Wildcat Trail Loop is a 5.8 mile loop trail located near Pine Ridge, KY that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
The Wildcat Loop begins at the eastern terminus of the Rough Trail. The trail descends into Sons Branch while passing large stands of rhododendron and hemlock trees. At the intersection with Swift Camp Creek, hikers can cross the creek to find large camping areas. After about a mile hiking up Sift Camp, Don Juans Garden presents a majestic grove of hemlocks along an impressive cliff known as Wildcat Wall. After returning to the ridge on trail #228, the Wildcat Trail, hikers can find abundant lady slippers in spring.
This trail has been badly affected by the huge storms that blew through in July 2015, and there were many downed trees that made it difficult to get through as of July 28. However, once all the trees are cleared I can see it being a great, easy trail with only moderate elevation change to get to a beautiful campsite on Swift Camp Creek, about a five minute walk to the north from where Wildcat tees into the Swift Camp Creek trail.