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    Jon Gaddis completed East and West Pinnacle

    about 1 year ago

    Jon Gaddis completed Rim Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Jon Gaddis reviewed John Holder Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Jon Gaddis reviewed John Holder Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Jon Gaddis reviewed John Holder Trail

    over 2 years ago

    When I first hiked this trail, I didn't expect much. Boy was I wrong!!! For what it is, this trail is extremely scenic -- and historic. It has a lot of recent improvements on it (bridges), and a way to cross the river (some stones beyond the ford) without getting soaked. There are a lot of interesting ecosystems here, and a diversity of plant life I have yet to witness on any other Kentucky trail (there are a lot of rare plants here if you know what to look for). In the evening, the North American Brown Bat can be seen quietly swooping for insects above the river. Alligator gar float still in the waters, hunting their prey. There are old structures, stone walls from another time, beautiful waterfalls, an awesome rope bridge, historical markers, you name it. I honestly love this trail, living within driving distance. It is well developed, and truly a hidden treasure. It is not a remote wilderness, but its appeals are historical ones.

    This trail does not allow dogs, so leave your companion at home. After you cross the river, the trail (an old wagon trail) snakes up the mountain. It's not too hard, but it's a challenge. It comes out in an old paved driveway. Head to the right, and cross an old cattle gate, and you'll see the abandoned office and chimney of the Holder estate (they refer to it here as an "old plantation home." There are two old barns, and an old cemetery. It's pretty stinking neat. If you were to go straight instead of right (down the pavement) and follow the old stone wall across the field, you'll see a trailer, which I believe belongs to the dept of agriculture for EKU, I could be totally mistaken. It doesn't appear anyone lives here. The road leads steeply to the bottom of the mountain here where a rope bridge crosses the stream, it's really freaking awesome. They've really used huge stones and developed the area here, someone has poured a lot of money into construction down there. On the way down the mountain to the left there is another really awesome waterfall. After you cross that awesome rope bridge, there's an old rock house, mostly destroyed. I can't recall the history behind it at the moment, although I used to know. If you keep going a little further (do it) it leads to two cabins that are preserved with an overhead tin shelter/roof and no trespassing signs, from the dept of archaeology. It's awesome. Obviously don't go in there, the buildings are not structurally sound, but they're magnificent to examine.

    Jon Gaddis completed John Holder Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Jon Gaddis completed Whistling Arch Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Jon Gaddis followed Hillary Wilson-Yue

    over 2 years ago

    Jon Gaddis reviewed South Rim Visitor Center Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Jon Gaddis completed South Rim Visitor Center Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Jon Gaddis reviewed Yahoo Falls Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Jon Gaddis completed Yahoo Falls Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Jon Gaddis reviewed Fort Boonesborough Campground

    over 2 years ago

    Jon Gaddis reviewed Clingmans Dome Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Jon Gaddis completed Clingmans Dome Loop Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Jon Gaddis reviewed Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to US 19E

    over 2 years ago

    This section is amazing. It's exactly 15 miles. We completed the entire trail in 8 hours, used the shuttle service at Mountain Harbour. Bring a pump filter, plenty of springs. Buy the official AT guidebook if you need info on this trail.

    Jon Gaddis reviewed Moonbow Trail

    over 2 years ago

    This was some of the roughest 13 mile trek in my long history of hiking. It's maintained poorly, the terrain was pure hell, but then again , I'm out of shape. It's actually 13 miles, not 10. A section of it was washed out and crossing was a little chossy, I wouldn't recommend this trail for inexperienced hikers. It's fun and scenic, though, so enjoy it. I really loved the giant spider webs (the huge garden spider kind) I had to walk through every five feet. I wish I were exaggerating. When I slung my pack off at the end of the hike, there were like 15 thick banana spiders crushed all along my back, the poor things.

    Jon Gaddis completed Moonbow Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Jon Gaddis reviewed Cumberland Falls Number Two Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Well developed, more of a paved walked than much of a trail. At the end there's a gift shop, and a really good ice cream shop (seriously, try the ice cream here). The views are spectacular, though, so I highly recommend this trail. Recently, some Red Bull athletes went over the falls in their kayaks.

    Jon Gaddis saved Little River Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Jon Gaddis reviewed Sky Bridge Red River Gorge

    over 2 years ago

    This is an easy 'hike.' It's too easy. There's a paved parking lot right next to it and the trail is paved. The views are good but my only complaint is all the graffiti carved onto the rocks. It gets busy in the hiking season.

    Jon Gaddis completed Sky Bridge Red River Gorge

    over 2 years ago

    Jon Gaddis reviewed Berea Forest Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Jon Gaddis completed Berea Forest Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Jon Gaddis reviewed Anglin Falls

    almost 3 years ago

    This trail is tricky to find, as your GPS goes out around the area. It's easy if you use the directions provided online (we googled it). The trail itself is short, and a hidden treasure. It's not used a whole lot, the few times we've been we never saw any other hikers. Every time we rescue a box turtle we let it go out here, so if you see one, let it be. The waterfall is really cool, definitely a hike worth checking out.

    Jon Gaddis completed John Holder Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Jon Gaddis added John Holder Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Jon Gaddis reviewed Sheltowee Trace: Turkey Foot Campground to Kentucky River

    almost 3 years ago

    I will say this area is remote, and this section of the sheltowee trace is overgrown a bit. It is beautiful, but we managed to lose the trail a few times. We hit the trailhead at turkey foot campground, located at the back driving in. Keep an eye out for the trail, because of the en overgrowth we got side tracked a bit, but a great deal of it follows the river. I would rate this trail as more difficult than moderate.

    Jon Gaddis completed Anglin Falls Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Jon Gaddis completed Rock Bridge Trail Out and Back

    almost 3 years ago