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    Karen Conn added Nature Walk

    over 2 years ago

    Karen Conn saved Caney Run Loop

    about 3 years ago

    Karen Conn saved Auxier Ridge Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Karen Conn saved Courthouse Rock Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Karen Conn completed Gray's Arch Trail Loop

    about 3 years ago

    Karen Conn saved Panther Creek Park Trails

    about 4 years ago

    Karen Conn saved Jenny Wiley Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Karen Conn completed Nature Walk

    over 4 years ago

    Karen Conn saved Sky Bridge Red River Gorge

    almost 5 years ago

    Karen Conn reviewed Lost Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    I hiked the Lost Trail loop and part of the Mary Davis trail today. I really enjoyed the mile along the lake, but beyond the lake, there isn't enough to see to make the steep climb back to the start really worth it. So I decided to hike part of the Mary Davis trail, to see where it might lead, and about 1.5 miles or so into it, the path forks and the blaze color changes. Without a map (Mary Davis is not fully marked on the brochure map) I decided to head back to where the it forks from the Lost Trail. Got in almost 6 miles, not bad, just wish there was more to see.

    Karen Conn added Lost Trail / Mary Davis Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Karen Conn checked in to Lost Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Karen Conn completed Lost Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Karen Conn added Raven Bridge Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Karen Conn added Claylick Loop Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Karen Conn completed Kiser Hollow Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Karen Conn reviewed Monhegan Island Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    It's been since I was a teenager (about 15 years ago) since I last hiked here. Monhegan remains my favorite place in the entire world! I get a rush of feel-good feelings just thinking about all the fairy houses in the woods and the waves crashing at the base of the cliffs...

    Karen Conn completed Monhegan Island Cliff Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Karen Conn saved Graysarch Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Karen Conn added Box Canyon Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Karen Conn reviewed Horn Hollow Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    This trail packs quite a punch in less than 2 miles (about 1.75 on my watch). You will be close to both Laurel Cave and Horn Hollow Cave along the way, and even though both are closed due to White Nose Syndrome, you can still explore around the entrances - Laurel Cave is especially captivating. (Sidenote: about 20+ years ago, my dad used to bring me and my two brothers and a couple of flashlights through that entire cave, and it is excellent. I really hope they reopen it so I can take my daughter in there to explore, too.) Anyway, this trail is exceptionally hilly, but it's short and sweet.

    Karen Conn reviewed Greenbo Lake Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    This trail is actually goes by the name of Michael Tygart on the state park map. It's closer to 8 miles, and it's misleadingly referred to as a loop, even though it starts at the lodge and ends at marina (which are about a mile apart, making it almost 9 miles that way). This trail makes for a great run, however, be prepared for a tough uphill around the cemetery after you cross the road about 1.25 miles into the hike. When you reach the next road about 3 miles later, you will go up the road about .25 miles until the trail reappears around the Claylick Loop trailhead. I didn't know about this the first time on the trail, and I became fed up searching for the other half of the trail, so me and my friend just turned around and ran back the way we came. But the next time we returned, we found where the trail restarted, and the last half was well worth the trouble of searching for it. After you descend downhill, the next two miles are nearly flat. Around the time you get back to the lake, you have about 1.5 miles left of rolling hills and spectacular views of the lake. Unfortunately, when the trail ends, you are still a mile or so away from where you began, so if you don't have anyone to pick you up from the marina, you will have to walk the road back to the lodge. (Bummer.)

    Karen Conn reviewed Three Bridges Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    This is my favorite trail at Carter Caves! I have hiked this trail many, many times since I was a little girl, and it just never gets old. This trail by fair has the most "landmarks," which include the "three bridges" - Smokey Bridge, Raven Bridge and Fern Bridge. You go to the left toward Fern or to the right uphill toward Smokey Bridge at the trail head. Each is approximately a mile from the start. This loop includes many ups and downs, and the rock formations that make up all three natural bridges are phenomenal! I love this trail, and I will continue to hike it several times a year as long as my legs work!

    Karen Conn reviewed House Mountain

    almost 5 years ago

    I hiked this with my husband during Memorial Day weekend on a whim after checking out nearby trails on the app. What a climb to the top! Definitely worth it, however, I was not prepared the massive amounts of poison ivy growth along the bottom 2/3 of the mountain (or I would have worn long pants). Fortunately, honeysuckle was in full bloom, and the fragrance of it for the climb up and down the mountain more than made up for it. Spectacular views from the top... I would love to hike it again in the late fall or early spring for more spectacular views from the lack of foliage.

    Karen Conn reviewed Carter Caves Cross Country Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    I've hiked this trail in its entirety once, and hiked portions of it combined with sections of the Three Bridges trail (making up 4.5 and 6 mile loops that way, where the trails intersect or nearly cross each other). This trail features a little bit of everything! You get to cross a couple of suspension bridges (which I don't recommend sprinting across.. yikes!). You'll get the opportunity to go through two different natural arches, The Shangri-La Arch, which is very cave-like, and Fern Bridge, which is a larger natural bridge (and the more impressive rock formation of the two), named after the many ferns that grow along and around the archway. The fern bridge is also a part of the Three Bridges trail, which makes up the last nearly two miles of the 4Cs.

    Other challenges and sights along the trail: Just before the second suspension bridge, the trail seems to pretty much disappear. Due to storm damage surrounding a dried-up creek bed, A few of the marked trees are down, and the orange blazes will disappear for a while. Instead of continuing forward after the trail seems to stop, you will need to cross the rocky creek bed with several trees down, and go back the direction you were coming from until you can climb where there is a not-so-obvious orange blaze. Once you reach this point, if you turn around, you will be able to see where a couple of the marked trees are bent in half. From here on, the trail is clearly marked again. But before you get to this point, about midway along the trail is a freshly bulldozed area that is extremely muddy in the day or two following a downpour, and going uphill in that muck is extremely challenging, especially if you are attempting to run the trail. You will also go through a very muddy patch (uphill, again, argh) during the second mile of this trail.

    For obvious reasons, KY state parks has posted signs asking for volunteers for cleanup along this trail. But aside from the challenges of muddy sections and the section where one can easily get lost, this is a very interesting trail. As far as wildlife goes, I've come across many deer and a few lizards and snakes. If you run trails, be prepared for a challenge, because this trail is very rocky in some places and very muddy in others. It's also broken up in a few places with stairways and bridges. If you need to shorten it due to time constraints as I have before, it is easily broken up into shorter loops combining it with the three bridges trail at different places.

    Karen Conn saved Day Hike Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Karen Conn completed The Overlook Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Karen Conn saved Lost Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Karen Conn completed Kaymoor Trail

    about 5 years ago