Explore the most popular horseback riding trails in Daniel Boone National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

first few miles was good but it got hard with big rocks steep hills and some places I had to almost just carry my bike several down trees and creek crossings , some great rock formations along the way trail marked pretty good but one place after you get to a gravel area I lost it but if you stay to the right going from the church direction you be good got to the end and rode the road back to the church took 2 hours 45 min on trail and 57 min back on road.

To all commentaries if you don’t like the trails due to horse use then do not use trails where horses are allowed. Unfortunately there are a few elements that leave messes but they are not always horse people. My wife and I usually pack out garbage that others have left... including garbage from hikers.

Not terrible. I hiked it in the rain and the horses have beat it down pretty well. There are some decent views of the lake but it is mostly just a stroll through the woods. It’s long but there are no big hills. Expect mediocre views of the lake and no technical climbing or heart pumping hills.

road my horse many miles on this trail throughout the years. love it.

Had a really good time driving atvs from S tree campground to turkey foot campground it took nearly six hours and was packed with scenic trails and rock formations had a blast and wil be back.

Decent trail it is open to horses so there's a lot of bogs from the horses. 10 mile loop with the new part including part of the shendowee trace. What bothered me more was at the horse tie up there were a lot of garbage left behind and several beer cans along the trail. Beautiful along the lake area.

hiking
9 months ago

You CAN NOT get to this trail. There is a downed tree and the trail is way over grown. I'm 5'3" and it was well over my height. It needs maintenance if anyone is going to hike it. VERY disappointed when I went today to hike.

That's exactly what happened to me today couldn't fine that waterfall and there was a tree blocking the road.
But later on I will go back.

While in Kentucky, I decided to spend a few hours taking a hike. Since I have read about the nice parks and waterfalls in the area, I decided to try this one. Unfortunately, I was by myself and knew there were bears in the area. (I am from Maryland; and where I live, there are no bears.) So, I selected a trail from AllTrails that said it was "moderately trafficked". That made me feel a bit more comfortable knowing others may be around, especially on a Sunday. I followed the directions provided from the app. It led me down an unpaved, one-lane road into the woods. I was feeling a bit uncomfortable and was hoping I would eventually come to a parking area. There were no signs along the way, directing me to the trail head. After a 1.5 hour trip, with 4 minutes to go, there was a tree down across the "road." I had to turn around (carefully) and head back. Not once did I see cars or people in the "moderately trafficked" trail area. I have heard from others that the directions on AllTrails does not take you to the trailhead, nor are the trails clearly marked. Maybe you need to be familiar with the area. Or maybe the state parks in other states are not the same as in Maryland, which are clearly marked. I am very disappointed that all I have to show for a nice waterfall hike, is a sign of the Daniel Boone National Forest....

hiking
11 months ago

Poison ivy was everywhere. The trail was fairly overgrown and bugs galore. Yes I'm aware there are bugs in the woods but this place has an abundance. A little trail maintenance would make this a good place to hike.

The area is very pretty, with views of the lake. But, it was absolutely destroyed from horses riding the trail. The horse tracks made it impossible to actually walk on the trail, which resulted in trying to walk on the sides of the trail and/or through the woods. Would have been an easy hike otherwise. Also, came out covered in seed ticks. Highest amount of ticks of all of the many trails I've hiked this year.

hiking
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Nice trail, and views of the Cave Run Lake.

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Great trail, though horses have clearly been on it when they're restricted from it (until mid-May) and so they've made the soft, muddy sections really a mess. Mountain bikers, too, complain, but it's clearly marked no biking so they've no one but themselves to blame. It's clearly NOT suitable for that. But a great hike with some elevation and excellent trail marking. Could use some trail maintenance to remove fallen trees across the trail

hiking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

This is a beautiful waterfall and it is an easy hike from where we started. There are several ways in to it from the Nathan McClure trail. The entire Nathan McClure trail is 14 miles long and this is on the North end of the trail. You will be able to drive almost to it. So worth all the trouble we went through to find it.

backpacking
Saturday, March 25, 2017

The first half of this trail is best with the lake views.

Agree with some other comments related to the condition of the trail due to horse traffic, but overall, it is not too bad.

We covered the entire loop in about 4 hours with some snack stops.

on Caney Creek Loop Trail

Thursday, December 08, 2016

trail it self has some pretty views of lake, but like others said, its used as a horse trail, lots of muddy spots to bush wack around and poop to avoid stepping in.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Nice little trail for hikeing. Part of trail passes by nice cliff faces and neat rock boulders. Few hills to climb but mostly level and ridgetops. Trail makes a loop, and is marked with whit Dimonds.

mountain biking
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Terrible !
There is absolutely NO Maintence done on trail.
Plus this trail has become house trail.

Ps : there are some good trailsbut I haven't . Them yet

hiking
Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Nice trail for spring wildflowers. Also as Danny says below, some nice opp's for rock climbing/exploring. The problem is it is supposed to be a loop. Whatever I did, I started the hike on a paved road (CR 1030 or the road that goes to a cemetary) and ended up at a gravel road (1016) - no sign - I had no idea whether to go left or right to reconnect to the paved road where I started - if this happens to you, GO RIGHT! Soon the gravel road will pass a meadow, then go over a ford and back to the paved road.

hiking
Thursday, February 04, 2016

Excellent. 35 degrees in Feb. The water was a little high on the creek crossings, and most of the small markers for it are gone. But you won't lose the trail, because it is wide enough. However, the track that is recorded here is right on. Except I went across the creek at the south end by the road to the forest service road( the actual trail). It meets back up with the track in a mile or so. A lot of horses use this trail, so it is is wide and wallowed out in places. It was very muddy, but still really enjoyed it. Also, there looks like there could be some rock climbing opportunities, halfway around.

hiking
Monday, November 09, 2015

nice fall hike. fairly well marked. It is a trail shared with horseback riders as all say.

mountain biking
Sunday, August 16, 2015

One word describes it all-DON'T. This is the worst trail I've ever been on. According to AllTrails it is a multi use trail. It became very evident that the trail is actually a dedicated horse trail. I wouldn't recommend it for hikers either.

hiking
Friday, June 07, 2013

Nice loop trail in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Part of the trail (Caney Run) follows Cave Run Lake and eventually connects to the Sheltowee Trace trail. Used by hikers, mountain bikers, and horses. The Sheltowee Trace section shows considerable damage from horse and bike use. (not criticizing, just stating facts)

Trail is nice in the fall with the changing colors.

hiking
Saturday, May 25, 2013

Beautiful trail. We took the wrong loop and ended up going 12.5 miles. Oops. Lots of mud and horse muck to dodge.

hiking
Saturday, January 26, 2013

Quick and easy. Nice views of lake. Trailhead on left as you come up the road from parking lot.

hiking
Friday, October 05, 2012

Great views of Cave Run Lake. Started early ad was finished by noon. Lost of horse travel.

hiking
Thursday, August 09, 2012

This was a great trail. It's perfect if you want a view of Cave Run Lake and there is lots of tree cover for shade. It took a little longer than 4.5 hours, more like 6 hours if you include breaks. The only downside is that there is a lot of horse travel on this trail, so there is a lot of horse poop you have to navigate around. There is also more litter than I cared to see on a nature hike. It needs to be maintained a little better.

hiking
6 months ago

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