Explore the most popular lake 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.

This was our first time to the area. Trail was great in the beginning, loved the suspension bridge, but then it got confusing and we got lost. We happened upon one sign that the top had been knocked off, not sure what was on it. I’ll be sending in the picture in and hopefully they’ll get it fixed. On another sign, the words for the trail were barely legible. Somehow we ended up on the rough trail and had been walking five hours before we walked out, thankfully with the help of a couple of hikers who have been there before and who knew the area.

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.

very nice trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice walk around the lake! We were coming off illness (but needed to stretch our legs) and looking for an easy Sunday hike. Also wanted something relatively dry (no creek crossings) as it wasn't an especially warm day. This checked all the boxes. Minimal elevation changes and obstacles. Easy to follow trail (you take the road back to complete the loop). Expect to see lots of lake views, accessible beach areas, and some rock formations. Also, lots of trash. Like a lot :-(. I'm sure on a summer day it would be a different experience with lots of boat traffic as well, but the lake was fairly quiet on this March day. I had a toddler in a backpack carrier (and a baby in my belly), and an 8 year old on foot - the loop took about 2 hours with plenty of breaks to skip stones and play.

Recent maintenance work on the trail by the USFS has made a big improvement.

Beautiful lakeside early March hike. We found a small beach to stop for a quick lunch and just to enjoy the lake with no boats and no one else around. It’s a super simple hike. You will need a map as the trail is not marked until you get right up on it. There are benches throughout the trail overlooking the lake you need a little break. We also found picnic tables and grills at the end of the trail we didn’t see when we piled up so that was a nice little surprise. Excited to come back in the summer when it warmer to float and grill! ***** There IS lots so trash

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.

Decent hike. Follows mostly along the lake, which is great, but there’s not a lot else to see. Pretty easy hike overall, we went all the way in and out and it was 8 miles round trip. Nothing technically difficult. Trail is well marked and maintained.

its a nice hike

backpacking
5 months ago

You can't go wrong in RRG!

backpacking
6 months ago

Loved it

We hiked this trail from the parking lot across from Vanhook Falls trail to the Holly Bay Campground. The trail is pretty well clear and fairly easy to hike at a fast pace. There is several small bridges to cross. I would definitely hike this trail again!

Easy and nice trail. Overlook was cool

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.

9 months ago

horrible. Just a reallly bad walk along beach. the beach is covered in dead trees. You have to constantly step over them. also see trash that people left behind. horrible trail

my best friend and I are section hiking the sheltowee this year. from what we've experienced, and talking to others who have hiked it's full length, the first 20 miles are the hardest. the first time we were out we hiked the northern terminus to dry branch road which is section 1-2. the next go will be next week and we hope to knock out the next half of the hardest miles. we were very disappointed by how many broads there were. it made finding a spot to camp, but the trail was easy to follow, challenging, beautiful and just our pace. it's also nice that there's not much traffic, but the trails are well maintained.

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.

Did about 3 miles of it. Very overgrown and dirty. Poorly maintained. Wouldn't recommend

hiking
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Nice trail, and views of the Cave Run Lake.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

very senic

Saturday, April 15, 2017

good scenery, easy hike

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

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.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

not marked. you need this app to stay on the trail.

walking
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

loud boats. trash. maybe good for a quick walk if you live nearby. But not worth the effort of a special trip. After hiking in nearby Big South Fork, the area is very loud with fishing boats and very disturbed. I decided to quit after about 10 minutes because of the noise, boat fumes, trash on the trail and general poor conditions. Again, good for a local person, not worth a special trip.

hiking
Friday, February 10, 2017

I didnt get completely finished with this trail.....had an accident but I did about half and it was easy and very pretty.

Monday, January 09, 2017

great trail! near the beginning you will come across "Jump Rock" which is a giant rock to jump off into the rock quarried river. Great place to swim on a hot summer day.

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.

we will hike this Sheltowee Trace in its full length. Started from the Northern terminal at the trail head on November 9th 2016. I will spend my 71st birthday on this hike with my son Tom. We left at 3pm and hiked in 2 miles and stopped for the night. Right away we are aware of deer. We are trying to get this hike in before Saturday's Deer Seasons open. This trail has many private property signs along the trail. The blaze marks are also very good. First night temperature got down to 31deg. At 4.2 miles there is a good camping spot with water to be filtered. At Dry branch which is 10miles there is water from a faucet at a property owner that is very hiker friendly. We left a vehicle here because it is close to the halfway point for this leg. We went on through the cattle gate here until we came to the next cattle gate. We made sure to close them to keep his cattle in. At 11 miles we set up another camp. Next morning set out again and came to Holly Branch and a road where we could filter water. This is at 12miles. From here it is up a valley then a steep climb to a log road that parallels Hi way 64 for about 3/4 miles where at 15 miles we cross over hi way 64. Walked the forestry Ridge Rd for 4 miles then to Morehead to get the other vehicle. Total hike was about 26 miles. The scenery is hilly with lots of wildlife. We plan to repeat this action on following legs. Take two vehicles. Put one at trailhead and the other one at the end.

Monday, November 07, 2016

This was an easy trail. Loved the view! The trees were beautiful!

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