Looking for a great trail in Jefferson County Memorial Forest, Kentucky? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 10 moderate trails in Jefferson County Memorial Forest ranging from 1.7 to 10.6 miles and from 518 to 889 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Great for endurance. I hike it clockwise and get the worst climbs at the beginning rather than the end.. With the climbs, the hike feels longer than 3.5 miles. My iPhone, which is not that accurate, says 4.3. Several creek crossings.

very enjoyable hike

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muddy
6 days ago

Hiked out to Coral Ridge Loop and back. A little over 4 miles total. Beautiful trail! Muddy in spots but mostly dry.

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blowdown
muddy
8 days ago

Lovely moderately challenging trail with a couple of inclines that got the heart rate up. A little muddy due to tiny creeks crossing or following the path but good for the dog to drink from. One tree totally uprooted partially blocking the path but I'm sure that will soon be dealt with as others had been. Signs were clear so minimal chance of getting lost.

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muddy
off trail
rocky
washed out
17 days ago

enjoyed, few places get your heart a thumping

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30 days ago

Great hike, took about an hour and a half to complete. Quite a few hills to get your heart rate up.

hiking
1 month ago

nice loop. good elevations and water crossings. about an hour and a half for the whole loop.

Pleasant hike. Wasn’t able to complete the entire loop due to late start. Trail varied enough to be interesting. Liked all the water crossings. Will do again in the future when able to start earlier.

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muddy
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Plenty of creek crossings and hills packed into a small loop. There needs to be a notice for copperheads and rattlesnakes.

on Coral Ridge Loop

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muddy
1 month ago

Beautiful trail with a nice mild elevation change. Will definitely do again in the summer.

hiking
2 months ago

Muddy Monday morning meandering

Some sun finally!

pretty trail

Nice trail and well marked.

Medium challenge distance medium challenge elevation

I’ve done this loop a couple times, once descending to the lake and crossing the dam instead of doubling back to the siltstone connector. The only downside to Purple Heart is the condition of the trail on some of the ascents/descents. It has been washed out in places, so watch your footing.

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4 months ago

I would do this trail first then Siltstone, rest at welcome center, then return to Scott’s Gap. Winter hiking is best!

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4 months ago

We took the Yost to Michell Hill trail. It’s about 4 miles total trip of both trails. Beautiful views and would highly recommend it. Couple of steep hills but nothing to bad!

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4 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike. My Apple Watch says it’s 3.84 miles. I found this trail to mainly be easy terrain, but the hills are very steep. I like that it offers a nice variety of exercise, it’s not hard but will get your HR up and you’ll feel the burn in your butt and legs. Saw some really interesting things like a old car, deer, tiny waterfall, mushrooms and a face in the tree. I went around 12:30 and there was two cars in the lot, by the time I finished it was completely full. Definitely recommend doing this one early. Great day!

Lots of ice storm damage by the recent storm but overall very good. Would do again

Enjoyable Thanksgiving day hike with my 25 year old son. My dad took me mostly on Christmas days. We encountered several families and a solo hiker. We took everyone's advice and took the right fork. Beautiful day in the low 40's with blue sky and after the first ascend, mostly ups and downs thereafter.

Tough trail and a good workout, if that’s what you looking for. Would not recommend for a casual hike.

Beautiful hike as the leaves are changing. Long enough and short enough. Went with a group, took just under 2 hours.

hiking
5 months ago

The welcome center has this trail listed as 2.5 miles at most, so I wasn’t sure what to add in to get to the length others experienced. Path was always easy to follow- took the Yost ridge trail to the Coral Ridge Loop, then back to the welcome center. Went in early November, foliage was beautiful and trail wasn’t very muddy yet. Little bit of elevation, but an easy go overall.

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5 months ago

Gorgeous hike, love this trail out of all others at Jefferson Memorial Forest. I always take the right hand fork at the beginning of the trail. A steep ascent but comes to a stunning overlook.

We done this trail twice last weekend for training. There were two picnic tables but no restrooms.

A nice relatively short trail. There is a creek bed to cross at the bottom of the valley, but it was dry when I crossed it. The beginning and end of the trail are flat.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail is wide and is fairly easy to walk. There were very few obstacles along the way and no steep sections. It is appropriate for any age child. This trail is shared with horses so watch where you step. I'd like to do this trail again in winter since there are some areas that look like they would have good views once all of the leaves fall.

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