Explore the most popular birding trails in Jefferson County Memorial Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
17 days 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.

28 days ago

I really enjoyed this trail and it’s ups and downs although it was my first time today and I did not have this app which would have been helpful as there are a few turns and you could get turned easily off the loop.

Well marked and nice balance of different types of terrain.

I love this trail. As others have said, it will keep the heart rate up. It’s a clean trail with beautiful wildflowers and we’ve seen plenty of deer and other wildlife. Personally, I prefer to get the sharp ascent out of the way first, so that would be counter-clockwise on the loop.

trail running
2 months ago

Ran this trail today for the first time and even though it had rained the day before, the trail was very manageable with not a lot of muddy spots. Beautiful trail under a nice canopy of trees. I can highly recommend it.

Nice little day hike

Nice trail. I do most of my hiking in the west so nice change of scenery for me.

hiking
2 months ago

between trail marker 3 and 4 there is supposed to be a look out somewhere. I didn't find if. nor did I fine trail marker 4 or 5. I was at 6 before I knew it. didnt set out to hike the whole loop but I don't regret it. hot day, good hike.

Nice Kentucky hike

Nice trail but not clearly marked as “yost Trail” along the way so you have to figure out which trail to take that is included in the 10.6 miles. We ended up doing 11-12 miles. Not much elevation. Some downed trees that were a bit difficult to climb over. But my biggest dislike was so much horse feces on the trail, unable to avoid and all over our boots.

Scott's Gap section is the most under appreciated section of JMF. This trail has been one of my favorites for years.

Loved this trail! Clean wide path with easy to see blazes. 2 spots of steep elevation that made me sweat:) the park is nice with plenty of restrooms, water and trash cans. Shady spot with picnic tables at trail head for lunch afterwards.

Well marked with a good balance of level and elevated terrain.

hiking
4 months ago

It was a good trail. Nice hike, but there wasn’t a lot of good views.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked three trails and two connectors a few weekends ago (Coral Ridge Loop, Holsclaw Hill Loop and Button Mold View Loop). 9.6 miles in 3 hours and 27 minutes. Elevation gain was gradual.

When you come to the first fork. take a left. If you right you instantly go up a long steep incline right off the bat. The trail is a series of steep inclines and declines. It was 89 (feels like 92) degrees out when I went and it was to hot and humid. Probably would not be near as tough if it was cooler.

Great hike! Probably one of my favorites of JMF

We loved it! Kid friendly!

Easy going trail. Lush green forest and the creeks were all flowing. I just wish it was longer!

hiking
5 months ago

Fun hike! Trail was in great condition. Will hike again.

Moderate trail with a couple hills worth a couple hours of hiking.

Great trail, moderate skill level,bring plenty of water the inclines on a hot day will leave you parched.

Nice, quality hike. Not very challenging, elevation gains aren’t too severe.

Really enjoyable hike. It was a bit muddy in spots from all of the rain but still safe

Awesome hike! Very muddy after a big rain. Took the shortcut which had one big climb.

The only reason this trail is not rated hard is that it is not rocky. This little 3.3 is a beast from beginning to end. It is probably my favorite of all the trails in JMF. It will have you feeling like you walked 6 miles, but wish you were doing 6 more. I like to hike it from off the Siltstone (Bearcamp Rd. Trailhead) which adds a few extra miles and you can lollipop it. Great hike, beautiful views and and a lot of up and down.

Great workout and wildlife.

This is a great trail for all skill levels! It was my first time hiking in 5 months and I thought it was a great trail to get me back into it. You do share the trail with horses which we loved. It was March when we went so not a lot of greenery but still breathtaking. We found a spot to stop and have lunch and take some pictures. I definitely recommend it!

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