Barren River from Tailwater Campground

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Bowling Green, Kentucky

Barren River from Tailwater Campground is a 13.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Bowling Green, Kentucky that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for camping, nature trips, birding, and canoeing and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 13.3 miles Elevation Gain: 144 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

paddle sports

bird watching




wild flowers

paddle sports
private property
25 days ago

Apparently this is a nice paddle sports route on the Barren River between the Tailwater Campground and Highway 101 near Smiths Grove. There is no hiking trail. There's a boat ramp on the upstream campground side with good parking nearby. There doesn't appear to be any safe place to park on the Hwy 101 side downriver.

over grown
washed out
9 months ago

No clear trail head; once we found the trail head, ended into a small lake after 25 yards; no indication as to where the trail picks up. Poor original directions. Wasted time driving out here!!!!!

scenic driving
Sat Mar 19 2016

A really nice ride through country you want to come back to.

scenic driving
Sat Mar 19 2016

We followed it by road. A little cooler today but a beautiful day for a ride.

Sat Mar 16 2019

Sat Oct 06 2018

Thu Jan 25 2018

paddle sports
Mon May 27 2013