Blackburn Rock Overlook

EASY 12 reviews

Blackburn Rock Overlook is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Means, Kentucky that features a great forest setting. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.0 miles
354 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


nature trips



The hike begins along the continuation of the gravel Hatton Ridge Road for about 1.5 miles. Take a side trail on the right and hike into a clearing. The last 0.5 miles is a peaceful walk on a wooded ridge top to a spacious overlook.

26 days ago

It’s a very easy trail. Lots of pretty wild flowers. The ending was definitely worth it. The last three miles of the drive is a narrow gravel road.

1 month ago

Beautiful view. Unmarked entrance with a slight incline. The trail is to the right. You can drive all the way up to the trail. If you park at the cemetery there is a walk up a gravel road. Nothing to see.

One lane gravel road up to the cemetery.

Definitely would go again.

2 months ago

Beautiful! Easy walk. We hiked this with about 3 inches of snow on the ground and snow still falling. The view was amazing. The forest was very pretty too! Easy enough that kids aged 7,6 and 4 were able to enjoy too.

8 months ago

Easy hike, with very little man made noise around. The overlook at the end of the trail was worth the drive from Lexington. June, when the mountain laurels and sourwood trees are in bloom would be a good time to visit.
One word of advice. When you come upon the side trail, it's easy to dismiss as just a path someone beat across a clearing to the edge of the woods. It is unmarked. The AllTrails map is a bit deceiving too. The gravel road continues south . You can see it on the USGS mapping: Frenchburg and Slade Quads. You are looking for a clearing on the right side of the road. Immediately on the edge of the clearing is the trail on a slight incline that will lead through the woods to the overlook.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The overlook at the end of the trail is rated a 15/10 according to the author Jerrell Goodpaster of Hinterlands. Even though this trail goes along an unused gravel road, the eventual woods hike and stellar views are worth it.

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