Blue Heron Loop Trail

MODERATE 20 reviews

Blue Heron Loop Trail is a 7.5 mile loop trail located near Strunk, Kentucky that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1417 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

rock climbing

river

views

Directions from Stearns: Travel west on KY 92 approximately 1.3 miles and turn left on 1651. After driving approximately 1.1 miles turn right onto KY742 in Revelo. Drive approximately 8.2 miles to Blue Heron. After passing the entrance to the campground, turn left onto the Overlook Road. The Blue Heron Loop may be started at the first parking area or on the Overlook Road. You may also access the trail from the Blue Heron Mining Community.

hiking
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1 month ago

One of the most beautiful trails in Kentucky I think. The views are breathtaking.

2 months ago

fun trail overlooks and river views are awesome

hiking
3 months ago

4 months ago

part of the trail is closed currently..

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Great afternoon trail! Beautiful scenic walk that at times can provide one heck of a workout!

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike. Well maintained trails with a great parking area.

9 months ago

backpacking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

great hike had to remove a lot of debris off of trail from recent storm.

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Great view at Devils jump overlook.

Monday, May 16, 2016

I loved the crack rocks and the overlooks were nothing short of majestic. The tipple was a disappointment in my book. 6 stars.

hiking
Monday, May 09, 2016

Excellent trail!! Recommend the trail for intermediate hikers but the trail head features a museum with restrooms and an old coal tipple. The trail has lots of beautiful views of the Cumberland River and is a great work out. If it weren't only 55 degrees when we went, we would have jumped in the river. There were several mine entrances along the trail. I would recommend this trail in the spring and fall to see the budding and foliage. It is a little bit of a challenge.

hiking
Saturday, April 23, 2016

hiking
Monday, April 11, 2016

We had a great hike on a Sunday morning. Crack in the Rocks and Devil's Jump are neat features

hiking
Sunday, April 03, 2016

Very nice trail. We went left from the first parking lot to start the loop, and highly recommend doing the same if you have children or dogs with you, as descending very steep steps with dogs is much harder than ascending.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Beautiful moderate trail. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR CLIMBING IN BIG SOUTH FORK, THIS IS WHERE YOU WANT TO BE. There are roughly 30-40 routes ranging (from what seems to be and what i have found on rockclimbing.com) 5.10 - 5-11.b

hiking
Monday, February 10, 2014

Great trail with several different viewings of the gorge from beside the river to above it on the overlooks. There are many old coal mining openings and areas of rock houses with interesting views. At the beginning of the trail is the living museum for the Blue Heron coal mining community with exhibits and the coal tipple area for loading cars, well worth the visit.