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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.5 miElevation gain990 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingRock climbingRiverViews
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Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, P.O. Box 23170, 320 Sixth Avenue, North , Nashville, TN, 37202, Phone: 615-741-2158

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.

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Rachel Stephens
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HikingGreat!

The trail was great, well marked, and easy to follow.

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Andrew Newell
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pretty views of the river, nice museum and bridge nearby

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Clay Hackney
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Rob Newman
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Ken Holland
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HikingGreat!

Fun hike! Enjoyed the diverse scenery and interesting trails. Great views from the top and loved walking by the massive rapids. Completed the loop counterclockwise starting at the mining museum - would recommend.

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Sarah Wahlstedt
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Other than the part of the trail running close to the road it’s wonderful. We took the off shoots to both overlooks and spent some time checking out the “outdoor museum”. Enjoyed the varied terrain and ecosystems.

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Ricardo Martinez
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it's an easy trail but really beautiful, totally worth it

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Kimberlee Everson
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Sarah Price
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HikingGreat!

We did parts of the trail- from Blue Heron Overlook to Crack-in-the-Rocks, along the Devil’s Jump overlook, and around the Blue Heron Mine. While it is a lovely trail, I don’t see how you could possibly hike it through with a dog as the Crack-in-the-Rocks section is impassible for a dog.

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Pam Mooney
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Long but doable trail. Clockwise has less extreme climbs. Careful if taking dogs couple of very steep, almost ladders steps. Would do it again.

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Matthew Garnett
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Dara Close
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Way too long and difficult for me. I turned around at the river and slogged back up. Beautiful views and amazing rock formations.

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Todd Banus
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Staci Wright
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Nature trips

The trail view at Devil’s Loop was incredible to experience! I’m marking this as a 3 star because the signage is inconsistent. We thought we were on the wrong trail when passing the weedy path up the hill and rocks where it said “hiking trail”, so we were uncertain we were on the loop and circled back the direction we came before finishing the loop. We also got stung by a group of yellow jackets right on the trail. It’s part of nature but that was painful and resulted in us turning around when the signage got confusing.

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Buck Graham
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HikingGreat!

We parked on Overlook Rd in the first of three parking areas. We did the loop counterclockwise so that we would break for lunch by the river. Loved Cracks in the Rocks and both overlooks.

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Nicole White
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HikingBugsMuddy

First half along river very scenic. Some steep steps and ladder made it difficult to complete with dog. Did not love middle section by road - not peaceful to hear cars zooming by

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Jay Naymik
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Sara Gregory
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This trail and other Big South Fork trails are open. We didn’t hike the entire loop but two small segments: from the Blue Heron Overlook parking lot to Crack-in-the-Rocks (and back) and from the Blue Heron Outdoor Museum parking lot along the river to the Devil’s Jump rapids (and back). This was a great way to see a couple highlights without doing the whole loop. Blog about Crack-in-the-Rocks: https://sarabethgregory.com/big-south-forks-cracks-in-the-rocks/

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Alexa Buccieri
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CLOSED!!!

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Destiny Wright
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Really enjoyed this hike, lengthy though.

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Samantha Russell
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Fantastic trail! We got a little lost due to lack of trail markers but not too bad when you realize the “trail” suddenly ends. Very interesting with LOTS to see! Plan to move slowly so you don’t miss anything. Beautiful caves and plenty of waterfalls to feast your eyes on! There were a few down trees we had to walk around but the weather has been crazy the last week or two

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Brande Ruskusky
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Kara Leann
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Overall a nice trail. Lots of wildlife. We came across several deer including a buck that was not worried about our presence at all, a timber rattlesnake, and a group of turkeys. There were some tree blow downs blocking the trail in some places, but easy enough to climb over. Lots of nice views, and switchbacks when going up and down. So the elevation was very easy to handle. Very beautiful trail. Some of the wooden structures (like bridges) are due up for repair (ie loose, missing boards, breaking down, etc) but everything was still able to be used. The trail reminds me of various parts of the red river gorge, rolled up into one shorter trail. The trail was pretty well marked as well, which is always nice. The trail blazes are green. Horses can use sections of this trail.

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Jared Radford
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HikingOver grown

Great views overall, but there were too many sections that were far too overgrown. It has a weird combination of sections that have pavement or gravel, follow the road, or sections that you almost need to hack your way through. I'm sure it would be even more beautiful in the fall.

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Dan Dustin
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Good hike. Trail markers could be more consistent, at times use"hiking trail" rather than "blue heron".

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Jeff Miller
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Very nice trail, would have given it 5 stars but it follows the road very closely for awhile. I didn't care for that part but other than that very nice. Terrain isn't very difficult, and it's the loop is 6.4 miles instead of 7.5.

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