Blue Trail [CLOSED]

MODERATE 12 reviews

Blue Trail [CLOSED] is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fairdale, Kentucky that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
728 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

The trail is located in the Paul Yost section of the Forest. This section contains a network of loop trails including the Mitch McConnell Loop (5.4 miles), and a series of horse trails. No matter which direction you start, the Blue Trail immediately climbs out of the valley of the parking area. The profile was made by taking the loop in the southern direction. This offers the steepest initial climb, but allows for a mostly downhill hike after the first mile. The entire trail is through mostly open, hardwood forests. There is very little undergrowth, which gives great views, even through the woods. The surrounding area can be steep in places, but the trail is nicely carved into the hillside, avoiding the steepness and maintaining a nice flow through the forest. Towards the end of the loop, there is a final climb, which gives great views to the north of downtown Louisville, about 15 miles away.

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5 months ago

This blue trail is closed for resting. This website is out of date for the paul yost area, go to jefferson memorial forest's official website for the new trails here which include 3 loops and 3 connector trails. The yellow trail is no longer used as well.

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6 months ago

It's a nice enough trail, but there is way too much horse crap on the ground to make it an enjoyable hike.

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7 months ago

11 months ago

needed this!!!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Beautiful scenery. Would have enjoyed it more if there was a water source to stop at. But otherwise, a great time!

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Great local hike.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Friday, April 22, 2016

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Good ole time.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

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Saturday, April 30, 2011

This was a very nice hike on a sunny afternoon in mid April. Seveal wildflowers, dogwoods, and redbuds were blooming. There are a couple of moderately steep hills to climb, but overall for a newly retired hiker such as me in average shape, the trail was relatively easy. It was a nice quite, relaxing afternoon - only saw two other hikers - even though the forest is near populated areas. There were no overlooks with scenic views, but the scenery through the forest was very nice.

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Monday, February 07, 2011

I hiked this trail yesterday and as all others stated, this is not moderate! There are some nice views of the surrounding area and some great ridgeline hiking. As stated in other reviews, bring plenty of water. I would recommend this hike but please make sure you are prepared.