Bridges to the Past

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Bridges to the Past is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near West Point, Kentucky that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

2.4 miles
239 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

no dogs

Paved walking trail, along creek, historic points of interest This hike offers a very nice scenic trail as well as one full of historic points of interest. The trail is paved the entire route, and follows the old L&N Turnpike. The Turnpike was chartered in 1837, and was used until 1919 when it was deemed too close to artillery ranges at Fort Knox. Even today it is common to hear artillery being fired while you are walking the trail. Along the trail you will see 3 stone bridges that are over 150 years old. During World War II, German POW's were used to repair the bridges. Near the end of the trail, Sieboldt Cave can be seen on your left. The cave is visible year round, but you are not allowed to approach the cave. Shortly past the cave is a gate closing the road, which is where you turn around and retrace you steps. This trail is on Military property, and is sometimes closed for training missions

10 days ago

Great hiking for all skill levels even wheel chair accessible. Beautiful scenery waterfalls, springs, caves. You are walking on a paved trail between two knobs. In the description says no dogs, don't know why. Mine went with me.

2 months ago

Nice, well marked trail / road. Learning and pondering history of the turnpike is worth the hike.

2 months ago

Nice paved trail with a lot of history. Seibolt cave was a neat find. I'll be coming back with my gear to explore.

3 months ago

Great historic route, as this is the old Louisville and Nashville Turnpike. Grateful that Fort Knox and surrounding communities have preserved a section of the old road. You will cross three historic limestone arch bridges and will pass by several springs that emanate from the bluffs on both sides. Dripping Springs is right before the gate, as is Sieboldt Cave. The gate is about 1-1.5 miles past the trestle. The road continues on to Wilson Road on Fort Knox, although walking past the gate is illegal.

3 months ago

I was scared to run alone. Eery trail, bring a weapon or friend with cell. Perfect place to be robbed or murdered......

5 months ago

Lovely paved out and back path with plenty of room for bikers, walkers, and runners. Caves and bridges marked so exploring is easier! Only downside is you start hearing the nearby outdoor gun range at around the 1.5 mile.

6 months ago

the signs for this trail apparently do not do it justice, I walked a majority of it before turning around after not understanding the point. after seeing the reviews on this app I will walk it again and follow the tips from other hikers

6 months ago

half of the trail was closed

9 months ago

Very scenic hike, especially if you know where the caves are.

Monday, August 08, 2016

This was a very interesting was a very interesting trial. The path was an important route for the transportation of troops and supplies during the Civil War. There are short pants into each creek bed to allow for photography and exploration of the bridges. It is very well maintained, and while it is not challenging, this Trail is something everyone in the area should explore.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Nice gentle uphill walk with 3 one hundred and fifty year old bridges. My imagination ran wild thinking of the travelers from long ago. My only complaint would be that this trail had the most aggressive bugs buzzing me the entire time !

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

A true pleasure!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

nice path to walk.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

nice walk

Saturday, November 14, 2015

This trail was awesome! Love the historical markers along the way. The first bridge is my favorite. To really get a good look at the bridges you need to get off of the paved path and walk down and look at the bridge. There are some small waterfalls along the way so be on the look out for those too.

Monday, October 26, 2015

this was awesome, not sure when it opened up again but it was open today. with the leaves falling everywhere and the nice cool air it was among the best places I've ever been and I would highly suggest checking it out before it closes again

Friday, October 16, 2015

This trail has been reopened. Would be better after a good rainfall.

Saturday, February 09, 2013


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