Bridges to the Past is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near West Point, Kentucky that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 147 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

partially paved

views

waterfall

historic site

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

hiking
18 hours ago

So great for strollers! Paved the entire time and super scenic!!! Lots of creeks and bridges!!! Great for kiddos!

hiking
5 days ago

Paved the whole way but there are areas off the path to explore easily enough. We came across and discovered two caves, three bridges, the creek that runs along the path, and a swimming hole. It looks like a great place to do a family bike ride since the paved path is wide enough.

hiking
bugs
6 days ago

Gate says it’s close just walk around. Very nice little stretch of paved road along side the creek. 1 bridge you come across is the best nice little swimming hole. Cave at the end of the road is also nice little sight.

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike for the whole family. Creek to play in along the way with a cave at the end. Easy enough for all ages.

hiking
27 days ago

A paved walking path, kids enjoyed playing in the creeks and checking out the bridges and caves.

1 month ago

Short walk through a beautiful wooded area. Has been raining so lots of waterfalls running throughout. Lots of green and wildflowers. Very peaceful very easy walk just too short.

1 month ago

it was fun for my wife, 3 year old and myself. definitely want to go into the cave deeper. i will be prepared next time.

walking
1 month ago

I would not call this trail a hike. More a nature walk. But it was really beautiful there today as it's been raining a lot so the water was rushing and many small waterfalls. Very green out too. Super easy walk on paved trail no incline.

hiking
1 month ago

Really easy to walk

hiking
1 month ago

Great family hike

hiking
1 month ago

This is an amazing trail, it gets more beautiful the more you go. Try to get to the start at the most 5:00PM EST to complete the trail at 7:00PM.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Highly recommend for kids! Lots to explore!

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Great trail for my kid who had never hiked before!!! We had a great time just getting out of the house with all the stuff of the world recently! Definitely recommended for beginners, not interesting really for anyone else, but seeing her light up and enjoy it was well worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

This was a very enjoyable trail. Had a nice cave too!

hiking
2 months ago

More walking than hiking, but such a pretty place to go even right after the snow and rain clears up. It’s paved well and you can walk on the rocks along the water also. Our dogs loved it.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this trail. It is paved, so perfect for a day when you are aching to get outside after a lot of rainy weather! Good for families with children.

3 months ago

Fun super easy. We decided on this one today because it's stroller accessible. My son did enjoy the views. Great place to take pictures. you could hop skip and jump the whole way on the stream if you don't have a little one with you. My 10 and 8 yr olds used the stream and I used the paved trail so it was a good experience and good exercise for the kids. Will go back.

hiking
4 months ago

Paved, was covered in wet leaves and some mud runoff due to recent rains, but the creek was running and beautiful- go down next to the bridge and get a good view of how it was built, lots of runoff next to the trail. Easy and a fast walk - great for everyone

hiking
4 months ago

The Tioga Falls and Bridges to the Past trails are right at the same trailhead. Both are short and easy. Tioga trail is detoured onto a road for the first 1/4. Tioga has a lot of water after the last two days of rain. Bridges is a paved road and while not challenging, much prettier than Tioga trail.

hiking
7 months ago

A nice walk with a bit of history in the bridges. The stream beds with rock are very interesting. I liked that they had signs of the types of trees on a few trees, so look for those to learn the forest species. If you are doing this Bridges trail, you may as well do the Tioga Falls trail also. Makes for a little less than a 5 mile hike....so a perfect combo with the history of the bridges, falls, and a vista on the Tioga trail.

hiking
7 months ago

I would consider this more of a leisurely walk than a hike. The Creek runs all along side it, very pretty and serene.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail for the family. Got the heart rate up a wee bit too.

hiking
8 months ago

Not a bad trail. Kids went up and down with no problem.

hiking
9 months ago

More of a walk than a hike. Still pretty cool seeing the bridges and cave. There is a tree down across road as soon as you start though.

hiking
10 months ago

More of a walk than a hike but a decent outing if you are visiting Tioga Falls anyway. Lots of bugs. There was a down tree but otherwise it would be great with a stroller, wheelchair, or bike.

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

Bugs were a big problem on this paved concrete path when I went. It was a nice walk but wouldn’t return for another. One time is enough. Creek is pretty. Ran into a huge snake on the concrete. Pretty cool though. Typical water snake. This walk is good for bikes and strollers.. this path is uphill the entire way to the end and downhill on the way back. You run into a gate for Fort Knox at the end. There is also a cave at the end and it was pretty cool but overgrown so you can see it from afar. If you are visiting Tioga then I would def go ahead and walk this as well, but wouldn’t make a special trip.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice little walk if you are already visiting Tioga falls. Fun little stopping points along the creek that the kids enjoyed.

Thu May 02 2019

This is more of a nature walk than a hike but it is a very pretty little piece of history and if you're already at Tioga Falls, why wouldn't you?

hiking
Sun Feb 03 2019

Easy trail with a lot of history. The sound of the creek is almost constant along the entire trail. Would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a short, easy, walk.

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