Camp Nelson National Monument Trails

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Camp Nelson National Monument

Camp Nelson National Monument Trails is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nicholasville, Kentucky that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.5 miElevation gain541 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingWalkingrunningForestViewsBugsNo shadeHistoric site
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This is a composite of the several individual trails located at the newly designated Camp Nelson National Monument. The trails are open from dawn to dusk. There is a nice visitor center with a museum and a 15 minute movie. For more information on the park and its hours/special events, visit the park's website at https://www.nps.gov/cane/index.htm. There is a trail map that can be picked up at the visitor center during operating hours. It will help you keep on track while walking. Remember to return it when you are finished. There are about 4 miles of trails within the monument. All but the green trail are mown grass trails. If the grass is wet, expect your feet to get wet while hiking. The green trail is within the woods and shaded, but the others are in full sun.

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Phillip McKee
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Amazing day! So beautiful here.

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Phillip McKee
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Hiking

Awesome trail for a family or hiker. Great easy areas to walk. There is also a good up and down in the palisades. Fun time I will be bringing my son back.

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Matt Dillon
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Andy Stevenson
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Bird watchingGreat!

Nice variety of open fields and wooded hills. Nice landscapes visible all around. Didnt see many other people, but lots of birds.

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Graham Schick
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Hiking

Not really trails but a wide open field

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Debbie Daniel
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Thomas Osterhoudt
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Elizabeth Kantra
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Hiking

Honestly the site seems poorly maintained. I wouldn’t consider it a hike. Most things were closed because of covid. We did not follow the trail to the major cemetery but walked to all the major landmarks. Very cool overall but needs some TLC.

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Amanda Funnell
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Hiking

Mowed paths and bright flags mark your path. Grab a map at the visitor center to choose your way. (Dogs are welcomed at this site. Just clean up after them.)

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James Lichnovsky
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Hiking

It’s okay there’s a lot of history and placards with it on there but overall as a hike it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great. Also I don’t know if anyone else has had this issue out here but I’ve never been on a hike where I’ve walked through so many spider webs lol

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Alicia Nickerson
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Ryan Junior
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Hiking

Not bad but not great. Most of it is a grass trail in the prairies, about 1.5 miles is in the woods. Lots of historical markers placed along the trail that gives interesting info about this place. Not sure why the clown who mapped this trail just stopped towards the end of the woods and just turned around instead of going the extra 1/4 mile to the Camp Nelson National Cemetery, which is a remarkable place...resembles a miniature Arlingtion National Cemetery.

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Carlton Clay
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Hiking

Somehow I ended up against the rock wall of the cemetery. Enjoyed the trip still.

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Chris Keener
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Priscilla White
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Hiking

Mostly field. Much uphill. Good history lesson. No shade though....

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Teka England
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Hiking

Up near the interpretive sites, trail is great. It gets a little iffy marking wise once you get down into the trees and off the grass.

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Steve Stone
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Civil war supply/quartermaster center for Union Army. Some fortification re-creations. Lots of interpretive signs. Some shade but mostly full sun. Just north of active federal cemetery. All buildings closed during this visit July 2020.

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Xia Fehr
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Hiking

We went through the woods and went up and down hills. Otherwise the trail through grass is very flat and easy. Those information boards are educational. Don’t forget your hat on a hot sunny day.

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Greg Allen
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Walking

I enjoyed the history of Camp Nelson and walking around the site.

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ava lawrey
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HikingBugsNo shade

This trail was okay but I don’t think I’ll come back because there were so many flies & other bugs that kept landing on me due to all the long grass on each side of me (usually bugs don’t bother me much but it seemed like a nuisance on this trail), & i also didn’t like how there was no shade & nothing to look at. You saw the whole field the entire time & it didn’t take you into any cool scenery. So if you’re just looking for a casual walk, this would probably be fine for you, just wasn’t what I was looking for!

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Josh McCoy
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Hiking

Had a wonderful time with the kids out on trail. Good stops to examine the old forts of the area. Trails were not clearly marked but easy to figure out.

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Lonni Harberson
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HikingOver grown

Not very clearly marked and soMe parts overgrown

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annabel mckee
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HikingNo shadeOff trailOver grownRocky
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Kat Campbell
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Hiking

Beginning and end are maintained, even trails past marked historical locations. The forest is why it gets the moderate rating. Some hills, but nothing terrible. Got a bit turned around once and followed an unpaved road briefly. No real impressive vistas, but a few neat remnants of old forts. Some flying bugs.

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Becca Porterfield
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Hiking

Loved it, so informative. Great place to let the dogs off leash!

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Tim Nease
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Hiking

Had a good time with Kami and the dogs. not to many people ever out here. it is a easy trial. Not a whole of woods at the beginning. on a hot sunny day have a hat and/sunglasses. Great place for the fun with the dogs.

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