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Camp Nelson National Monument Trails

MODERATE 10 reviews

Camp Nelson National Monument Trails is a 4.4 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 and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 485 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly





no shade

historic site

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 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. Note: the green trail was a little bit difficult to follow and there wasn't as much to see on it. There's a good amount of signage along the trails, and it's nice to read and get a little idea of what was going on here during the Civil War.

I tried to record stops with my photos. The outlier trail is not well marked except for padded down leaves. We did a few turn arounds.

20 days ago

Great park, but very different in regards to types of trails. The majority of the trails are mowed paths around the remnants of the camp with signs explaining the use of the camp. However, the trail at the back edge of the camp, Fort Jones/Overlook Trail is an awesome hike!

29 days ago

Nice place! Great trail through woods to cemetery and back with lots of history.

1 month ago

Only saw one other person this morning. It’s a good stroll with good distances between information locations. Definitely worth going. Only downside was the visitor center was closed during my visit.

no shade
2 months ago

3 months ago

Nice, easy to follow trails and a nice visitor center. I would skip the green trail next time.