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Caney Creek Loop Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Salt Lick, Kentucky that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.9 mi Elevation gain 711 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Horseback riding Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy
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Loop trail the follows Cave Run Lake before turning inward and connecting into the Sheltowee Trace trail. Following the Sheltowee Trace will return you back to your starting point at Stoney Cove. Caney Run starts at the Stoney Cove Recreation Area. This path curves and winds along the shores of Cave Run Lake, offering extensive lake views before it turns up the Caney Creek embayment, where more views await. From here, it rejoins the Sheltowee Trace and winds over low hills that stand between quiet creeks and returns to Stoney Cove.

Parking and restroom facilities are found at Stoney Cove.

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mark griffith
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BackpackingMuddy

Really muddy and trail conditions can be rough with horses sharing the trail. Not the most scenic of trails. It’s a good day hike trail. Much better backpacking trails around. There were wasn’t any easy access to the lake for swimming or fishing.

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Chris Sweezy
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HikingBlowdownOver grownRocky

We hiked the loop 6/18 - 6/19. Be careful driving the mountain gravel roads, very narrow and primitive. We parked at Buckeye trail head, walked a mile down hill to Caney Creek trail head and began hike. The Caney Creek hike was not bad, lots of water and creek crossing. We had to dodge many downed trees along the trail. Evidently, a severe storm passed thru some time ago, we had no problem staying on trail. Pretty scenery, rocks, and beautiful creeks. A large, very nice camp area is where we spent that night. Just before where two trails connect. The water in creek is very cold, but felt good to wash off the dirt! Hearing the running water over the rocks was relaxing. Next day we broke camp and turned onto Buckeye trail (can't miss the trail junction, very well marked), about .1 mile down Buckeye trail you will see another worn trail that takes you to the water fall. Beautiful place to camp, with fire ring and chairs made from the rocks. Very nice! Fill up on water, there is none on Buckeye trail. Buckeye trail is 4.7 miles long, the first 3 miles are steady incline and a beast!!! It was very hard, challenging, and difficult. Once on top of mountain the trail is overgrown, lots of poison ivy. Wearing shorts, I was worried about snakes. Not being able to see my feet placement was troubling and walked away with shins scratched and bleeding, but it's too hot for pants. There are some great views along the top of the mountain, spectacular views. Once past the summit, trail is steady down hill.

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Daniel Pollock
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HikingMuddyOff trail

I enjoyed this trail very much. Between my wife’s and my GPS, the trail was an average of 9.8 miles. Maybe they have the numbers backwards on this app listing 8.9 miles? There were a lot of times you had to walk off trail to avoid the mud and standing water. Most of those areas you can see a small side trail that people have taken to avoid these areas. The elevation changes were not bad. Keep in mind that this is a horseback trail and you will not be as disappointed with the trail condition.

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Cassie Burkhart
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HikingMuddy

This is a nice long trail running right next to Cave Run Lake but.... the fact that it is a shared trail with horses makes it really difficult at times because you are constantly trying to avoid sinking into mud, it really takes away from it. If it wasn't a shared trail it would be 5 stars no questions asked

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Veekas Ashoka
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Chelsea West
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MuddyRockyWashed out

Holy smokes, is this trail muddy. Make sure you're wearing waterproof boots or shoes with a lot of traction! secluded lake views make it very worth your while though:)

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Chase Wininger
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HikingMuddyScramble

If you do this trail without already hating horses, that will likely change. Good views, mixed terrain, not too difficult, horses suck. Some horse people leave trash and suck too.

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Josh Nadzam
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HikingMuddy

Pretty nice trail, multiple options. The big draw is the lake. You can sit on the dock and just relax, very peaceful lake. There’s also other hiking options nearby, a nice place to spend a day.

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Maria Taylor
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Gayle Hereford
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Nate Stober
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Teresa Boerma
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Chris Thomas
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HikingIcyMuddyNo shade

Great trail, have done it when the horses are out, much better when the horses are banned for the season in my opinion. Several camp sites along the way, a lot of muddy spots, one tree down. Wear good shoes and you’ll have a great time, good views year round.

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Stephen Bradley
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Backpacking

Note: This trail is 10.0 miles long, not the 8+ as given above. Also, they are in the process of re-blazing this trail. Formerly the back side (the part of the trail further away from the lake) was the Sheltowee Trace. Now, the part of the trail that runs along the lake is the Sheltowee Trace and has recently been re-blazed to reflect that. It is now very well marked. I camped at about the 5 1/2 mile point traveling anti-clockwise. The trail itself was kind of soggy and was slow going as I was in my summer hiking shoes, so had to carefully pick my path to avoid getting wet feet. It is a mixed use trail but horses aren't allowed in the winter, so it isn't quite quicksand.

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Nick Oliver
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Hiking

Just hiked 2.5 in and a quick 2.5 out. Lovely trail. Muddy a day after rain mixed with horse tracks but overall a fun time!

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Emily Workman
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HikingMuddy

Super muddy, but no issue with proper shoes. There is an unmarked fork in the trail after you make the turn to stay on the loop or continue to the horse camp, just stay with the sheltowee signs there.

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Katherine Creech
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Hiking

Great trail run! Definitely one you'd want to do after a drought though.

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Maria Taylor
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Jessi Taylor
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