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Dix River: Logantown to Herrington Lake Paddle Route

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Lancaster, Kentucky

Dix River: Logantown to Herrington Lake Paddle Route is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lancaster, Kentucky that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for canoeing and is accessible year-round.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 75 ft Route type Point to Point

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Note: This is a kayaking/canoeing route, not a hiking trail. You can park at a private boat ramp near the town of High Bridge. The cost is around $4 for kayaks and canoes. You can also park at one of the locks, but it's harder to get in and out of the water. The trip starts on the Kentucky River. Paddle past the Shakertown paddle boat, under the high bridge and the mouth of the Dix River will be on your right. The flow isn't very strong, so it's not a very hard paddle, but the scenery is nice. There is a small rapid that will require a portage when traveling upstream, but it's pretty easy to ride out when returning downstream. Above the rapid is the dam's spillway, which is a fun place to stop and explore. Paddling on past the spillway, you'll reach the dam for Herrington Lake. The water here comes from the bottom of the lake, and is noticeably cooler in the summer. The dam is the end of the line, you cant go any further.

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Dustin Smyth
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not a trail to hike. purely a water trail. no really safe for dogs. current is swift and you'll be dealing with a lot of fishing boats. location is very sketchy so have a plan for protecting valuables. a bit difficult to get to, so be careful. tight curves, no shoulder, etc. it's very pretty, but if you dropped in in Frankfort KY, youd get the same views and it's a pretty view as well. water levels shoot up very high after rain so look into this before going.

Anthony King
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I love this canoe trip. Incredibly beautiful.

Rod Schnatz
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Hiking

Just to be clear this is on the Kentucky river not a hiking trail its a canoe /kayak trip

Ben Thornton
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Paddle sports

Always a great paddle coming from the high bridge area or down from the lake. Most recent trip was a calm paddle, great for seeing wildlife (including a beaver) and great views of the rocks

Seth Norat
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Great trail, could do without the cow pasture midway through. They were undeniably cute but paddling through their filth was not ideal.

LL Cundiff
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Paddle sports

I love paddling the Dix River.

Shelia Turner
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Paddle sports

Nice relaxing trip!! Seen so many herons but, couldn’t get any pictures of the beautiful birds. It was a hot day so we climbed up to the waterfalls and cooled off a bit before we continued our trip.

Mark Ashley
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The Dix River is a fun little paddle. I usually park at a private boat ramp near the town of High Bridge. The cost is around $4 for kayaks and canoes. You can also park at one of the locks, but I understand it's harder to get in and out of the water. The trip starts on the Kentucky River. Paddle past the Shakertown paddle boat, under the high bridge and the mouth of the Dix River will be on your right. The flow isn't very strong, so it's not a very hard paddle, but the scenery is nice. There is a small rapid that will require a portage when traveling upstream, but it's pretty easy to ride out when returning downstream. Above the rapid is the dam's spillway, which is a fun place to stop and explore. We frequently stop there and have a snack and clim around on the rocks. Paddling on past the spillway, you'll reach the dam for Herrington Lake. The water here comes from the bottom of the lake, and is noticeably cooler in the summer. The dam is the end of the line, you cant go any further.

Timothy Kraus
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Megan H.
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