Elm Lick Trail

MODERATE 39 reviews

Elm Lick Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ridgetop, Kentucky that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
646 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Start from the parking lot on Fire Tower road. There is a quick .2 mile walk on a fire road to get to the trailhead. Head down the trail about .3 miles to where the loop starts. The trail is in good condition however, there are a couple fallen trees from recent storms.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is rated as difficult, but I thought it was easy. It wasn't difficult what so ever.

We saw mushrooms, wild berries, toads, caterpillars.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this trail a few weeks ago. My recommendation would be when you get to the fork in the trail go right which would be counter clockwise. I went left and encountered the part of the trail where you have to hike straight up the hill. It was a workout but a really nice trail. Plan to do it again.

4 months ago

You will definitely get a good workout! Nice areas by the creek to relax. Lots of ticks found on our dogs after though so beware!

4 months ago

I took my 9 year old son and we both agree on 3 star rating. It’s a typical hike in Bernheim Forest. Well maintained trail. Trail passes a pond and a silo from mid 1800s residence. Trail also passes a creek you cross. A nice couple hours alone with your child and no video game. Location is easy to get to.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy to moderate trail. 3-4 hilly areas but not too bad. Old Silo on the trail. Overall a nice trail for a morning hike.

hiking
4 months ago

My favorite trail at Bernheim. The majority of it is pretty easy going but the hills will kick your butt, making this an enjoyable hike as well as a workout. Plenty of spots to sit on a rock or downed tree for a rest or snack as well as frequent access to the creek so bring a filter and you won't have to haul a bunch of water. Technically dogs need to be leashed but this is a good trail to bend that rule---no blind corners so you have plenty of time to see fellow hikers coming and leash your pup. Keep your eyes up and you might see a flying wild turkey!

5 months ago

All types of terrain!

6 months ago

My first trail hike in Kentucky (besides the underground Mamooth Caves visit). I hiked with a friend in March. It was nice, the landscape is beautiful but a bit monotonous. The trail is well maintained and plastic signs are nailed to some trees to keep you on the right path. There is a couple of long hilly ascents that will make you sweat a little bit. If you are interested in tree mushrooms there are plenty, and also lichens. Not particularly good for a picknik as there are virtually no spots where you could confortably sit but I guess the main idea is just to hike. There is a nice stream that was easy to crossed at the moment.

backpacking
7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Really nice short hike. For the most part, I would rate it as easy, but there are two hills (when traveling clockwise) that are not for the faint of heart of asthmatic. If you’re looking for a breathtaking view, this trail might not be for you, but if you’re just looking for an interesting enough hike (especially if you want to take dogs off leash!) this is a great one.

hiking
10 months ago

This is not so much a review as a correction to an inaccuracy. According to the Bernheim website, dogs are permitted in all outdoor areas of the park, except on guided public or moonlight hikes. Only service animals are permitted indoors.

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