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Fort Duffield Loop Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near West Point, Kentucky that offers the chance to see wildlife 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 2.4 mi Elevation gain 534 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wildlife

Rocky

Historic site

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Trails are marked with red, blue, and yellow bikes on the trees to let you know how difficult the trails are red easiest blue harder yellow is difficult and for full suspension bikes some of the blue trails has some big jumps lots of rocks and roots use caution when you ride for the first time and a helmet is a must park rules at the top of the trails is the fort and a nice overlook of the Ohio river.

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Reviews (87)
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Recordings (60)
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Jim Lake
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Running

It’s actually a very fun and well-maintained trail. Cool scenery to look at! I agree with the other users on here though that staying on the red trail which is 4 miles is difficult, especially around mile three.

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erin teeter
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Really enjoyed this one...not overly trafficked and paths had recently been trimmed. At times following correct trail got confusing. We took the red path which actually is approx 4 miles going by map at entrance, not the 2.4 listed here. Elevation at the start was a kicker. Enjoyed learning about the fort and the pretty overlooks at the top.

Tel McGaha
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HikingBlowdownBugs
Amy Thomas
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Hiking

Awesome, uphill hike. Paved and unpaved options. Beautiful views and great open areas to picnic. My 6 year old had no problems with the incline.

Danielle Manuel
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Hiking

This was a good hike. The only problem was we couldn't find the start to the Red trail we wanted to take but we made due. There is a tree on the red trail that looks like it has been cut awhile ago but when it fell it landed on a neighboring trees limb and they just left it... so, if its high winds I'd probably be on the look out for it. I posted a picture of what it looks like. Also you have to be mindful that you share the trail with bikers some come down pretty fast. At the top of the hill you can see Ohio Valley Race Way and we stayed for a little while and watched a car do its test run. Pretty cool.

Susan Eckloff
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HikingBugs

Our family, including the dog enjoyed this trail! We followed the red bicycle markings. The wildflowers are beautiful! We enjoyed the history! Beware of ticks, my husband found one when we got home.

Kathy Jackson
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Nice hike. I love the incline. Everything is very green right now lots of wildflowers and a nice creek with little waterfalls. The fort and cemetery look a bit neglected but were interesting. Great views of the river from the walking bridge going to the fort wall. Very enjoyable hike. My dogs liked it too.

Carrie Kirby
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Hiking

I’ve been here twice and will continue to visit. The short hike up can be a bit challenging, but if you can push through, you will not regret it. This peaceful trail offers history, & a beautiful view of the Ohio River. Each time I went I left feeling Patriotic and humbled.

jesse gibbs
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Hiking

quiet trail crisscrosses bike trails, earthen Civil War fort at the top of the hill

Matt Bailey
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Hiking

Not very well maintained but the park is beautiful. Me and my 4 year old went up the road then took the red bike trail to the fort. Fort was very cool. Wasps in the cabins. bring stick to knock down spider webs on trails. awesome views. On the way out we took three hike only trail down... it would've killed us walking up that way. I suggest taking the road up for an easier hike.

Robert Baggott
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Hiking

challenging! soooooo much uphill! awesome views though. worth every but of it! oh, check for ticks!

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Derek Metten
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Hiking

Great!

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S W
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Hiking

It was very interesting to see the cemetery and the fort. Lots of history! We hiked the loop but kept crossing paths (not knowing which way to go). We would be on the red, then blue then orange. We ended up doing close to 5 miles. The trails for hiking could definitely be better marked and they really need to be cleared of falling branches. We saw a really cool waterfall and teepee along the way. Not a hard hike, but you will feel the burn on a couple of hills! Some really nice views of the river along the way!

Michelle Bucayu
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Love this hike! Awesome views.

Chris Owen
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It was a good hike

William Bowles
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If you go to the back of the parking lot you will see a trail head and it will say “To the fort.” . For the loop, though,follow the red bicycles painted on the trees. This path is a much more gradual incline and you eventually end up at the fort. If you go early to beat the heat in summer, carry a stick to knock down the spider webs.

Jerry Griffis
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This trail was more than I expected although the fort itself leaves a little to be desired. Lots of history in this area. Many are talking about the steep hill but if you go the other way, the incline is much more gradual. Lookout of West Point is available as well as a natural spring. Saw lots of box turtles in the creekbed. Also tons of spiders, so if you don't like webs in your face, keep your eyes open lol

Wayne Walk Jr.
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Hiking

Loved this type of History. It is amazing how they built these earthwork forts back in that era. Even though it was a very hot & muggy day, we enjoyed the area and history. Trail is in good shape. If you combine this with the Bridges To The Past & Tioga Falls trails down the road not more than five minutes, you will have an easy six miles of hiking.

melissa boyken
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Hiking

The Hill was insane but wasnt bad for a person like me that is half way in shape. The fort is not much to look at if you dont know what you are looking at. The view from the fort is amazing and totally worth walking up that hill.

Timmy Hall
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Nice trail. Marked adequate. Overgrown in a few places but for the most part very well maintained

Whitney Barter
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Hiking

Crazy hard hills, but gorgeous area and a well preserved historical site. Biggest downside was that the trails were not well marked and I am unable to find a map of the site that detailed how all the trails tied together or where any of the other trails were.

Matthew Mitchell
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Walking

A fun and educational hike to the Church and Col. Duffield’s cabin that visitors can enter. Outstanding!

James Darwin
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Hiking

Outstanding trail to hike in the winter with nice views of the Ohio river.

Shawn Dunn
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Hiking

Nice views, scenic walk/hike through a lesson in history. I’ve left 2 little green army men there at two of the buildings. Check out armyofgreenmen.com

Tyler King
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Hiking

Great trail. Marked well and has some good views from the red route.

Christy Jamison
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The up hills is brutal but worth the view. The first time I walked up the hill I had to rest. Now I can run up it, it is a workout. Love the feeling of walking through history.

Jimmy Newton
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Loved it nice trails easy too follow lots of history and not very many people. Good workout. Will go back

Bobby Conzelman
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Hiking

For a somewhat local trail to me it has a great view of the river and valley below at parts of the trail. Seeing the old Civil War grounds is a nice added bonus.

Alana Toews
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Hiking

Great for hiking. We went didn't really follow any directions so we went every which way but it was beautiful.

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