Greenbo Lake Trail is a 8.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Greenup, 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.
dogs on leash
Greenbo Lake Trail (AKA Michael Tygart) is a 7.5 mile loop trail located near Greenup, Kentucky at Greenbo Lake State Park. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. This trail is considered a loop, but begins at the lodge and ends at the marina (nearly a mile away).
Trail head is easy to find near marina. Nice views of the lake for the first couple of miles. This is a very peaceful trail. Most of the trail is an easy walk. You'll follow along a creek after you're past the lake. The sound of the water was relaxing. There was a little mud due to the recent rains. There is a moderately steep hill around the 3.5 mile point. There are a couple of benches to rest on as you go up. The entire trail is well marked. There is a section of gravel road that's approximately 1/2mile but there are blazes along the side and the next trailhead is very clearly marked. When I got to the cemetery I went straight to the marina which makes the whole trail 7.4 miles according to my gps. I didn't walk the section that goes toward the lodge because the lodge is closed for repair and the road is closed as well. Very enjoyable trail.
Start at the trailhead across from the cemetery and follow the yellow trees! I would definitely recommend this one. Trails are nice, nothing too crazy steep. Nicely shaded. If you follow the loop and come out to break at the lodge lot, go down the stairs and you'll find the most beautiful view that leads right back to the trail loop. (Right along the water) We did about 4 miles in 2 hours. Watch for spiderwebs!
Pretty easy if you can get past the distance. Saw lots of snakes though.
Did this a couple months back and I must say this trail isn't one that I'll return to, it had little to see and a large portion is bridal trail for someone who likes an "exercise" trail this is great for wearing you out but there isn't much payoff for sightseeing, not really anything but trees unfortunately.
This trail is kept up nicely but somewhat confusing to follow. Some decent lake side views but not much else to see. Did see one snake in a creek. Campground & entertainment for the weekend was better than the hike.
My husband and I camped out here the past 3 weekends. The lake and camp ground are wonderfull. Its small and not super busy, we always camp in the primitive section. Access to the trails are very easy to get to. There are several different points you can start depending on how far you want to go. We did the shortest section the first weekend, the longer of the two on the second weekend, and the entire loop last weekend. We both agree we aren't in the best of shape, but the roots and hills on this trail (Michael Tygart Loop) are pretty rough for mountain biking. We had to walk our bikes a good part of the way. There are some interesting things around mile 2 thru 3 (begining at the maraina), where you can walk a short distance off the trail and see some abandoned homes built in the late 1800's. We got to go inside one and look around. There are horse trails, a boyscout tropp camp, and really nice views.
This trail is actually goes by the name of Michael Tygart on the state park map. It's closer to 8 miles, and it's misleadingly referred to as a loop, even though it starts at the lodge and ends at marina (which are about a mile apart, making it almost 9 miles that way). This trail makes for a great run, however, be prepared for a tough uphill around the cemetery after you cross the road about 1.25 miles into the hike. When you reach the next road about 3 miles later, you will go up the road about .25 miles until the trail reappears around the Claylick Loop trailhead. I didn't know about this the first time on the trail, and I became fed up searching for the other half of the trail, so me and my friend just turned around and ran back the way we came. But the next time we returned, we found where the trail restarted, and the last half was well worth the trouble of searching for it. After you descend downhill, the next two miles are nearly flat. Around the time you get back to the lake, you have about 1.5 miles left of rolling hills and spectacular views of the lake. Unfortunately, when the trail ends, you are still a mile or so away from where you began, so if you don't have anyone to pick you up from the marina, you will have to walk the road back to the lodge. (Bummer.)
I truly enjoyed this trail, it seemed well kept, moderate in its demands and accurate according to the map... Wonderful time! I will do this trail again soon.. Happy Hiking!!!
Good trail, moderate hills, well marked
Great trail. Enjoyed some old homesteads that have been abandoned. The trail is well maintained and marked well. Lake views are nice as well.
It was a lot of fun! A really beautiful trail!
The GPS adress for the lodge is: West KY Hwy 1711, HC 60, Box 562, Greenup, KY 41144
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All around great trail, clearly marked with a few shelters in case of bad weather like today.
Nice trail clearly marked and seems that most could walk this trail with little problems. The views are good and trail is well maintained.
worked here for 5 summers and hiked and biked this trail quite a bit. extremely peaceful and always under the shade in mid summer. most fun in the fall!