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Greenbo Lake Trail

MODERATE 35 reviews

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.

8.9 miles
1,020 feet

dogs on leash



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


bird watching




wild flowers

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).

2 months ago

I always enjoy this trail. Well maintained. I have been hiking here for 40 plus years.

mountain biking
5 months ago

My friend and I take our kids here alot for the fact it's close to home. We've done variations of the trail and it's always been fun. Very good for my 8yo and his 16yo, so it's a good learning trail but also has some fun spots for us.

8 months ago

Great trail other than the road walk from the Marina back to the lodge after already walking 8 miles. One of the better marked trails of been on in Kentucky.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The trail begins well as you walk along the lake and small creek. After 3 miles or so you climb a hill to be directed out onto a rural road. After walking by a few rural homes on the road you then walk another few miles through ordinary woods. Overall the hike was so so.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Marked well. Could be in better shape. Nice trail for a state park.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I assume this is the Mike Tygart Trail. There are several trails at the lake. Claylick Loop, Carpenters Run and Mike Tygart are the longer trails (+5 mi. - 10 mi.) plus shorter ones. All the trails are fairly well maintained although not always as well marked as they could be, esp where trails cross.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Start out at the boat dock where you park your car. Ride down the sidewalk to the floating pier where the trailhead is located. Pace yourself for the first 3 miles as there is some up hill climbing to go through. After that the trail becomes more fun with some moderate fast downhill on narrow single track where you need to watch for soccer ball sized rocks and close trees. Theres a nice shelter that has been around since I was a child to take a lunch break in or even pack your hammock for a relaxing nap with some shade. Continue the trail through winding hills and finish out at the cemetery or walk the rest of the trail to the lodge as theres no riding alloud on that portion. You can park the bikes in front and go inside the Lodge and read up on Jesse Stuart, nearby covered bridges, and more lucal interesting history of this Bluegrass area that small town folk are pleased to live in.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

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.

Monday, August 29, 2016

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!

Friday, June 03, 2016

Pretty easy if you can get past the distance. Saw lots of snakes though.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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.

Monday, July 14, 2014

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.

mountain biking
Thursday, October 17, 2013

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.

trail running
Thursday, June 20, 2013

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.)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

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!!!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Good trail, moderate hills, well marked

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Great trail. Enjoyed some old homesteads that have been abandoned. The trail is well maintained and marked well. Lake views are nice as well.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

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 I hope it helps!

Monday, June 18, 2012

All around great trail, clearly marked with a few shelters in case of bad weather like today.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Nice trail clearly marked and seems that most could walk this trail with little problems. The views are good and trail is well maintained.

Monday, December 19, 2011

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!

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