Hematite Trail

EASY 44 reviews

Hematite Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kuttawa, Kentucky that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.6 miles
101 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly




nature trips





wild flowers



washed out

12 days ago

Great trail! Beautiful scenery spring through fall. Lots of wildlife : Wood ducks, mallards, and even a beaver dam. Gorgeous views of the lake. Be on the lookout for snakes though. There is a gorgeous spillway waterfall at the beginning where you can walk across the water on stones. I have taken my 6 yr old several times. First time he was about 4. It's suitable for all ages.

4 months ago

It's a pleasant trail but badly in need of maintenance - although the "closed" boardwalk section was easily passable. I would agree with other reviewers that this is an easy trail, not moderate.

7 months ago

It is a beautiful trail, but I wish they would fix the part of it that is damaged so that the whole trail can be done in a loop.

8 months ago

Nice short trail around the lake. Have to maneuver across palets in certain areas of wash out.

9 months ago

This was a great trail with the family!

11 months ago

Just did this one yesteray. Honesty I don't consider the trail moderate. However, probably about half of the trail is made of wooden platforms over the water. Some of these platforms have seriously warped or fallen completely apart which requires careful maneuvering. At least right now, I wouldn't bring a dog here, especially a small one. Overall, it was fun, but a busier trail.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Some overviews call this a moderate trail. It's actually quite easy. The lake itself is unspectacular although there was one section full of Lilly pads which was picturesque. The surrounding hills filled the hike with nice fall colors. The gangways need a bit of loving. You'll see what I mean if you hike it

Sunday, September 04, 2016

You should know that as of September 2016, the "boardwalk" sections of this trail are closed. Also, any parts of the trail that become damaged are no longer fixed - the trail is just rerouted up a steep hill in several places. As such, a trail that used to be a flat walk is now a little harder for small children with a lot of tree roots and large rocks.
Also, the wood railing on the overlook literally fell apart when my 6 year old leaned against it for a picture. Its still a decent hike, if you plan to hike it-get there soon, before the complete lack of maintenance causes closure of the entire trail due to safety concerns.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

good trail for an fairly easy hike. we went a week after very heavy rain and the trails had some washout areas that added to the fun!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

great trail a little rough here and there but all around a good starter trail for people and dogs

Saturday, June 04, 2016

The trail is basically ok but the boardwalk is in bad need of repair! A lot of it is under water and has shifted.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Really nice and fun trail around a small lake. Great for kids, nothing dangerous and there was a lot of cool things to see like a big beaver dam. We could hear the beaver (s) inside and they growled at us! The photos that someone has uploaded of a waterfall and cave are wrong. They are not here, I believe they must have put them on this trail by mistake.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Beautiful trail! Easy to get through and the picnic area is just a great place to eat and relax. We did come across some snakes during our short hike though.

Monday, November 09, 2015

I normally love this trail, but it needs some upkeep. The boardwalk was badly warped and very slick especially with all the leaves.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

A nice easy hike around the lake

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Be prepared to get wet if it had rained heavily with a week- one end of the loop was completely underwater!

Monday, March 30, 2015

This was considered our 'beginner trail'. We walked it with our 3 year old and 7 month old - it was a good experience. The halfway point went through a section of looked like growing bamboo - pretty cool.

Friday, July 18, 2014

an easy stroll...at dusk the trail head area is full of deer! Sometimes as many as 15-20 deer can be seen here or over by the nearby Nature Station area.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Beautiful lake and views but beware the Mosquitos in the summer! Also saw a copperhead snake on the trail :/ I would recommend this trail when it gets a little cooler but love this hike!

Monday, July 09, 2012

Very nice trail! Great for a family. Just two miles long. Very easy.

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