Hematite Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kuttawa, Kentucky that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
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.
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
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.
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!
great trail a little rough here and there but all around a good starter trail for people and dogs
The trail is basically ok but the boardwalk is in bad need of repair! A lot of it is under water and has shifted.
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.
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.
I normally love this trail, but it needs some upkeep. The boardwalk was badly warped and very slick especially with all the leaves.
A nice easy hike around the lake
Be prepared to get wet if it had rained heavily with a week- one end of the loop was completely underwater!
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.