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Honker Lake Trail is a 5.4 mile 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.4 mi Elevation gain 328 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Lake Partially paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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DZ Williams
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HikingGreat!

Absolutely beautiful scenery- wetlands, old growth forest, and short walk across the dam. I think this trail is more ‘moderate’ than ‘easy’ though- with a couple of steep inclines and quite a bit of areas that hold water requiring you to jump over or find another way around. Highly recommended!

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Kelly Lindsey
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HikingGreat!

Trail head is near Nature Center (pass the Long Creek Trail on right). Counter clockwise for increasing beauty! Lack of signs at crucial junctions . . . when you see the lake in front of you take the gravel road to your left and look for the narrow rock dam path “over” the water. The paid admission small Nature (animals & birds) Center nearby has knowledgeable rangers.

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Katrina Fjeld
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HikingGreat!Over grown

It was a very pretty trail! Had a perfect mixture of woods and lake. The trail became a bit hard to follow but it didn’t take long for us to figure out where we were headed!

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Ryan Cunningham
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Hiking

There was a herd of 30-40 fallow deer on the trail that was amazing to see. Very easy trail. The dam probably hasn't been cleared in over a year. So, long pants are a must. There are also lots of areas of stagnant water. So, be sure and bring big spray. You will need it!

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Cinda Vickery
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Hiking

Part of the trail disappeared at the end, but it was fun

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Leslie Reeder III
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Hiking

Easy as far as terrain, however it was 95 degrees when we walked it so humidity played a huge part. Mostly it was in the shade with a few bridge crossings. Walk across the dam to find a narrow concrete path next to bird nesting area wax unique. Path was wide enough that kids can walk without to much worry of poisonous plants. over all a beautiful hike. would do it again.

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Alan Schirtzinger
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Hiking

Very nice! Saw a pair of eagles!

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Emily Alsup
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Running

Trail could use some maintaining. Do like the hills and inclines of the trail. Provides great views of the lake. Bring bug spray if you’re tackling in the summer months. Mosquitos are awful!

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Jacob-Amanda Miller
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Hiking

Nice flat terrain, easy hike with lots of beautiful scenery. Great trail for anyone. Be sure to wear big spray, some parts of the trail are pretty narrow, lots of mosquitos only found one tick

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Eugene Friedman
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Hiking

It is more of the walk than a hike. very nice and easy trail even after today's rain! I've got the trail to myself as no one but wild life shared it with me! I've got to lakes around 8 pm and have fantastic views of the sky at sunset behind the clouds. I have started the trail clockwise and therefore was done with the only hill at the beginning. Second half of the distance I was walking in darkness with a flashlight. quality of the trail allowed that to be very pleasant!

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Frank Boone
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Hiking

Nice trail. We started and ended at the Nature Center leaving around 9:00 am. You get different views and areas, from deep woods to swampland to the Honker Lake. There are a few hills to climb but nothing that is too difficult. We used bug repellent and never had an issue with mosquitoes or ticks.

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Macie Kidd
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HikingBugs

Great hike. We brought our dog with us and walking around a lake I expected there to be more spots for her to get a drink. It was a little dry that day so make sure to bring water for you and your dog! The trail passes by the nature center which is a nice place to fill up on water a cool down.

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Jane Wilker
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Hiking

It is definitely more of a “walk thru the woods” than an actual hike. The bugs are the worst I have ever experienced. Literally a swarm of mosquitos just follow you around because of all the water. It has nice views!

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Marian Hubbard
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HikingBugs

This was a nice, easy trail. There was a variety of sights. Because of its location near water, the bugs were horrible in spots. Do NOT hike this trail in mosquito season unless you have bug spray. Close to the halfway mark near the dam, the trail isn't marked very well, so you need to walk around a little to pick it back up.

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Ami Amore
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Did this one last week. Had a great time! Easy to follow, mosquitos are bad so use protection kids! Saw some cool gar bones too

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Mangal Hicks
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Vanessa Jean
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HikingBugs

Great trail for beginners that still want to get some miles in. The trail is dry right now, but lots of mosquitoes!

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Heather Keppen
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Hiking

This trail is one of my favorite trails now.... lots of bogs, bridges, lily pads.... we saw a deer, a tiny snake and at the end of our hike, (we finished around 7:35 in the evening) a large owl. It was fantastic, highly recommended!!!

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Taylor Blanford
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HikingBugsWashed out

Great, easy, dog friendly trail perfect for a day hike in Land Between the Lakes! The trail goes through a mature bottom land forest around the shore of Honker Lake crossing lots of streams that feed into the lake. The majority of the hike is in the shade which means that it can be started at nearly any time of day on all but the very hottest day of summer without it becoming unbearably hot. Bugs abound in the warm months since the bottom lands are very marshy so repellent is a must to avoid getting eaten up by mosquitos and ticks. Having hiked this trail spring, fall, and now summer be sure to pay attention to any recent rain as the trail can flood and will be closed if flooded or damaged by flooding. Also be aware that if you park at the Nature Center you will need to be back to your car before 5pm when the gates to that parking lot are closed. There are several smaller lots nearby that you will not get shut into if you are not anticipating being done hiking by 5pm.

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Carrie Kirby
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HikingBridge outMuddyWashed out

Once you get over the dam to the second bridge it is washed out due to recent rain but still doable and it gets your adrenaline going at the beginning of the hike. Other than that this was a very beautiful easy hike that I highly recommend

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Sara Mehfooz
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RunningFlooded

Visited 5/30, beautiful trail, fairly easy with some elevation, however the loop is closed due to flooding. You can still cross but it’s about knee high water so beware. Other than that, really nice hike.

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Dulcinea Gurley
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Hiking

Awesome trail!! I traveled from Louisville to come down to this beautiful park and it was worth the trip! The stretch of land you walk across between the lakes is really unique and fun! I would definitely recommend.

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Jonathan Tolley
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Hiking

Nice trail. Best to go clockwise and get the steepest incline out of the way at the beginning. Some spot are lower and be prepared to get wet if the water levers is up. The trail is blazed nicely and easy to follow.

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Gunner elliott
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HikingMuddy

Overall, A really nice and easy trail to hike even though we encounter 2 copperheads, one of which was right in the middle of the trail. Although it was a little unsettling, we weren't surprised since this environment is literally made for snakes. We just kept our distance, enjoyed watching them, and waited for them to move on. The trail is relatively clear so spotting a snake is not difficult so don't let that scare you. Overall, this was a fun and easy trail but it will be even easier when it dries up a little. Recommend this for sure!

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Jon Cooper
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Hiking

Water is low enough to stay dry the full loop just a little muddy but not bad at all. Nice hike, easy for the whole family.

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Andrew Walle
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Nice enjoyable loop. When I did it, there wasn't many people around. Easy trail to follow. Some parts of the trail were under water a bit, be prepared to get a little wet. All and all, would do again.

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