Horine Reservation Red Trail

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Horine Reservation Red Trail is a 5.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Fairdale, Kentucky that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.8 miles
531 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

This is a very well maintained loop located in the Horine Reservation of Jefferson Memorial Forest. Just like all of the other trails within the forest, it has very clear trail markers with the trail itself being very well kept. The Red Trail is the longest loop with an optional shortcut 3.1 miles

6 days ago

Nice trail and well marked.

1 month ago

Lots of ice storm damage by the recent storm but overall very good. Would do again

4 months ago

Well marked and nice balance of different types of terrain.

trail running
5 months ago

Ran this trail today for the first time and even though it had rained the day before, the trail was very manageable with not a lot of muddy spots. Beautiful trail under a nice canopy of trees. I can highly recommend it.

6 months ago

7 months ago

Loved this trail! Clean wide path with easy to see blazes. 2 spots of steep elevation that made me sweat:) the park is nice with plenty of restrooms, water and trash cans. Shady spot with picnic tables at trail head for lunch afterwards.

7 months ago

Well marked with a good balance of level and elevated terrain.

8 months ago

Moderate trail with a couple hills worth a couple hours of hiking.

9 months ago

Great trail, moderate skill level,bring plenty of water the inclines on a hot day will leave you parched.

9 months ago

Nice, quality hike. Not very challenging, elevation gains aren’t too severe.

9 months ago

Really enjoyable hike. It was a bit muddy in spots from all of the rain but still safe

9 months ago

Awesome hike! Very muddy after a big rain. Took the shortcut which had one big climb.

10 months ago

A great loop, pretty easy except for one valley that’s a little steep.

11 months ago

great loop trail, two decent size hills, love walking it with my dog. Keep your eyes open for trail markers and its great seeing the valley floor.

11 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail. Nice views. Well kept. Clean and very quiet.

Relatively flat except for the two huge climbs. They’ll let you know how out of shape you are. Beautiful views though.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Great workout with several incline/declines. We hiked in the snow...glad we brought our poles!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Beautiful winter hike close to Louisville.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Excellent trail! Well-maintained with lots of opportunity to challenge yourself physically (...were a few moderately steep hills!). My girlfriend and I were to do the Guided Winter Hike scheduled for today...missed the “meet-up” spot....Red Trail is what we did by ourselves. Admittedly there were a couple of spots where it would’ve been nice to have markers indicating that it’s the Red Trail, but there were dots spray-painted on trees! All-in-all, a FANTASTIC trail!!! What a lovely treasure right in the heart of South Louisville!!! ❤️

Saturday, December 09, 2017

I’d say this trail is good for beginners. Me and a few buddies recently got into hiking and this is the first one we did. The two hills will test you a bit but otherwise it’s pretty easy going and great for someone who is just getting started!

Monday, December 04, 2017

Good trail, we did get a little confused in 2 spots on what way they sign was pointing 2. But other than that it was a good hike.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Well-marked wooded trail through gentle hills with a creek crossing. We took the shortcut due to time constraints. A very worthwhile and enjoyable couple-hour hike.

Friday, November 03, 2017

This trail (red trail) was my first experience hiking a few years ago. A friend and I had the idea of a short after dinner hike. We started out completely unprepared to walk anywhere. 6 pm start with no flashlights, water, food, cell phone, nothing. That 4 hour hike to finally find our car in the dark was a very unpleasant experience. That sparked my interest in being properly prepared for my next trip. I have now learned that lesson and now only hike when within my abilities and preparedness. Since then I have hiked this trail twice with great times to report.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Nice trail. Well marked.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The trail is half fire road and winds past campgrounds. There’s a couple of tame creek crossings along with short but mean climbs.

A very nice 2 hour stroll in the woods.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Great little trail for a hike. Trail was in good shape and as others have pointed out, there are several up-hills that will get your heart beating faster. Went on a Saturday and saw maybe 6 people total hiking. Have a gripe - love dogs, I have a 4-legged hiking buddy myself. But people, keep your dogs on a lead. Came up on 2 couples at different time whose dogs were not under control. Rules are in place for a reason folks. For all of us. Follow them or as the posting at the park states - they will just ban dogs altogether on the trails. Sad for those of us who hike responsibly. Other than that, great hike beneath the canopy of the forest.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Started at welcome center, followed Yost trail to Mitchell Hill trail to Red Loop and back, total was 8.5 miles. Beautiful area. Trail was in very good condition, even with very heavy rain the day before. Trail is pretty smooth, so easy hiking. Had 3 big climbs, which were pretty steep, 1079 ft total climbing. Did miss one turn, and went a few hundred yards before we realized had gone the wrong way (trail looks like it goes straight, but actually turns, need sign). Also, a little annoying and confusing walking through the zip line area near the welcome center. So, great hike, close to Louisville, a couple minor complaints, but definitely worth doing, and will do again.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

my first time on it so it was a little challenging.

trail running
Friday, August 11, 2017

A nice, fun trail that has some challenging sections. The first two miles are deceptively easy running, but just at two miles you hit a big descent and it gets harder. Pair this with the Orange trail (that has a lovely evergreen section) and Mitchell Hill and you have a nice and varied 8 mile run. I'd say that this trail is easier than both Scotts Gap and Siltstone.

trail running
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Nice little trail that can be challenging up the hills. I just wish it was marked a little better but other than that it's great.

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