Iron Ore Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ashland, Kentucky that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length3.7 miElevation gain508 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningDog friendlyForestPartially pavedWildlifeMuddyHistoric site
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Casandra S
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Trails near impassible due to storm damage

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alorr4uz User
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Cole Distel
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Kaden Cain
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Mountain bikingGreat!

it was good and it allowed for a nice bike ride as well not that many obstacles

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Candy Goldie
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It was an awesome, well maintained trail.

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Gretchen Beach
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful, well-maintained trail. Lots of history, signs that tell about the history.

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Jeff Gillum
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Jeff Gillum
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Randy Ashburn
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Probably the best maintained trail in the area. Somehow, they even had the fallen leaves cleared from the trail!

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Jeff Gillum
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Jerri Compton
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HikingGreat!

Perhaps biased because this is close to me. but the trail is well maintained and the further you get into the trail, away from the sounds of the highway, it gets prettier and feels more remote. Many nice, enchanting visuals. A great hike in a local community park.

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Kevin Zhea
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This trail was wide open and decently marked. But parking was a struggle. Perhaps that was circumstantial. There was a parking at the shelter closest to the trail head. Having gps I as a must. There many cross trails and roads it would be easy to get off track. No great views of any kind. Really just a blah trail. Not sure if I’d ever do this one again. Just not worth the 35 minute drive. But if you are local this may not be a bad trail at all. Happy hiking.

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Katie Sammons
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well maintained!

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JENNIFER LEIST
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Most challenging hike yet for me! Some parts seemed harder than easy but with a walking stick, it was manageable.

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Lynda Munshower
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Well marked easy/moderate loop.

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David Sparks
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Matthew Myers
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I liked the trail, would do it again if I hadn’t walked 3 miles already. Lots of elevation changes with different variety of oak trees all along the trail.

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Carl Faulkner
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It is a very pleasant walk in the woods.

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Randy Ashburn
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HikingGreat!

Great walk through the woods. Extremely well marked trail, lots of benches, and many wooden overlooks. Quite a bit of diversity of terrain: gravel, dirt, grass clearings, pavement, and even brick! Divided into 12 different small sections, each with a different theme. The brick portion is 0.15 miles of the original Rte 60 from Ashland to Lexington used back in the 1800s! Lots of access trails leading from various shelter houses to different spots on the trail, in case you only want to do certain sections. The rating at the trail heads say 7 of these sections are easy and 5 are intermediate. There are a couple pretty good climbs, and I'd say this is more accurate than the general "easy" rating given by AllTrails. The ONLY negative thing I can say is that you can clearly hear highway noises from the modern Rte 60 over most of the trail.

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Justin Bowe
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Decent trail! Lots of car noise till you’re about 2/3 of the way done. NOT EASY - more a true moderate. I rarely use trekking poles but I got them out for some of the downhills. I did not like having to walk along the road a good distance back to the car.

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Kevin Caskey
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Only able to do a short portion given the attention span of my 4 year old but she was a trooper for the minimal distance. Great trail. Loved the old section of bricks from the original US 60 horseshoe bend.

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Elizabeth Smith
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Beautiful trail, pristine really. Well-maintained, well-marked. We started from the west trailhead, which gives you a clockwise loop. When you enter the park from 716, take the immediate first left - a narrow one-way road that goes past some houses behind a fence. Park in the gravel lot and look downhill to spot the trailhead. If you choose to take the east trailhead it's on the other side of the entrance, but I'm not sure where the parking is. The trail is quite hilly - you're always going up or down. The steep stretches are short, however. I would call it "moderate" because of the hilliness. There is excellent signage. Only one place did we question which way to go - a crossroads at a meadow. We followed the sign to "east trailhead" since we were coming from the west trailhead, and that was correct. Most of the trail is packed dirt, with a few gravel sections. About 3 miles in there is a brick section which was part of the original Midland Trail (Route 60) built in the 1920s. You can see and hear the current Route 60 along this beautiful stretch. Upon emerging by the east trailhead you have to take the road and go through a picnic area to return to the west trailhead. That was where we had our only issue - we had already walked 3+ miles with our dog (on leash, of course), and all of a sudden there was a "no dogs allowed" sign, the only one we saw in the park. Our choices were to go back the way we had come (doubling our hike), find a way to go off-road to get there, or break the rules and take the dog through, which is what we did. The full loop was 3.7 miles and took us a leisurely hour and 39 minutes. There are many benches and viewing platforms, as well as informative historical markers. The trail is so well planned that someone has painted roots that might trip one red. The woods were lovely, and best of all, we had the trail to ourselves on a holiday weekend! Highly recommended.

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Carl Faulkner
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This is a fabulous wooded trail close to our home. Hats off to Boyd County tourism and economical development for this hometown gem.

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Carl Faulkner
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The trail is well maintained and well marked. The woods are beautiful.

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Renee Cheek
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Renee Cheek
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Sean Barrett
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Nice hike just outside the city limits of Ashland. Prepare for a 1 hour 10 minute hike for relatively fit individuals.

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Mike Harris
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Awsome trail very clean

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Mike Harris
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Nice trail and some nice signs telling the history of the area

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