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John Holder Trail [CLOSED] is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Winchester, Kentucky that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 498 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Over grown Rocky Closed No dogs
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This preserve is temporarily closed. The John Holder trail starts at Hall's Restaurant on State Road 418. The trail immediately drops down to an old ford across Howard's Creek and circles around to an old plantation home. Great for a day hike. This scenic trail immediately drops down to an old ford across Howard's Creek that was part of the Athen-Boonesboro Turnpike (circa. 1775), then it continues up along a ridgeline past foundations of old ice houses to the Benjamin Hieronymous homestead. The homestead contains three cemeteries, including the 1798 grave of Colonel John Holder.

The trail is open from Daylight to Dusk. Parking is at Hall's Restaurant on State Road 418.

The John Holder trail (1.4 mi one way) starts at Hall's Restaurant on State Road 418. The address is 1225 Athens Boonesboro Rd, Winchester, KY 40391.

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Lori Sullivan
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We love this trail. Anyone know if it’s back open yet?

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Kylie Cheyenne
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As of 7-14-20 this trail is temporarily closed. Know before you go! Take care of the resources we have and don’t abuse them. The abuse lead to the closure (spray paint, off trail hiking, garbage, etc).

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Katrina Moye
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This trail is temporarily closed due to idiots destroying natural landmarks and ruining nature. Double check that it's open before you go.

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Riley Griffin
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Nice little trail. A river crossing to complete the entire thing, be prepared to get wet. Nothing too exciting

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Michael Neal
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Try to get to the end and see John Holder's station.

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Matt Edelmann
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HikingRockyScramble

Just go to the water falls. Ask any local how to find them. The trail is dumb, and is NOT a loop. However this spot is amazing for hanging out and swimming

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Alex Bender
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Fun for the swimming. Not a spectacular hike.

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Todd Newbern
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HikingMuddy

This trail was awesome! To begin you walk down to a beautiful creek that is perfect for wading in, even with small children. To continue the hike, you will have to cross the creek and you will get wet, but totally worth it!

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Jay Prather
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Very pretty surroundings in the Lower Howard's Creek gorge. The creek is wonderful and is a great wading place for small kids and swimming hole for bigger ones. Be aware that when the river is high it backs up into the creek and can make the trial impassible and the creek too deep for wading. If you want to check before you go, use the Kentucky River Lock 9 (Valley View) gage. https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ky/nwis/uv?site_no=03284230 I've been when the gage height is 15' and the creek is fine. When the gage height is 20' the trail is flooded out. I don't know the exact cut off between those points.

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Graham Schick
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Bring a swimsuit!

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Renee Konkle
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Olivia Moore
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I love this trail, but wish they allowed dogs. My dog would love to swim in all that water and it is a decent trail.

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Shane Reed
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This is a decent trail. There is a small waterfall not to long into the hike before you get to stop #2 to the left of the waterway.

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Christian Wastell
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Tom Fehrenbach
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never been here before. nice trail til you get to the creek and can't pass over creek. too high

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Johnny Mcdonald
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was a nice start but the path was flooded at the bottom of the hill several feet impassable so I'll get back in a few months.

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Jon Howard
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Lakyn Griffith
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I personally live here and can say this place is amazing, don’t be afraid to go off the trail some. If you get to the creek and see a big hill to your right, there is no path but if you climb up you can find a path on top of it and it is pretty cool. go exploring, climb the waterfall. it’s a lot of fun!

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Franco Stephan
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Nice short trail next to river. Dogs not allowed as this is a natural preserved area.

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Sydney Beidleman
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HikingMuddy

Awesome trail, a bit muddy but no surprise after the rain in the last week. Creek was too deep to cross being a solo hiker and ill-prepared for an after work hike!

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Robert Guthrie
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HikingRocky

Great trail for a short hike. Even on a dreary day it was pretty. Would rate easy except for the log/rock crossing. Looks like a great swimming hole for a summer hike, plenty of shade. Note: the waterfall on this trail is on private property. You can see it without trespassing, but you can’t get too close.

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Marc Mohon
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HikingBugs

The creek is the main attraction here. The end of the trail opens up on someone's farm. I have never seen more spider webs.

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Lonnie McCoy
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Disappointing since most of the trails are closed for regrowth. You can only hike to the creek which is 0.5 miles one way. The main trail across the creek is blocked as well, although you can hike a very short distance up the creek to a small water fall that is on private property.

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