John Holder Trail

MODERATE 38 reviews

John Holder Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Winchester, Kentucky that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
675 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

old growth

rocky

no dogs

The John Holder trail (1.4 mi one way) 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.

1 hour ago

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hiking
7 days ago

As far as prettiness, this Trail deserves five stars, but due to private property restrictions in some of the cool looking places and the trail dead ending causing you to have to walk back the same way you came, I have to say 4 stars.
However this would be a excellent choice for beginners and is kid friendly!

10 days ago

walking
16 days ago

This is a nice scenic walking trail, however you do have to cross a creek which may get your shoes wet. A nice little foot bridge would make this trail more enjoyable.

18 days ago

The waterfall was pretty but not technically on the trail.

18 days ago

23 days ago

1 month ago

Gorgeous hike!!! we had a blast. We will definitely be back!

hiking
1 month ago

I could not believe it took me so long to visit this trail with it being only 15 minutes from my house! The crystal clear water from the creek was a nice surprise. Tons of wildflowers and unique bugs. End of the trail gets boring but the first half made it worth it. My husband was back carrying our two year old had no trouble at all besides trying to cross the creek!

1 month ago

1 month ago

Was a nice, quiet walk. The waterfalls are not open to the public which is stated by the many signs. Stick to the trail until the end cause the grave sites are the best part.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Wear water shoes!

2 months ago

Prepare to cross a creek or you won't be able to finish more than 1/4 of the trail unless you don't mind getting wet. Especially if you go after its rained a little.

3 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

There's so many different trails you can break off on and explore. You might have to do some trespassing with the recent restrictions added. Definitely going to get wet if there was any rain fall in the past.

hiking
5 months ago

Very nice easy hike.

7 months ago

7 months ago

It was a nice moderate level trail and it was fun crossing the creek. Nice woods.