John Holder Trail is a 2.5 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: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 498 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

over grown

rocky

no dogs

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.

hiking
6 days ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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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muddy
3 months ago

3 months ago

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

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flooded
muddy
washed out
3 months ago

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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flooded
muddy
off trail
scramble
washed out
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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!

5 months ago

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

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muddy
6 months ago

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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rocky
6 months ago

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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bugs
8 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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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bugs
10 months ago

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over grown
private property
11 months ago

Got to the trail and had to turn around because they DONT ALLOW DOGS! Trail is tight with vegetation so we decided not to risk the poison ivy either. I’ve seen pics of you go thru it’s nice

hiking
bugs
private property
11 months ago

Trail sits tight beside Halls on the River, a wonderful local restaurant. the trail isn’t challenging, or time consuming and can sometimes be muddy/slippery so wear good supporting shoes. The river at the end is perfect for day play, dogs, kids and hanging out. A small waterfall in the back and to the right provides a calm, scenic experience where I love to sit and relax. I’ve even seen people bring hammocks down this trail and unwind for the rest of the day.

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail. Kids enjoyed crossing the creek.

Up until you cross the river, the trail is really nice. it's a bit boring after that. and crossing the river is fun!

Mon Apr 15 2019

not to hard but very pretty

Wed Apr 10 2019

Not marked very well.

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muddy
Mon Apr 08 2019

Great trail, but very muddy! Was absolutely beautiful.

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Wed Apr 03 2019

Good trail

Mon Apr 01 2019

i like it.

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