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Laurel River Lake Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Corbin, Kentucky that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 275 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Walking Running Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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James reeves
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HikingOver grown

what a disaster. if they collect fines for parking its not going to cleaning the park. The trash is everywhere along the shore visitors here do not pick up after themselves. the trail is also over grown and we were covered in ticks. I would avoid this trail.

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Amanda Brandon
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HikingBugs

There are some nice views of the lake, but overall, you are looking at brown woods with minimal greenery. As with other reviewers, we left with ticks in spite of bug spray. This isn’t a bad hike but there are many other beautiful hikes within the area.

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Heather Martinez
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nice begginer/ flat trail. Trash is bad in some of the coves and does not make a beautiful statement. The views of the lake are beautiful. note *it is closed due to Covid 19 you can follow Daniel Boone forest service on Facebook to see when it reopens*

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Sarah Nichter
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Hiking

This is a nice, easy trail. It was not well marked with markers, but it was obvious. So it was easy to flow. If you follow the driving directions to the trail head, you will be at the Flatwoods boat ramp. But you may not be able to park there once park service is up and running again. The other trail head is at the edge of a parking lot in the Flatwoods picnic area. The picnic area is closed right now (due to COVID-19 pandemic). But you can park at the entrance and walk down to find it. Once it is open again it will be a nice place to end your hike with a picnic.

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Rachel Motsinger
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Hiking

If you park at the boat ramp parking lot, you have to have a $3 parking day pass (fine is $85 and yes there were rangers patrolling). There is another parking lot for the trail that I don’t think requires a parking pass (not 100% sure on that) but that one is currently closed. We had to go back to the Lakeside market (on the right when you are headed to the trail) and get our day pass. The trail was in good condition and easy to follow. There were some nice beaches where the dogs had a blast swimming in the lake! Bug spray is strongly recommended and make sure to check yourself and your dogs for ticks, they were pretty bad. We did not see any other people on the trail, it was a nice little escape!

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Emily Gilpin
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Hiking

This was a great trail. The spring time is a great time to hike it too because the red buds and other flowering trees are all in bloom. We were able to stop and wade in the lake also.

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Christy Y
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Hiking

Nice trail overall... quiet as would be expected in January, but I can imagine that would change in the warmer months. A few nice places to step down to the water if desired.

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Erin Cox
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HikingBugs

This is my favorite running trail. It’s easy, only one little hill climb really, and easy to follow as it goes right beside the lake the whole time. I only go in the winter though because it does have ticks really bad starting in the spring. Also the bare trees lets you have clearer views of the lake and the hillside.

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Jennifer Perkins
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Hiking

Beautiful scenery. Trails were in good shape for December. We hiked the loop and enjoyed the silence and peacefulness of the woods. The lake, rivers and branches were clear and clean. However, I would not hike this trail in any other season. There was trash just thrown everywhere, too much to pick up as I usually do. I really don’t get why humans would just throw their garbage on the trail, in the ravines off trail and on the side of the road. This is a National Park and should be treated with respect for the animals and nature. I feel like when this park is busy, it’s party time and loud. Not that there is anything wrong with partying but do it with class. Pick your crap up and throw it into the many trash cans that are available. Such a shame. Such a lack of respect for the natural beauty. Leave no trace is a real thing. We hiked and cooked supper on the lake and left it exactly the way we found it. I wonder if this part of the forest is maintained and if not, why? I’ve backpacked other trails in the Daniel Boone National Forest in February, April and June and didn’t see this. I apologize for the rant but for real. #leavenotrace.

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Katherine Thompson
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Great trail, easy for kids. Access to water. Lots of ticks, be warned, use bug spray.

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Alyssa Elliott
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Hiking

This trail. First off not worth it. 0.5 miles in I had found 12 deer ticks already climbing my legs and arms. And I hike with a toddler. Got home and we was also covered in chiggers. Also not fun. Views are pretty covered by trees you can see the lake view in a few areas around the cove. I wouldn’t do this trail if you paid me money just because the ticks and chiggers have taken over

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Alicia Bullock
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HikingMuddy

I was training a new pup to hike with me today. Good beginner trail. Very nice lake views.

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Jacob Dixon
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Hiking

not much to see and trail isn't marked. the lake is pretty but I could see those views without walking the trail. I didnt have a bad time which is why I didn't give it a 1 star but I won't do it again.

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Mikah Pritchard
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Pretty area, but trails are not well marked or maintained.

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Lindsay Jackson
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Hiking

Good brisk walking or running trail next to the water. A few great spots to sit next to the lake and relax. A bit grown up and ticks were pretty bad when I went. I don’t recommend shorts and tennis shoes lol. But overall a nice, easy trail.

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Paul Wilken
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Hiking

Really enjoyed the first mile as you can see the lake most of the trail. After that we ran into a few problems. The trail is fairly narrow. There was a lot of long grass with "stickers" that hung across the trail and were relatively painful. Of course, that grass also meant ticks - I removed about 20. Along the water, the trail was washed out at 4 places, making it somewhat difficult to cross. If not for these problems, we would have really liked the trail.

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Katie Keys
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Hiking

Nice walk around the lake! We were coming off illness (but needed to stretch our legs) and looking for an easy Sunday hike. Also wanted something relatively dry (no creek crossings) as it wasn't an especially warm day. This checked all the boxes. Minimal elevation changes and obstacles. Easy to follow trail (you take the road back to complete the loop). Expect to see lots of lake views, accessible beach areas, and some rock formations. Also, lots of trash. Like a lot :-(. I'm sure on a summer day it would be a different experience with lots of boat traffic as well, but the lake was fairly quiet on this March day. I had a toddler in a backpack carrier (and a baby in my belly), and an 8 year old on foot - the loop took about 2 hours with plenty of breaks to skip stones and play.

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Ashlee Marston
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Hiking

Beautiful lakeside early March hike. We found a small beach to stop for a quick lunch and just to enjoy the lake with no boats and no one else around. It’s a super simple hike. You will need a map as the trail is not marked until you get right up on it. There are benches throughout the trail overlooking the lake you need a little break. We also found picnic tables and grills at the end of the trail we didn’t see when we piled up so that was a nice little surprise. Excited to come back in the summer when it warmer to float and grill! ***** There IS lots so trash

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Eric Burke
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Easy and nice trail. Overlook was cool

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Nick O
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very senic

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Chris Roberts
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good scenery, easy hike

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Helen Pollock
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not marked. you need this app to stay on the trail.

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Banjo Dog
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Walking

loud boats. trash. maybe good for a quick walk if you live nearby. But not worth the effort of a special trip. After hiking in nearby Big South Fork, the area is very loud with fishing boats and very disturbed. I decided to quit after about 10 minutes because of the noise, boat fumes, trash on the trail and general poor conditions. Again, good for a local person, not worth a special trip.

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Alicia Bullock
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Hiking

I didnt get completely finished with this trail.....had an accident but I did about half and it was easy and very pretty.

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Jaime Grubb
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This was an easy trail. Loved the view! The trees were beautiful!

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Peggy Bowman
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John S
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Kristina Thomas
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Katie Brown
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John S
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