North-South Trail is a 55.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Grand Rivers, Kentucky that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
55.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,698 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

scramble

historic site

backpacking
13 days ago

made the trip in just over 3 days. Was my first longer distance trail. The North end is well marked and maintained, lots of great views. on the North end there are more bluffs but it's not terribly difficult. After you pass Golden pond heading south the trail gets rough fast. It's not very well marked and the horse traffic had it tore up fairly bad. Also watch for unmarked horse trails...I got turned on to one and got lost for a while. The shelters along the way are primitive but a welcome sight every night. Overall it was a great trail and I would definitely do it again.

26 days ago

easy walk. can cover it in 2-3 days. mostly forrest trails with good overlooks of lake. very little traffic. few shelters there are primitive. Southern 1/4 of trail is usually chewed up from horse traffic. overall enjoyable.

backpacking
2 months ago

I completed the entire trail over two trips (3 days total) which was slightly ambitious of me. The southern third was quick and easy hiking as it was mostly flat. The northern half was more hilly but not terribly difficult. There are not a lot of good places to camp unless it’s an area where you cross a campground that is road accessible. Unfortunately, the trail is not kept up in a lot of areas. There are a few questionable bridges and quite a bit of bush-wacking that occurred. I thankfully had this app or there were a few places I am sure I would have gotten lost. I also wish there were more views. If it had been more “wet” I feel like there would have been more stream crossings instead of dry creek-beds. There are no hill-too views either, but some decent lake views in the northern section.

backpacking
5 months ago

I love this trail. Lots of mosquito. Bring repellent.

6 months ago

Trail is littered with trash. Downed trees and washed out portions.

backpacking
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

started in the middle and headed north. nice trail.

backpacking
Monday, April 10, 2017

Northern section is more scenic but overall a great experience & happy we completed the entire trail.

backpacking
Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas 2016. Wet and chilly. Good views through the woods and some overlooking KY lake. Forgot to hang my pack at twin lakes and woke up to a skunk INSIDE it (stole my jerky). Definitely a workout, plenty of things to see.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Great trail but shared it with a lot of bikes today. Good workout with some good hills. Started at the North welcome center and did the blue/yellow loop back to the Welcome Center. Did about 8 miles and loved how parts of the trail followed the lake.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Great backpacking trail but widow makers galore after several ice storms

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