Osborne Bend Trail

MODERATE 19 reviews
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Osborne Bend Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wellington, Kentucky that features beautiful wild flowers 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
8.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,204 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

rocky

3 months ago

probably great for trail running in the summer as it's not terribly challenging, pretty much just an old forestery road for the main part. Other than that not a lot to see and wayyy to muddy right now.

hiking
4 months ago

I would not suggest this trail. The starting climb going clock-wise was a little strenuous, but once you reach the top the trail is pretty flat until you descend in the gorge. The portion of the trail in the gorge was nice, but I'm not sure if it made up for the blandness of the first half of the trail. The main reason for my one star was because the last tow miles of the trail on Red River Rd., so not only are you walking on the road you get to worry about cars coming around the corner.

9 months ago

Would be better to do when weather has been very dry. 4 days ago rain and very muddy in patches.

10 months ago

Cool rocks

hiking
11 months ago

Buggy.

backpacking
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

This was an amazing trail. I hope you like a long steep hill to climb right off the bat. Very nice rock formations, and caves along the way. Once you get to the top, it's mostly smooth sailing with some small climbs. Towards the end there is an awesome camp site near the bottom of the hill by a natural water source. Make sure you have plenty of water. Because there is not much other than the beginning and the end of the trail. This trail was great with cool views. Will be visiting this trail more often. Its great to make a 2 day camping trip out of. A+

backpacking
Monday, February 20, 2017

Fun trail, mostly easy with two steep incline/decline at each end. Trail was in alright condition considering the rainfall and horse traffic that some of the trail sees. The trail offers glimpses of what the gorge has to offer, and in a much less trafficked area.

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

We hiked maybe 1 mile into this, then headed off trail up hill to the bottom of the cliffs. For the most part, there was a nice path to follow along the edge of the cliffs. It made for a very enjoyable experience, as with nearly ever corner we turned seemingly taking us into a new land. Just gorgeous!

hiking
Friday, May 06, 2016

The trail head is found at the parking lot at the end of the one lane bridge on KY715. It's mostly heavily wooded scenery with fairly even ground. There is a moderately steep incline at the beginning of the trail and a steep decline with loose rocks/debris at the end of the actual trail. At the end of the trail you will come back to the KY715. Approx. 3 miles up the road (eastward direction) you will arrive back at the trail head parking lot. It's best to walk next to the road on the Red River side (going with traffic). There is enough room to walk on the side of the road with the exception of a couple of places. As long as you are aware of traffic there should be no problem. Wear reflectors/lights during low light conditions. This hike was rated 4 stars because it was a really nice hike, but with no spectacular views beyond the dense forest during the "green" seasons. As I have discovered since hiking this trail, inside of this loop is a trail to Copperas Falls. If you look at the map you can see the valley that the trail runs through. I will hike to Copperas Falls a second time to record it for future users.

hiking
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Osborne Bend Trail/Lost Branch Trail - This trail is in the Northern section of Clifty Wilderness. The hike described below goes from Osborn Bend trailhead on the east side to the intersection with Lost Branch Trail and all along Lost Branch. This trail overall is rather boring in comparison to most trails in the RRG area. Starts with a moderate uphill and follows the ridge line after about a mile or two all the way to lost branch, following Lost Branch to the Sheltowee trace intersection. There are many places to camp but not too many water sources and very few geological features to speak of and is overall a rather easy but non-descript hike. If you are going to hike Clifty for the first time, do yourself a favor and stay on the south end on Swift Camp Creek trail.

hiking
Monday, August 09, 2010

Begin at the Wildcat trailhead and hike up along awesome rock formations until you reach the hardwood forests on the upper ridge. Good luck avoiding the horse bogs. The intersection of Wildcat and Swift Camp Creek trails is poorly marked so pay attention. Swift Camp Creek trail descends once again into the lowland creek enviroment. This loop is a great example of the 2 types of forests you can find in KY. SCC trail ends on highway 715 so you will have to roadwalk back to the car.

hiking
28 days ago

recorded Nice Day Hike

hiking
5 months ago

9 months ago

hiking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

camping
Monday, May 15, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

hiking
Thursday, August 23, 2012