Otter Creek Trail

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Otter Creek Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Brandenburg, Kentucky that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 423 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


bird watching



wild flowers



It's $3 for day use. Caves, streams, wildlife, rivers, you name it. This trail is only open Wednesday - Sunday.

mountain biking
washed out
12 days ago

Trails not clearly marked and the park office was out of trail maps. Pick your direction carefully because one direction is clearly down hill oriented towards the creek. You may find yourself climbing out of the valley longer than expected.

5 months ago

Great variety of terrain.

7 months ago

Nice December hike but I’m glad I was using All Trails. It got us back on the trail a few times. The trail markings aren’t too good. There’s a lot of deadfall on the trails due to a recent ice storm but manageable. We plan on coming back to hike other trails. There’s much more to explore there.

10 months ago

Did this a few years ago. Coming upon abandoned cabins and high bluffs along the Ohio is quite memorable.

10 months ago

took this trail today. this is actually the red cedar trail and part of the valley overlook trail. there are many other trails that are not listed in this app. Google otter creek park trail map to find a map of all of them.

11 months ago

Warning - it's closed on Monday and Tuesday

trail running
11 months ago

I’ve run this trail several times and would recommend it to anyone. The map above is misleading as it cuts off about have of the actual Otter Creek Trail. The whole loop comes out to around 8 miles. The terrain is mostly single-track, forested with occasional rocky areas. Easy enough to log some good mileage but hard enough to be interesting. I can usually run the entire loop in 80-90 minutes. Some turnoffs are easy to miss so it’s best to get a map at the entrance until you become more familiar with the park.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Awesome trail with lots to see and do. Has a beautiful waterfall and caves to explore. We did the otc trail. Will definitely be coming back. They also have bald eagles.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

did the VOT had a blast.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Really great trail! We did majority Otter Creek Trail (OCT) and cut back on the Red Cedar Trail (RCT). $3/person. They gave us a really good trail map at the entrance, and I thought all the trails were marked pretty well. First half of the hike was easy, second half moderate. Walked through LOTS of spider webs, which was a little annoying. You are never too far from roads/camping. Nice views. We did 3.84 miles in all, took almost 2 hours. Dogs loved it. A few horses on the RCT trail, so if you're just hiking, it's probably best to stay on the No Horses trails to avoid mud and poop.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

So much to do and look at. It's only $3 for day use and we spent approximately 6 hours exploring here. Caves, streams, wildlife, rivers, you name it. Will be going back here real soon.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Terribly marked trails. Someone has pulled up the majority of the trail markers. There are no blazes. it had rained most the day before making the trails thick with mud. Never made it to the river. Very disappointing. Could hear the people camping at all times, so no solitude.

horseback riding
Monday, April 10, 2017

The trails were in really good shape today

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Beautiful trail! We followed the OCT trail markers, but it seemed longer than 4 miles. We didn't have a tracker on, so could be wrong, but experience tells us it was longer, so be prepared for a long hike! Took us about 4 hours... it was worth it though. Lots of wildlife and views. Also would rate this as hard, not moderate, just because of the hills.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

This is a YMCA park. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday. There is also a fee to enter the park. The park was closed the day we wanted to hike. Will rate later.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Wonderful trail though admittedly trail markers can be somewhat hard to spot.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Going tomorrow with high hopes.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

The park is closed Monday and Tuesdays except holidays

Thursday, February 11, 2016

One of our more favorite trails in Kentucky. Nice scenery of water coming down the hill from Morgan's Cave, the high vie of the Ohio River Bend and then Otter Creek with fly fishermen and wildlife. Its about a 10 mile loop though, the 7.5 doesn't cover the linking of the OTC in the valley.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Loved it! The section I covered from just below the highway down along the West Bank of the creek to the Ohio River and then back up a ridge and down a horse trail to the creek again was amazing! It rained most of the trek. Was very private!! Multiple trails which are color coded and numbered. Definitely will return there.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Very poor marking; we ended up losing the trail for a couple miles where it meets up with the RCT. There was a million spider webs cutting across the trail (seriously, after having about 20 to 30 spiderwebs with spiders that you in the face... It gets old!). There was a tree that had fallen over the trail. It was about 4 1/2 feet diameter that was pretty challenging to get over. Now for the good stuff; beautiful trail, we liked walking next to the creek, some challenging spot at times, but that's part of the fun and we had a blast!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Pretty crappy trails. But a beautiful hike.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Good variety of trails but not marked as well. Cost $3.00 per person. Brought my dogs and had a blast!

Monday, August 05, 2013

I have hiked both the OCT and the VOT trails, seen the cave (off of the Otter creek trail where the drop looks like all rock below, go down the steps, cross the road and down more steps there is a information sign, you will find it across from the creek up on that hill) it is closed now you cannot enter it but all the same nice to read about and see. Also if you want to go straight where the train tracks are on the OCT trail there you can go down to the Ohio river beautiful spot you will walk right under the train tracks but will have to back track to get back in the loop of OCT.... the second time we hiked we seen the wild life up close one instance was a copperhead snake (close to the beginning by the river and rocks where the path is narrow right after the homemade stairs) I walked right next to and passed it but the the person behind seen it and stopped, was approx 3 ft long and after it passed we ventured on (got my heart pumping). a few deer have also been seen, that was enjoyable! It is a great place to see nature and also get a great workout, there are places you will have to climb a few rough hills, rock ledges, and climb over downed trees on the OCT trail , The VOT was not as challenging but still a great workout with hills and at the top the lookout it's beautiful all I can say is go, take plenty of water and a snack ,bug repellent, and good comfortable shoes we usually do eight to 10 miles hiking... We have always started at the picnic water area named Garnettsville (great place to get your feet wet, cool off ,cook out, restroom area), Just start out following the creek and the OCT signs. Towards the end of the Otter creek trail when the trail splits off and goes down hill towards the water take it back to the parking area or else you will start all over again on Oct and have to back track once again it is not marked! .. MAPS at the gate when you enter are Free , it is $3 a day for 12+ under is free , Cheap fun if you ask me, love this place!!!!! One tiny thing ...they could put more markers on the hiking paths as stated in previous reviews it is not marked well In places.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The trail was very nice. We especially enjoyed deviating from the trail to see Morgan's cave and the natural spring. The trail takes you up along the Ohio River for some time. Very scenic, with plenty of wildlife. You do pass a number of cabins that are used for a wilderness camp but there was no other traffic on the trail and we were out all day.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Great trails, lots of little things that you can hike off the trail to see, differently going back and bringing my dog and hitting a couple other little trails. Only thing to complain about is that some of the trails off the valley overlook aren't marked very well so you don't know where you going, but u end up in the loop so it all works out. Great place.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Great trails, and there a lot to chose from. I did the Valley Over Look trail today, the creek also has pretty good fishing so pack your rod.

mountain biking
Monday, June 18, 2012

Had a great time at Otter Park. The cost to Mountain Bike is $10. Great work out on the trails. Just remember to use bug repellent to keep the ticks away. This last winter was mild so the ticks are out in force this year.

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