Outdoor Classroom

EASY 12 reviews

Outdoor Classroom is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Oil Springs, Kentucky that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.3 miles
173 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips






wild flowers


Direction From Paintsville Beginning at KY-40 W/3rd St/U.S. 23 Bus Follow KY-40 W to State Hwy 580 9 min (5.0 mi) - Continue to follow KY-40 W 2.1 mi - Turn right to stay on KY-40 W 315 ft - Slight left to stay on KY-40 W 2.9 mi Continue on State Hwy 580. Drive to Blanton Branch Rd 8 min (4.8 mi) - Turn right onto State Hwy 580 4.1 mi - Turn right onto Blanton Branch Rd 0.7 mi Parking at the end of Blanton Branch Rd

4 days ago

A really cool and easy trail with lots to see. The trail did abruptly stop at one point and there were a bunch of fallen trees. We walked through some thick brush and found our way around which led us to a field of wildflowers. Totally worth getting off the beaten path.

3 months ago

My favorite place in Johnson Co.

6 months ago

Awesome view!

6 months ago

Amazing view

7 months ago

8am hike with the wife. Great to get away from everything.

8 months ago

Very nice and hidden jewel in county with beautiful Overlooks.

8 months ago


8 months ago

Yes Rose Meek it is at the end of Blanton Branch Road. There are some turns off the road near the end to a cemetery, but if you just stay straight you will drive straight into the parking area.

8 months ago

Andrea - how do you get to the trail head? Is it on Blanton Branch Road?

8 months ago

Wonder trail, plenty of parking, beautiful scenic views of the lake, rock cliffs, water fall and a creek. Easy to navigate. A couple small steep segments, but overall a very easy going trail.

8 months ago