Pennyrile Forest Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews

Pennyrile Forest Trail is a 25.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dawson Springs, 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 December. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

25.1 miles 4501 feet Out & Back

dog friendly






mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers





old growth

over grown


Presently, there is a portion of the Pennyrile Nature Trail beginning at the Tradewater Park/PNT Trailhead just off of Hwy 109 that is clear to the No Outlet Road. When approaching the No Outlet Road some choose to turn left on the No Outlet Road, continue and cross Hwy. 109, and continue dow

3 months ago

4 months ago

We went this past Sunday did about 6 miles of trail the entire family had a great time and had some nice views

6 months ago

I would not recommend going in the summer. We got covered in ticks from top to bottom. The trail is right next to a golf course. I didn't like it much

1 year ago

To do as there-and-back trail it would be 27 miles. Great, long hike. Would NOT recommend going in the summer because ticks are awful! Just went today and probably picked off total of 40 ticks for two people- even after using bug spray. Def a strenuous trail- not anything too difficult, just lots of ups&downs. We started at the trail head in Dawson springs, right before the bridge (you will park by a canoe rental place). Walk over bridge and trail veers off road and into the Forrest in about .4 miles. Portions were VERY thick, but trail marked well just have to pay attention. The park office said this would be best trail head to use because hikers weren't able to find trail head near resort due to it being so overgrown. Not a trail if you don't like fighting through bushes/overgrowth.. Would recommend for late fall, winter, and early spring.

1 year ago

This trail is not the hardest trail in KY and it's not the prettiest, but doing any portion of the Pennyrile Nature Trail (PNT) is pretty strenuous and satisfyinlgy pretty. Let's start with the basics. No equestirans and not ATV's. That's a plus. Trail is mostly single track on compacted soil with very little two track and abandoned roads. Rocky sections are rare. This trail got a bad rap a few years ago for haveing lots of uncleared windfall and got hammered with the ice storm more recently than that, but all that has been fixed. Trail blazes aplenty an it is well signed. Three trail heads, one north, one south and one in the middle. 13.5 miles for length is spot on. Not too many places to camp with level ground, but they can be found. Some pretty ravines, hardwood forests and bluffs on the south end. This trail has many ups and downs that will wear you out. Plenty of lake views when leaves allow for long views. In short, a hard trail with enough scenic views to make it worth your while and a whole lot of miles if you do the whole thing. Food nearby at both ends of the trail! Leave no trace.

2 years ago

The lake trail (loop, just over 2 miles) features views of the sandy beach, lake, outcroppings) as of 12-2014 is not passable at the far end of the lake (bridge damaged and in deep water).

3 years ago

The Lake Trail is only a 2.5 mile loop. Pretty easy. If you want longer, do the Pennyrile Nature Trail which is 31.1 miles headed N. Trail runners beware, lots of ankle twisters but fine for experienced runners. I turned around about 2 miles in after crossing the 2nd hardball bec I was fighting sticker bushes at that point.

4 years ago

Very scenic area. The loop around the lake is very hard and hilly. Lots of trees and shade so is a good walk on sunny days. Black top road into the Pennyrile lodge and the dinning is very good the times I visited. Trails are well marked and kept clean. Saw a ground hog squirrels and lots of birds on my visits. Lake is alway very scenic and worth the trip to see and walk. Might be too hard for small children and people not in good shape. Can be fished any time of the year. Lake is very clear all the time. In the fall the leaves are very pretty and makes very good pictures with the lake.

4 years ago

Trails were good but poorly marked except at the trail heads. other than that everything was good