Pilot Knob Trail

MODERATE 88 reviews

Pilot Knob Trail is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Clay City, Kentucky that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1240 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

trail running

forest

views

no dogs

hiking
8 days ago

The hike up to the overlook is definitely worth the soreness. Breathtaking views.

2 months ago

Great view of surrounding cities, Wow! Left me speechless after sunset.

hiking
2 months ago

Creek crossing was a bit rough due to the rain, but the trail is in good shape and well marked. View from the top is great

hiking
3 months ago

The view is spectacular! Very little traffic. We passed one trail runner. Had the top to ourselves and enjoyed a snack there.

backpacking
6 months ago

Very fun and great view! The drive there was a bit sketchy. The walk was pretty intense for someone who’s in medium level of shape, but the workout was well worth it for the studying view

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail. Clean, quiet, only passed a couple people. Seemed to be well marked but at one point I did end up on the sage trail and took the long wait around up to the look out, but wasn't bad. Passed over a creek that was super pretty and a great spot for a my dog to take a break and swim. The view at the actual look out is absolutely breathtaking. The hike itself is on the higher end of moderate. Defiantly had my legs aching by the end. The road out there is not marked at all, you just end up at a dead end where there's a very small parking lot and small sign.

hiking
7 months ago

I hiked the Pilot Knob trail on Sunday. The trail was amazing, with A LOT of inclines. But well worth it. I did take the Sage Point trail and ended up at the gravel road. Apparently there is a WELL hidden re-entrance that I did miss. I ended up behind someone's yard at a red gate. I had to call the police station for a ride back to my car that was 8 MILES away from me. Be VERY careful when you go onto Sage Point trail. Overall, it was a decent hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Quite a trek, but absolutely worth the views! I must also mention as someone else has that there are metal rebar sticking out of the ground everywhere. They are hard to see too and easy to trip on! As like a few have mentioned I missed the reentry of the trail on the gravel road as well!
I will definitely go back!

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike to a good view. Good distance if you add Spruce Loop. Keep an eye out for trail re entry off the gravel road on Spruce. It's right at the start of the steep descent (we missed it).

hiking
10 months ago

The hike up was a little steep but the view was totally work it

10 months ago

Ran this trail recently. The view at the top is definitely worth the trip. A few concerns: metal rebar sticks out of the ground a couple inches in some parts of the trail. It's difficult to see and would be easy to trip on. Also, once you turn off the sage trail onto the gravel road, it is easy to miss the turn back into the woods as someone else posted.
Still, it was a nice run with a few challenges.

10 months ago

Nice view at the top

10 months ago

Stupendous hike! Frogs aplenty.

11 months ago

Nice short trail, and very beautiful! it was a well marked trail and easy to find. It's definitely worth the hike up Pilot's Knob!

hiking
11 months ago

This is an amazing hike! One of my favorites actually. It's up hill most of the way and the view at the top is beautiful!

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Pilot Knob is well marked, the view at the top is nothing less than amazing and deserves all 5 stars, but the section of the Sage Loop Trail that comes out on the gravel road and back in can be easy to miss. While our group was busy hiking downhill on the gravel road we completely missed where the trail enters back into the woods. About a mile later we figured it out when we encountered private property signs and had to back track back up to find the trail. Once back on the trail, everything was clearly marked the rest of the way.

trail running
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The view alone makes it 4 Stars for me. I will say, this is a very steep climb/run but the view at the top is well worth the trek. The backside of the trail especially the last couple of miles are pretty plain and grassy. I would give it 3 stars but I would definitely do it again for the view but I don't think I would run the full circle. Honestly, just hiking or running up and coming back down is well worth it! Happy Exploring!

hiking
Saturday, April 01, 2017

Great work out! The climb to the top felt long but it was worth the view!! We then did the full hike around and were tired afterwards. I would go back many times if I lived closer! I was visiting for the week from Pittsburgh, PA and this was better than Raven Run near Lexington by far!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Great trail. Well marked, great workout. Awesome view at the top!! We could see the 5/3 building in Lexington!!!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Terrific workout, terrific overlook!!

hiking
Sunday, February 05, 2017

favorite go to home close to Lexington

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The view up top is what gives it 4 stars. Amazing view and cool rock formations. Otherwise it was pretty meh. Might be better when more foliage

hiking
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Nice little hike.

hiking
Sunday, December 04, 2016

great small trail, lots of elevation

hiking
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

We went mid November and we loved it.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Beautiful view

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Great hike today , 1.74 miles from 815ft to 1394ft
Amazing views from on top

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Great hike straight up to an amazing vista!

hiking
Saturday, October 01, 2016

Easy hike

hiking
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Great trail, definitely a hike but well worth it for the view. Tried to do the sage loop on my way back down, couldn't find where the trail re entered the forest off the gravel road, ended up up just hiking back up.

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