Purple Heart Trail

MODERATE 27 reviews

Purple Heart Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fairdale, Kentucky that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
505 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

1 month ago

A good trail to get the kid pumping....hope to be back soon

walking
3 months ago

Excellent hike among the woods!

I'm not a frequent hiker, but I found this a great post-work escape. I completed the circuit in just about an hour, and for the most part it was easy going. What qualifies this as a "hard" route are the several particularly steep points, but I'd say over half of the route you are walking along fairly smoothly. I scavenged a fallen branch for a walking stick and was glad to have it on the hills.

Dirt all the way, so I would not recommend hiking after rain. When navigating the inclines you are either among tangled tree roots or balancing over an erosion gully. Tennis shoes did fine, but I would have liked some slightly sturdier shoes.

There are never any clearings nor points where you get much of a view (the only reason I give this 4 stars instead of 5), but the ridgetops are still sunny without being hot, and the wind in the trees is wonderful. The times you are in the bottom valley, you are in deep dark woods and the smell of the earth is rich and heavy.

Lots of frogs jumping out of your way, butterflies and regular flies, birdsongs, distant motorcycle rumbles, the occasional planes flying overhead, coyote tracks in the mud, and spider webs which are easily cleared with the aforementioned walking stick.

walking
3 months ago

4 months ago

for a short hike this was nice and lived up to its rating/ difficult

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

The coolest short loop ive found at jefferson memorial. The knobs, the overlooks, couldn't ask for more

5 months ago

My favorite short but tough hike in Jefferson Memorial. Take the Tulip Tree paved path to the end and then up the hill to add a little length and a serious climb to your trip.

10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Great beginner trail for kids with nice hills

hiking
Thursday, June 23, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

I really enjoyed this one. Nice elevation changes and pretty diverse views. Found 4 Geocaches near the trails. Lots of frogs and some lizards.

hiking
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Monday, April 04, 2016

great views bathrooms locked

hiking
Monday, April 04, 2016

Awesome trail. Went with 2 dogs, great breaks in the hilly landscape, awesome views, good physical activity and easy parking / Park site, with picnic tables near entrance. Clear trail markers.

hiking
Sunday, February 21, 2016

Loved this winter hike. The trees were bare so the vistas were breathtaking. There were leaves over mud, so parts of the trail were pretty slippery.

hiking
Sunday, September 21, 2014

hiking
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Jesse is right-this is a great fall hike, probably my third favorite hike in JMF.