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Scotts Gap Loop Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Louisville, Kentucky that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.3 mi Elevation gain 639 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

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Brandon Ritman
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Bianca Pillarella
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Brandon Ritman
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Rebecca Green
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***Current conditions** Tons of bugs. There’s a tree down about half way through that is difficult to navigate around, especially since the recent rain makes everything soft and muddy. This is labeled as moderate, but I think it’s near the hard end of the spectrum. Lots of ups and downs, several tough ascents. Definitely not kid friendly unless your kids are used to hiking. That said, this is my favorite Louisville hiking trail. The scenery is varied, from dry ridges to verdant valleys that look like they came straight out of Jurassic Park. It’s very quiet and feels like it’s much further from the city than it actually is.

Krome Raymond
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More than just a walk in the park! Definitely will give you an enjoyable heartfelt workout... worth every step! The way is clear the entire way, however there may be some small "itchweed" along the edges of the trail itself. Ouch!!

Susan Olson
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Enjoyable hike with some challenging ascents. Shaded all the way. Tree down about 1.5 miles into the loop (CCW) that is tough to navigate. Approach with care!

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Caleb Rountree
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Good solid day hike trail. I recommend using breathable pants due to the overgrown grass.

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Shelby Bruick
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Katie U
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Beautiful, varied, and well-marked. Probably the most challenging hike I've found in the Louisville area, with lots of sections to get your heart thumping and also downhills where you need to watch your footing. I would not want to go after a rain.

carrington padgett
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Wonderful! The reviews are accurate about the first hill being intense—after that, it levels off a bit but stays consistently changing so it’s never boring. A lot of little streams that are beautiful, and only a few declines that are “tough” (but still doable). I wouldn’t suggest taking little children just because of how steep it can get and how narrow the path is (definitely a lot of areas that are One Person Only).

Tel McGaha
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Shaun Demeter
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My favorite hike in the Louisville area. Starts off with a pretty massive uphill that will hey you going. Lots of variation and things to see. Check to see if it is closed before going out though. I believe I read that they were working on an extension and it is temporarily shut down.

Shine Nyein
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I enjoyed this trail, it was nice and scenic. It is moderate level and has many incline and decline throughout. The trail fits one person at a time for the most part, you won’t be able to walk side by side if you go with someone.

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Matthew Feldman
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Beautiful hike through the forest. You’ll cross countless little streams and it’s a very serene vibe. You won’t encounter many spectacular vistas as it’s pretty much a blanket of trees and greenery. I agree with those who said this will be on the difficult-side for anyone new to hiking. Some steep inclines and declines, and rocky. It can get pretty muddy after it rains. Definitely worth a visit.

Shannon B
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Great trail that provided challenging inclines at times. Not very heavily trafficked.

Kelsey S.
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Great Trail! My husband and hiked the complete loop. It had steep inclines at times and beautiful views.

mike cloutier
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Heavy initial elevation gain, beautiful hike with sweeping views

Julie Fox
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Great trail - will definitely go back! Very steep inclines as well as declines, so be careful! It was absolutely beautiful and a great workout.

Ashley Williams
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I took off to the left at the beginning split and took the short loop and I feel like it was pretty manageable. There were a couple of steeper inclines that made me pant pretty hard though. Lots of rocks so be careful you don’t misstep and the decline is pretty steep. Overall, a nice hike on a beautiful day.

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Sandra Simandle
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This is a really good trail. Will be really beautiful in a couple of weeks. Look at the elevation diagram. Go left on the trail and there are lots of hills and valleys all gradually increasing in elevation over the 3 miles. But if you go right at the trail marker, you will have a very steep short incline to the viewing area and then a very gradual decline in elevation. As seniors, we will hike the opposite direction next time! I'd rather a steep start with a place to rest at the top!

Lauren Mayfield
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Really enjoyed the trails and all the creeks.

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Ben Miller
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Great hike. Kids had a lot of fun.

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Tom Bergan
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What a joy of a trail! Definitely plan on 1.5-2 hours for this one. Beautiful views and thigh-burning ups and downs throughout, can’t recommend it enough!

Cameron Thompson
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First hike of the season - pretty consistent elevation gain and decrease. Fun hike, not super crowded. A little hard for beginners.

Brandy Mejia
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The gym is for sissies. If you want a workout, go here. Steep up and steep down it felt like the whole trail. Will definitely be back.

Ammar H.
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very nice challenge. clean trail. it can be hard for beginners.

Mickey Osthimer
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Jordan Rose
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