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

3.3 miles
639 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers



2 months ago

I love this trail. As others have said, it will keep the heart rate up. It’s a clean trail with beautiful wildflowers and we’ve seen plenty of deer and other wildlife. Personally, I prefer to get the sharp ascent out of the way first, so that would be counter-clockwise on the loop.

3 months ago

Scott's Gap section is the most under appreciated section of JMF. This trail has been one of my favorites for years.

4 months ago

When you come to the first fork. take a left. If you right you instantly go up a long steep incline right off the bat. The trail is a series of steep inclines and declines. It was 89 (feels like 92) degrees out when I went and it was to hot and humid. Probably would not be near as tough if it was cooler.

4 months ago

Great hike! Probably one of my favorites of JMF

5 months ago

Easy going trail. Lush green forest and the creeks were all flowing. I just wish it was longer!

7 months ago

The only reason this trail is not rated hard is that it is not rocky. This little 3.3 is a beast from beginning to end. It is probably my favorite of all the trails in JMF. It will have you feeling like you walked 6 miles, but wish you were doing 6 more. I like to hike it from off the Siltstone (Bearcamp Rd. Trailhead) which adds a few extra miles and you can lollipop it. Great hike, beautiful views and and a lot of up and down.

7 months ago

Great workout and wildlife.

7 months ago

Hike was strenuous, great workout. Almost entirely up/down.

10 months ago

Great workout, ups and downs.

11 months ago

Few accents that will kick some tail. Elevation changes were just what I needed to get the heart pumping. Trail mileage felt much longer than listed.

trail running
11 months ago

The trail is off to the right of the parking lot towards the wooden board with trail info, markers start after a brief wooded section. This is a pretty tough trail to run, especially with a leashed dog due to the elevation changes and narrowness. I wish the trail had been marked better, I had the feeling it didn’t get much use. The ridge sections were nice, I just found the trail hard to follow under the fallen leaves. I prefer Siltstone or Coral Ridge.

11 months ago

Beautiful trail. A little more strenuous than it's moderate rating but definitely enjoyable. Will certainly be back.

Anyone know the story behind the old car in the back section of the loop?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

This trail hits you hard right away, first couple hundred yards are straight uphill. After that nice trek through the woods. A lot of wildlife, bunch of deer and a couple turkeys. It's different than the other trails in the area, at times felt more like a game trail than hiking. which was quite enjoyable for me. Pretty narrow trails, challenging in spots, overall nice. Will go back.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Very strenuous. Nice hike. Views would be better after leaves have fallen.

Monday, September 25, 2017

moderate my ass, strenuous is more like it. Not for a beginner or like me out of shape. but when we got back to the felt great! look i did that!

Monday, September 18, 2017

I like that this trail is not heavily trafficked and that it's a great workout. I usually only see deer and no people.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

I combined this trail and the Siltstone for a training hike and found it to be a good challenge. Quiet with some nice views. The only issue I had was I did not find it as well marked as some of the comments say. There were not any other off shooting trails so, I just followed the path. This app is not accurate to the trail so maybe using one of the downloaded trails would work if this was a concern. If you go on a hot day, bring plenty of fluids. This little trail is a challenge!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Definitely deserves the moderate rating, it's very up and down. Nice and quite, only saw 1 other person and had a marvelous encounter with one of the local deer.

trail running
Friday, August 11, 2017

A beautiful trail, but too hard to be fun running, at least for me. Going counter-clockwise starts with a brutal climb, but then the trail....barely ever gives you a break. All uphill and downhill. I'll surely do it again as it is pretty, but it is beyond the capacity of most folks to "run" I feel.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

My favorite trail in JMF. I enjoy the views along the ridge line going in early spring; later in the spring and early summer, views are obstructed by the tree leaves. Trail is difficult enough to be interesting (constant ups and downs) but not too difficult. The few times I've been out, I've seen only two people.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Very hilly, pretty hike through the woods. Almost 3.5 miles if you don't take the shortcut. If you go counterclockwise on the loop, you'll begin with a steep climb to the top of a knob and be rewarded with a nice view. The rest of the trail goes along the top of a ridge before descending to cross a few mostly dry creek beds before looping back to the beginning. It's a surprisingly challenging 3 miles with few flat spots - definitely deserves a "moderate" rating.

Saw 3 people over 2 hours on a Saturday in June - not a crowded trail.

Also saw two snakes, lots of frogs, a chipmunk and a lizard or two, plus the usual squirrels and birds.

FYI - no ATT cell service in the area as of June 2017.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Beautiful trail. For most of the trail (unless you take the shortcut) you're going up or down hill. Very few flats spots. Also, I recommend following someone's recorded trail vs following the default one. It's not accurate at all. Even still, it would be hard to get lost. It's marked well (with red paint) and doesn't split off hardly at all. I will definitely do this one again. Happy hiking!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Don't do the shortcut, almost all the best parts are in the back

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Good trail. Clearly marked. Love that it's a Loop and you don't have to back track. Lots of ups and downs makes for some good exercise.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

This is a great trail. Maintained very well. No spider webs and fallen trees have been cut through to keep the trail open. I ran most of it but hiked up and down the inclines and declines which are steep and still provides more than enough effort to keep my heart rate up.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Best trail I've been to so far, some decent hills to walk but nothing outrageous. Even with leaves covering the trail it is still easy to navigate.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Hiked this trail this morning. It's a well marked and well maintained trail with lots of variety. The narrow trail follows some ridge lines with decent views and drops down into some valleys that include a number of creek crossings, though things were pretty dry today. I saw a few wild flowers and a doe and her fawn, heard a few frogs splash in the water before I could spot them, and cleared all the spiderwebs for those who head there this afternoon. Heading counterclockwise, there is an old car in the creek around mile 2. Overall it was a great hike and would probably be a good challenge for trail running as well. There is also a shortcut that cuts the distance from 3.3 miles to 1.3 miles.

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