Shanty Hollow Lake Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bowling Green, 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 October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length1.3 miElevation gain134 ftRoute typeLoop
FishingHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingDog friendlyForestLakeRiverViewsWaterfallwild-flowersWildlifeBugsMuddyRockyWashed out
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A great trail for native KY plants. After rainfall, the trail can become quite muddy and occasionally flooded in parts. The trail is not very well maintained, but this isn't hard to overcome. You may come across the occasional fallen tree or overgrown bush. Usually very peaceful with little traffic.

Parking lot.

From Bowling Green: Go North on KY 185. Turn right on Anna Sand Hill Rd (KY 1037). Turn left onto Lake Rd (KY 1037). Keep right to stay on Lake Rd (KY 1037). Turn right onto Shanty Hollow Rd (KY 1592). Keep right and follow the road to the end. The trailhead is located at the upper parking lot.

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Mark Wit
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trail was nice and wide for about half the way to the falls/cove area, then you can kind of pick your own path the rest of the way. nice scenery though

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julie lane
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Stacey Grogg
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Nathaniel Wilson
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leslie gatrost
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Andrew Crowson
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Short but so much to see.

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leslie gatrost
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Paul Buhrmester
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Muhamed Hasanovic
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Stephanie Cornwell
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It was a relatively easy trail. A bit sludgy in places but nothing unexpected. Highly recommend for a family hike.

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Paul Buhrmester
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Ciera Sky
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Beautiful as always. This trail impresses even in the winter. A lot packed into such a short walk. Lots of good spots to climb around. Picked up 3 bags worth of trash while I was out there. My only complaint with this trail is the litter and graffiti.

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Nathaniel Wilson
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Cold. Wishing people wouldn't liter.

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Rachel Jo Creech
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This trail is a hidden gem! No one was on the trail while we were there so it was perfect! It has some beautiful rock formations, a nice waterfall and beautiful nature views! It does get pretty steep and rocky near the falls so be cautious but we managed with my baby strapped to me and our 5 year old.

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Trevor Webb
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Ciera Sky
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Beautiful nature that’s unfortunately frequented by trashy people who leave behind litter and graffiti. Still a lovely short hike. Next time I’ll bring a trash bag.

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Seth Barbour
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Jenn Sand
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What a GREAT hike! We went off the beaten path to the creek and loved it. After climbing to the bottom of the waterfall we climbed up the rocks to the top to look down. BEAUTIFUL rock formations, creek, and trees. Would go back again for sure!!

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Glenna Spikberg
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Very good trail, loved the huge rock formations and by the lake, lots of rocks on the trail built doable!

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Aaron Abram
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Some markers would be helpful as we took a wrong trail and split the loop. Not much water due to no recent rain but beautiful nonetheless.

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trista Sturgeon
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Bill Macy
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Incredible rock formations and overhangs on the way to the waterfall at the end of the trail. The waterfall was a trickle today but would be incredible after a heavy rainfall. This is definitely a hidden gem in this part of the state.

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Mark Bodden
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Buffy Cole
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A fun trail with huge rock formations, flowers, and lake side views. Word of caution...when the trail splits the first time, you'll go up a small, steep hill. It looks like it splits again, but keep left there. I went right once at the split but it didn't take me to the waterfall. After that, the trails run parallel. The waterfall is beautiful but light flowing on drier days. Beware of snakes. Shanty Hollow lake is known for many snakes by the locals. We didn't see any on the trail but if you tread close to the water, take caution.

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