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Shanty Hollow Lake Trail

MODERATE 71 reviews

Shanty Hollow Lake Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly 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.

1.3 miles
134 feet

dog friendly



nature trips

paddle sports

rock climbing

trail running


bird watching






wild flowers





washed out

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.

1 hour ago

I really enjoyed this trail. On my Fitbit it was 1.8 miles round trip. I would rate it moderate because it gets rocky and there are some slopes the closer you get to end. A beautiful waterfall awaits you at the end. If you like to fish, I suggest taking your pole also. It is very isolated and not many people around if you like solitude.

9 days ago

Fun trail to hike. The waterfall is small but the rock formation it falls out of is beautiful. Great for pictures. Easy quick hike. Only complaint is the trail isn’t marked very well. However, it’s still easy to follow because you can hear the waterfall.

16 days ago

Pretty area with a nice waterfall and pretty rock formations. It can be a little busy at the parking area to the falls, but if you don't mind no trails, you can hike the whole lake and won't see people. Hard to do close to Bowling Green. Definitely go.

1 month ago

Short and easy. Nice view of waterfall after a good rain.

2 months ago

Nice trail. Not difficult. If you want to see the waterfall in full force, be sure to go a day or so after a hard rain, otherwise the waterfall will be dry or almost dry. Waterproof shoes recommended.

3 months ago

Nice trail. During this time of the year the trail can be difficult to follow due to leaves being on the trail. Overall I would say the trail isn’t difficult.

4 months ago

nice trail. follow creek to falls. trail was covered with leaves and hard to follow at times but just follow creek to falls.

4 months ago

beautiful hike, loved the waterfalls.we did meet a lot of college students along the way but all were very nice and respectable acting just enjoying nature like the rest of us.

6 months ago

Was mosquito heaven, water was stagnant, other areas were dry.

6 months ago

It’s a nice trail, with a lot of side trails that you can distract yourself with. We had a difficult time finding the path at one point, but as long as you don’t mind meandering for a short while it won’t be an issue.

7 months ago

Even though the waterfall has dried up the hike was still very enjoyable...and pretty. Got lots of great shots!

11 months ago

Pros- serene setting, flora, rock formations, lake, waterfall
Cons- litter, unmaintained trail,
Overall- an enjoyable hike but the area/trail has untapped potential.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Shanty Hollow after several days of heavy rain leaves plenty of mud and two spots where ankle-deep water crossing is required, but there are many rock overhangs to dry out under and the waterfall is much more lively. Definitely take the time to follow some of the side paths for great views and interesting rock formations (some very light climbing is required in a few spots). One of the best short scenic hikes in the area.

Friday, February 02, 2018

I agree that Shanty Hollow is a beautiful trail. We've hiked it with the dog and kids. We've rappelled off of the cliffs and photographed most of it. Unfortunately, there are two things that detract from the enjoyment. We've been finding trash left--fishing supplies & related mostly. In pretty weather, the place is wall-to-wall college students. Many of them bring in nylon hammocks and hang out by the waterfall. That noted, the rocks and cliffs are beautiful. In heavy rains and in the winter, the waterfall is really pretty. There is even a small (really small) canyon just before the waterfall. I'll pick a date for the review, but we've been going there since 1987. Kentucky DFWR used to own it. Now, Western Kentucky University owns it. It isn't daily, but the WKU PD and WCSO do sometimes come out to see if everything is o.k.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fun afternoon but stay on the trail!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Nice hike, lots of rock formations and a small waterfall. Need to wear boots and some of the trail is challenging with rocks and trees. overall great experience.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

trail is not maintained but its still a nice hike.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Loved the trail but not appropriate for small children. Took a two year old and had to carry most of the way. Also, were shoes made for mud.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Nice easy hike to a small but beautiful waterfall. Short but sweet. Great place to take children.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The first third of the trail may be easy, but with the lack of maintenance and all the rain we've had the rest of the trail should be rated MODERATE DIFFICULTY.

We love it, though. Hiked it this weekend with my 10, 6, 4, and 2yos. It was priceless seeing how excited they were when we reached the falls - they knew they'd worked hard for a great reward.

Beautiful bluffs all along the trail, then the creek and waterfall. You can also see the lake from most of the trail.

Friday, April 14, 2017

My family really enjoyed this hike.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fun hike to the waterfall. Beautiful scenery. The footing around the rocks during some of the small elevation changes could be moderately difficult.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Great scenery, few obstacles, beautiful waterfall.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

This was our first trail, 4yr old and 6yr old and they handled it well...they wanted to climb all over everything. The water is beautiful, the trash we could do without. We did get a bit off the trail due to many side treks but wasn't terrible. Beautiful this time of year!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Nice waterfall at the end when it's been raining. We like trails that have a destination.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Kinda muddy. Well worn path. Several areas of rock overhangs used for "camping" by some locals.
The lake is nice with little amount of traffic.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Love this place! It is beautiful. It is a natural playground.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Good little hike. I hike it at about 4 mph a couple times a month. It would be nice if the trail was better marked, until you've walked it a couple times it's easy to get off on popular offshoots. Leaves are awful right now, very hard to get steady footing on the rocks.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Didn't catch any fish so decided to hike. The hike was nice but the trash was gross. I always carry a bag to carry out trash, this was the most I've ever had to pick up. Mostly at the beginning. Obviously a hangout for slobby people.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wish the path was better marked but loved the waterfall!

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