Siltstone Trail

HARD 92 reviews

Siltstone Trail is a 12.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fairdale, Kentucky that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
12.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2847 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The Siltstone Trail traverses the knobs of southern Jefferson County, topping out on some of the areas highest points. The trail can be hiked from either end, and is an easy shuttle if you have a hiking buddy with wheels. Otherwise, it's an out and back hike. It doesn't take long to get warmed up on this hike. After strolling past Tom Wallace Lake, you're faced with a 300' climb from the trailhead. Once you've made the climb, the hike is mostly a ridge line hike. But this doesn't mean there's no more climbing. The trail drops down to cross 2 paved roads, with steep climbs down and up at each intersection. With over 3,000' of total climbing, this trail keeps the thighs burning and the heart pumping. Since nearly the entire hike is through heavily wooded areas, this is a great hike in the fall and when the leaves are off in the winter and early spring. Deer and wild turkey (feathered not bottled) are commonly seen along the way.

hiking
5 hours ago

I completed this trail this weekend. The hike in was easy going for me. The hike back to the car was tough, but was exactly the challenge that I was looking for. As others have commented, there was a lot of trash, but it was mostly in the first 2 miles from the Welcome Center.

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
15 days ago

challenging and beautiful

hiking
15 days ago

Lightly traveled, well maintained, beautiful scenery!

hiking
25 days ago

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29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Has a nice trek on this trial and combined it with Scott's loop for a little over 16 miles for a full day of hiking. It was a great training hike, just the challenge I needed for future longer hikes.

The tree cover was helpful but at 86 degrees it turned this trial from hard to brutal at some points. My pack weight was 29lbs with 94oz of water but I was thankful for the trail angel that place a gallon at the turn around of Siltstone.

Beautiful overlooks, lake view, a variety of wildlife, combination of forest and ridge line prairie, this is a true treasure for the people living in the area. Treat it that way and don't leave your trash on the trail. I packed out as much as I could but had to leave some behind.

2 months ago

Trail has nice cover while hiking in the middle of summer months. You will get a good work out if completing the entire round trip. Disappointed in the hikers/runners that feel it is alright to throw their trash on the ground.

trail running
2 months ago

The best trail running in Jefferson County. It's a beast of a trail if you aren't prepared, but so much fun. Like other folks say, have a car parked at Scott's Gap unless you want to do the whole thing twice (which I'll be doing soon). The hills aren't entirely runnable but unlike Scotts Gap you do have some space for recovery between the big climbs and fast descents. I would suggest taking it easy on the first hill lest you burn all your juice up in the first mile or so.

2 months ago

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trail running
2 months ago

Nice little shaded trail that's good for July running. However it's more of a trail that's better for distance than pace, since there are some parts that force you to stop and walk.

trail running
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with some great climbs. Spot on at 2,850 ft of elevation gain. Lots of cover from the sun, made for a beautiful morning run. Ran the full out and back 13 in 2h30m, but she'll crush you! Lots of hikers but they all were very nice and moved off the trail for passing.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

trail running
3 months ago

I ran this last week. It took me a bit over 2 hours and 15 min, but make no mistake, this is a HIKING trail. From the welcome center to the turn around post, just past the power lines at Scott's Gap Rd, is 6.7 miles for 13.4 total mileage. This is not for an average runner or hiker to go out on a whim and try. Know your limits, share the trail

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