Siltstone Trail

HARD 71 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.

12 days ago

Nice hike but tough. Make sure you have a car waiting if you're not making the six mile trek back to your car. Also warning if you're planning on calling a ride back to your car at the visitors center, be aware that If you end your hike at scotts gap there is absolutely no cell reception!!! So just tell them to meet you there in about 3 hours (one way).

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20 days ago

GO PREPARED
If not you will be sucking at life!!!

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2 months ago

Difficult trail, but worth the distance. I'll make sure to be better prepared next time around.

2 months ago

I was surprised by this trail. It's definitely challenging, but typically each climb comes with a downhill reprieve. Really enjoyed the hike, but being a one way trail make the logistics tough. It's a pretty tough trail to go up and back with. Have a car waiting!

2 months ago

Great local trail that is challenging and contains significant elevation change for this area.

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2 months ago

The best trail in Louisville that Ive found so far. It took me 3 days to do all of it because i kept parking and then having to backtrack to my car. Ive parked at the furthest point on Tom Wallace and hiked it to high knob twice now. This requires climbing 5 mountains lol, and almost 9 miles of hiking. Hopefully i will do the whole thing and back one day.

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3 months ago

We are not very experienced hikers so this was definitely work for us. We obviously didn't do the whole trail but we enjoyed the challenge!

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3 months ago

Nice hike and a decent challenge for experienced hikers. I would advise caution to new hikers as this trail is roughly 6.5 miles ONE WAY! You will need to traverse the same obstacles twice to make it back to the parking area and the start of the trail. There are a few parking spaces within the first mile of the trail so you can park where ever is convenient. The area can get busy on the weekends especially in the summer. Overall pleasant hike with nice tree covered views of downtown louisville and a few open farm and factory areas (best viewing are when the leaves have fallen in fall or spring).

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4 months ago

The distance for the entire trail is 31.5 miles, round trip. There are no spectacular views, but it is a nice, well marked ridge-top trail. The trail was popular with trail runners and dog walkers, but we felt reasonably alone for most of our hike, Most of the people we saw were near the parking areas.
We intended this hike as a training and exercise hike, and the distance and elevation changes were ideal for this.

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