Alpine Loop Trail

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Alpine Loop Trail is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Burnside, Kentucky that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from April until November.

Distance: 1.1 miles Elevation Gain: 160 feet Route Type: Loop

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walking

cave

forest

views

wildlife

over grown

Alpine Loop Trail #520 is located in Pulaski County on Stearns District of the Daniel Boone National Forest. The trail leaves from The Alpine Picnic Area, which is right off US 27. The trail traverses a dirt pathway to the northwest before intersecting a dirt road. There the trail turns more westerly down the old roadway to the old railroad grade. The trail then meanders along the old railroad grade southeast for .25 miles to Forest Road #5088, where it turns northeast along the road back, returning to the beginning of the trail. Alpine Spur Trail #520A is a short 1/4 mile trail and an easy walk for most, with a variety of things to see and hear. The trail begins off of Alpine Loop Trail #520 and continues around the hilltop to the old road, where it will take you back to the Alpine Picnic Area.

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muddy
12 days ago

I liked this trail. Nice easy loop. But going up to the Old Alpine Graveyard made the hike. Also it had rained heavy for two days so some of the trail was muddy and flooded. But overall a nice trail. With a couple small caves and tunnels and small waterfalls to check out.

hiking
4 months ago

a few down trees but overall a good hike. I could see why this trail may get lower ratings during the warm months but luckily we had no troubles with high weeds. came across a couple cool rock formations and checked out the alpine cemetery (had to go off trail to see.) a couple hills but nothing strenuous.

hiking
4 months ago

Tree tops blocking the path and trail not open year round. Great hiking experience other than the aggravation.

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closed
muddy
over grown
6 months ago

This was a terrible trail. We had the hardest time finding/staying on the trail. It was overgrown and part of it was closed so we had to backtrack instead of loop it.

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muddy
7 months ago

A pleasant walk, still wet and muddy in the low areas.

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blowdown
bugs
muddy
over grown
8 months ago

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bugs
muddy
washed out
10 months ago

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10 months ago

Nice easy trail cool side trails very easy!

Wed Oct 17 2018

What a perfect trail for families with kids or older adults! Plenty of rocky spots and mini caves for our preteens to climb while waiting for the little ones to catch up. Lots of areas with gently flowing water, so pack a change of shoes for everyone. We found unusual mushrooms and cool small creatures.

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Tue Sep 11 2018

There are some really interesting spots on this trail. There are some overgrown spots. Be prepared for ticks and spiders!

Wed Feb 21 2018

Got all the way there to find out that it is indeed not accessible year round. Went 2/21/18 and the gates were closed.

hiking
Mon Oct 02 2017

There is a lot to see on this short loop. Features include old mine shafts, caves, a pond, and a cemetery. The beginning of the trail is a bit overgrown but it gets better as you get close to the old logging road. There were traces of bears on the trail and that is something that you may want to be aware of. The trail is well marked and easy to hike.

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4 months ago

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9 months ago

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9 months ago

Fri Jul 20 2018