Wildcat Trail Loop is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pine Ridge, Kentucky that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
The Wildcat Loop begins at the eastern terminus of the Rough Trail. The trail descends into Sons Branch while passing large stands of rhododendron and hemlock trees. At the intersection with Swift Camp Creek, hikers can cross the creek to find large camping areas. After about a mile hiking up Sift Camp, Don Juans Garden presents a majestic grove of hemlocks along an impressive cliff known as Wildcat Wall. After returning to the ridge on trail #228, the Wildcat Trail, hikers can find abundant lady slippers in spring.
This is a great trail to use if one wants to make it easier, (for old ones like me), from the South Rough Trail Head area to Rock Bridge. Mostly downhill. Only 82' drop in elevation. No creeks on this trail but some nice rock formations when nearing Swift Camp Creek Trail. I think all the pictures posted here of the creek or creeks must be from Swift Camp Creek Trail and not Wildcat Trail. Once Wildcat ends at Swift Camp Creek, (1.8 miles from the Wildcat Trail Trail head), the fun begins.
Great trail for beginners! Took wife and sisters on trail for an overnight and had a wonderful hike it was challenging but not overbearing
This trail has been badly affected by the huge storms that blew through in July 2015, and there were many downed trees that made it difficult to get through as of July 28. However, once all the trees are cleared I can see it being a great, easy trail with only moderate elevation change to get to a beautiful campsite on Swift Camp Creek, about a five minute walk to the north from where Wildcat tees into the Swift Camp Creek trail.