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Yellowbank Wildlife Management Area Trail

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Union Star, Kentucky

Yellowbank Wildlife Management Area Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Union Star, Kentucky that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 334 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wildlife

Blowdown

Over grown

Rocky

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Quiet woods and open fields full of wildlife. Located along the Ohio River, 60 highway miles west of Louisville, the states Yellowbank Wildlife Management Area offers 6,000 acres of bottomlands and ridges covered by a combination of hardwood forest, open fields, and ponds. You can count on seeing lots of songbirds, including warblers, and most likely wild turkeys, quail, and doves. In the bottomlands, if you dont see frogs, you will certainly hear them. Whats nice about this spot is that the sounds of nature are the only thing you hear. Yellowbank definitely qualifies as remote.

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Recordings (9)
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Jeremy Reece
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chris poobers
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Molly Fulton
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HikingBugsOver grown

Trail was in beautiful wooded forest area with ponds and views of steep drop offs with caves. So terrain was interesting and viewed and heard plenty of wildlife... toads, frogs, birds. However, the trail was extremely overgrown and hard to follow. We relied heavily on our phone to track ourselves and make sure we were following trail. The trail did have markers along it that did help. Was also nice that we did not see anyone on trail- it is definitely remote. Be sure to check yourself for ticks when finished. Not an easy trail. Would rate moderate or difficult.

Sarah Edwards
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HikingMuddyOver grown

I’m a little partial because this is close to home but I love it here. Beautiful waterfall right now because of all the rain. It’s a little overgrown and took a min to find the trail signs but nothing too bad.

Nicole Rempfer
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HikingFlooded

Flooded out today, there are a few good geocaches nearby though!

Nakita Gavre
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Tiffany Garrett
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Robert Newton
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Great place. Once you get into the woods it's nice! Trail is marked well!! Can't hear any road traffic and saw no other hikers. Just turkey and turtles. I will be back!

Steve Ray
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This was a fun hike. My wife and I was unsure about this place when we arrived. The information station looked unkept, and the trail started off as a walk through an overgrown field. After about a quarter mile walk, and a lovely view of some chicken houses, you'll make your way around a lake and into the woods. The most strenuous part of the trail is the very beginning once you enter the woods. After you cross the open field, and enter back into the woods, there will be some very small bluffs to the right. They gradually get steeper until you get to the point where the trail takes a hard left. This will be the best view of the entire trail. We made our way down to the bottom of what looks to be about a 40' drop off, with a cave that runs 100's of feet. This made the hike well worth it. I might have given this trail four stars if the entrance wasn't so neglected. It looks as if their maintenance budget has run dry.

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beautiful hike

Alison Bernero
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Great trail, some decent uphill portions, marked well, but there is a chicken farm not too far away and when we hiked here in January, the smell of chicken poop was overpowering for more than half the 2.4 mile hike- not sure if this is a year-round issue, but the stench was really terrible.

Jack Stewart
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Hiking

Incredible trails! Spent the whole day hiking/geocaching with my buddy Steve. The trails are challenging but not overly difficult. The only disappointment was the lack of wildlife we saw. No deer, no turkeys, nothing. Great trails, though!

Michael Durkovic
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Lucas Allen
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Donnie Sanders
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