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great horse trail. bad foot trail.

Wonderful elevation changes. Fair amount of fallen branches in the winter.

Beautiful hike this time of year with leaves starting to change color and falling on the pathway. Hike was very peaceful, not crowded. Good mix of easy terrain and hills for refreshing exercise. I enjoyed the view of the lake through the trees!

hiking
4 months ago

It was wet and muddy, yet nice. challenging hike.

There was Horse poop, deep mud and to many spider webs ! An easy hike on gravel that I am not fond of especially when going down hill. I did enjoy the view of the lake.

super easy and short trail. less than an hour round trip. well maintained. went with my 2 year old and he walked most of the way. no spectacular scenery but perfect for a quick trip out of french lick.

hiking
8 months ago

Not what we expected. Very secluded at the end of a dead end road. The trail was very over grown in areas, very little scenery and some portions were in bad shape related to horses. The biggest issue we had is the area is badly invested with TICKS!. This is not a trail we will do againn. There are too many other beautiful trails. No area to sit either before or aftert the trail.

Nice trail. Easy but with a bit of steeper hill at each end of trail. Lots of various wild flowers/plants starting to come up. 4/17/18

trail running
10 months ago

Quite a bit of chewed up spots from horse traffic. And there were a few spots where I wasn’t sure if I was still on trail. But, all in all, I had a good time. I’ll be back.

hiking
10 months ago

backpacking
11 months ago

Would avoid. The hoof-prints make for a very muddy ordeal and the overgrowth are a breeding ground for chiggers, (pants are a must, my dog and I were infected). There are no designated backpacking sites along. Also the trail was covered in spider webs.

hiking
Sunday, January 28, 2018

A lot of fun. Definitely challenging if you are new to hiking or (and) out of shape. I liked how clear the trail was. The lake was very pretty, looking forward to hiking this route again in the spring and fall for more foliage.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Trail is clear and wide. Took advantage of a warm January day after melting snow and rain. Some spots were a little chewed up from horse traffic, but overall a good trail. Few water crossings, but not too deep and decent hills and views. Will definitely do it again.

hiking
Tuesday, January 02, 2018

A hilly walk in the woods. The trail is in pretty rough shape this time of year with frozen hoofprints from horses. No bridges, but fairly easy to do the 2 water crossings.

hiking
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Great trail and lots of history here.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Easy but beautiful- accessible for families. We went "off path" and the creek kept us entertained for an afternoon.

backpacking
Monday, August 14, 2017

Trail was mostly gravel, I like the more backcountry trails. Once you hit the lake trail and going counter clockwise, I had to traverse the creek, which while shallow, was far. Bummer. The other creek crossings were dry or dry enough to easily pass. At the dam, the lake view is beautiful, but there's only 1 real campsite - which you can reach via car (38.482765,-86.568347 camping spot, 38.482519,-86.569353 parking lot). There was someone posted up there by early afternoon who drove to the site. I was hammock camping so that was fine for me, but if you weren't, there wasn't much flat area to spread out other than the 1 spot.

It's marked as moderately traveled, but on a mid August Saturday and Sunday with a high of 80 low of 60, I only saw 1 other person on the trail, and he was on a horse.

I would do this one again, but definitely recommend a hammock.

hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Well marked and maintained. Lotsa spider webs on trail when we went, but that's just nature at work. We did just the loop starting from the boat ramp. Beautiful day!

backpacking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Treeline obscures view of the lake for 95% of the trail. Lots of small gravel in the trail but rain can cause some areas to flood. More than enough hills to get your heart racing, but nothing that will wipe you out. Might be a bit much for beginners. Very limited backcountry camping options, best bet is to bring a hammock.

Very short trail. The scenery is not extraordinary. There are some very old trees with extremely large trunks here. Just to add some history, an archaeological dig was conducted here close to 10+ years ago. I don't remember what kinds of artifacts were found though.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

This is by no means primarily a bike trail, in fact I would rate this has a horse only trail 100%... I did get a great workout, the hills are plenty, but there is no fun, or excitement to be had!!! I did not enjoy this trail on a bike, but I won't rate it badly, I can see on a horse this would be a great ride... however on a bike avoid this trail, if you're in the area I suggest Buffalo Trace trail at French Lick

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Took the trail from hwy 150 to hwy 37s with a 9 year old and husband packing the 4 month old!

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Nice short trail. Good for kids and dogs.

on Youngs Creek Trail

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Moderate to hard for foot travel. Trails were pretty muddy due to horses. Somewhat sketchy camping area. Condom wrappers lying about...

hiking
Saturday, April 01, 2017

Great hike! I try to do this one frequently as it's close to home.

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nice Hike. Trail well maintained. Started at Sr 37 parking lot and walked to US 150 parking lot and back.

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

parked at south county road 250 East and hiked east end. Walked up to Robert's and Thomas Cemetery very cool.

hiking
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Very Nice trail. Few muddy parts but most of trail had some gravel. Lots of hills. Started at trail head and went clockwise and did outer loop in little over 4 hours, 11 plus miles.

backpacking
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

This trail is approximately 10 miles, if you start at the trailhead and hike around the lake. You only get to the 12+ miles by hiking the trail across the road from the trailhead. Since we were hiking with four kids, ages 2-11, we parked at the boat ramp and made the loop, for a total of right around 8 miles. We hiked counter-clockwise.

There is an established campground with about 10 sites near the boat ramp. No running water, but fire rings, picnic tables and a clean outhouse are provided. As we walked from the outhouse trailhead, we soon came to a picnic area with hitching posts and wound around to the dam. The dam is easily accessed from the road, up a long staircase. As such, it appears to be the site of partying and graffiti adorns the rocks there. Once we crossed the dam, it felt more remote.

Camping: We only encountered one informal established campsite. It was located on the lakeshore at the west end of the Buffalo Trace, where the trace runs into the water. On the map, this is where the trail takes a 90 degree turn to the northeast, directly across from the boat ramp. The site wasn’t exactly level, but not bad, and had a makeshift fire ring and logs to sit on. If you start at the trailhead, the main campground would be at the halfway point. We found a level spot off the trail to set up camp.

Water: There were plenty of opportunities for water. There was ample water to filter at each of the places that the map shows a water crossing, even though there had been little precipitation in the weeks before our trip. We also encountered several springs and smaller water sources suitable for filtering.

We met several horses/riders along the trail, as well as some day hikers. Everyone was friendly. We saw some backpackers taking a shortcut to the campground. The next day we saw the other end of that trail, as it shoots off from near the lakeshore before the trail turned away for the lake for the last time at the north end of the lake.

There were no breathtaking sights on the trail, but some remnants of days gone by, before the area was dammed and flooded. The Buffalo Trace was also an interesting site. Hills were moderate. The trail was well maintained and had only a couple of freshly fallen trees across it.

trail running
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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