Explore the most popular trails near Bowling Green with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Fun trail to hike. The waterfall is small but the rock formation it falls out of is beautiful. Great for pictures. Easy quick hike. Only complaint is the trail isn’t marked very well. However, it’s still easy to follow because you can hear the waterfall.

16 days ago

The scooter path i want but will never have

Pretty area with a nice waterfall and pretty rock formations. It can be a little busy at the parking area to the falls, but if you don't mind no trails, you can hike the whole lake and won't see people. Hard to do close to Bowling Green. Definitely go.

There are too few nature trails in Bowling green, but this is still a great trail, by most standards. It is extremely busy most days, but it is a cool Karst area. The "Canyon was once a cave where the roof collapsed. Besides being busy, it is pretty noisy as well due to people and traffic.

1 month ago

Short and easy. Nice view of waterfall after a good rain.

A fun place with many interesting events. Trail was rather busy even though it was off-season on a coolish cloudy day. We enjoyed a short hike in the woods.

Nice trail. Not difficult. If you want to see the waterfall in full force, be sure to go a day or so after a hard rain, otherwise the waterfall will be dry or almost dry. Waterproof shoes recommended.

Nice trail. During this time of the year the trail can be difficult to follow due to leaves being on the trail. Overall I would say the trail isn’t difficult.

nice trail. follow creek to falls. trail was covered with leaves and hard to follow at times but just follow creek to falls.

beautiful hike, loved the waterfalls.we did meet a lot of college students along the way but all were very nice and respectable acting just enjoying nature like the rest of us.

very easy hike. beautiful area

Was mosquito heaven, water was stagnant, other areas were dry.

It’s a nice trail, with a lot of side trails that you can distract yourself with. We had a difficult time finding the path at one point, but as long as you don’t mind meandering for a short while it won’t be an issue.

7 months ago

Simple relaxing little walking paths that connects to a beautiful little picnic table area with a great view of the river and the rushing water.

Beautiful trail, well marked and family friendly!

Even though the waterfall has dried up the hike was still very enjoyable...and pretty. Got lots of great shots!

on Low Hollow

8 months ago

Nice and easy hike with a very clean path. Good for kids. Great easy 2 miler.

8 months ago


Great easy trail. We went with our Cub Scout pack. A nice trail in the shade with ample opportunities to see wildlife.

10 months ago

Great trail for an afternoon walk close to town.

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10 months ago

Nicely groomed wooded trail. Bikes travel the opposite direction so you always see them coming. No public restrooms is the only downside. Overall great experience and always friendly people.

nice easy short trail. several blue holes and a small waterfall. also walked along the greenways trail on top to extend the short walk.

Pros- serene setting, flora, rock formations, lake, waterfall
Cons- litter, unmaintained trail,
Overall- an enjoyable hike but the area/trail has untapped potential.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Very pleasant with several blue holes and a spring. On weekday mornings this time of year I usually have the place to myself.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Short, flat and moderately trafficked. Good for an afternoon hike. A few nice views by the river, but not especially scenic. A few mud bogs even on a dry day.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Shanty Hollow after several days of heavy rain leaves plenty of mud and two spots where ankle-deep water crossing is required, but there are many rock overhangs to dry out under and the waterfall is much more lively. Definitely take the time to follow some of the side paths for great views and interesting rock formations (some very light climbing is required in a few spots). One of the best short scenic hikes in the area.

Monday, February 12, 2018

A simple trail for when you need a break after classes or work. You can also see the beginning of a river system inside of a cave!

Friday, February 02, 2018

I agree that Shanty Hollow is a beautiful trail. We've hiked it with the dog and kids. We've rappelled off of the cliffs and photographed most of it. Unfortunately, there are two things that detract from the enjoyment. We've been finding trash left--fishing supplies & related mostly. In pretty weather, the place is wall-to-wall college students. Many of them bring in nylon hammocks and hang out by the waterfall. That noted, the rocks and cliffs are beautiful. In heavy rains and in the winter, the waterfall is really pretty. There is even a small (really small) canyon just before the waterfall. I'll pick a date for the review, but we've been going there since 1987. Kentucky DFWR used to own it. Now, Western Kentucky University owns it. It isn't daily, but the WKU PD and WCSO do sometimes come out to see if everything is o.k.

Friday, January 05, 2018

We chose this trail because it was a short one as it was very cold out with a wind advisory. I was very impressed with the trails and the park. Even though it's small I loved it and after hiking decided to take the cave tour. It was very much worth the time and money. Great way to spend the day. Good place to take younger children as well as the trails are easy.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

I'm a Hilltopper, and having a flat trail to walk was incredible. The area by the river feels like such a hidden gem. Well-maintained, easy to navigate.

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