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Dawson Springs, Kentucky Map

awesome fun family friendly trail

3 months ago

Son and I hiked a section between no outlet road south to Clifty shores rd, approx 6 miles loved it. only problem was at between 8 and 7 mile marker there was a 4 wheeler trail in there and a lot of litter,( pack it in then pack it out, Right?) no trail markers on the section where 4 wheelers were. all in all good hike. Ky. is definately not a place to hike in warm weather ,due to bugs.

5 months ago

Did CANE TRAIL 1.3 mile hike beside LAKE TRAIL behind lodge. Add lake trail 1.8 extra miles moderately difficult combined trails equals really good workout. Moderately steep ascent 2 or 3 times Nice forest hike!!

7 months ago

Love this trail, gorgeous views for this area.

Started from the Lodge on the Indian Bluffs Trail then continued on the PNT. Hiked 5 miles in and 5 miles back out. Very nice. No ticks or spiders this early in the year but I would not hike it in the summer. I saw Pileated Woodpeckers an Eastern Towhee and several wildflowers.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Did this years ago, was okay

Monday, August 21, 2017

Poorly maintained. Several stretches of thicket loaded with thorns impossible to go around. Over 200 spider webs obstructing first half of path alone. Although wearing insect repellent above ankles, had several hundred seed ticks (no exaggeration) beneath socks that spread rapidly before realized what they were.
Definitely worst hiking experience. Have hiked parts of AT with nothing like this.

Monday, October 24, 2016

We went this past Sunday did about 6 miles of trail the entire family had a great time and had some nice views

Sunday, September 11, 2016

I would not recommend going in the summer. We got covered in ticks from top to bottom. The trail is right next to a golf course. I didn't like it much

Saturday, June 06, 2015

To do as there-and-back trail it would be 27 miles. Great, long hike. Would NOT recommend going in the summer because ticks are awful! Just went today and probably picked off total of 40 ticks for two people- even after using bug spray. Def a strenuous trail- not anything too difficult, just lots of ups&downs. We started at the trail head in Dawson springs, right before the bridge (you will park by a canoe rental place). Walk over bridge and trail veers off road and into the Forrest in about .4 miles. Portions were VERY thick, but trail marked well just have to pay attention. The park office said this would be best trail head to use because hikers weren't able to find trail head near resort due to it being so overgrown. Not a trail if you don't like fighting through bushes/overgrowth.. Would recommend for late fall, winter, and early spring.

Monday, March 30, 2015

This trail is not the hardest trail in KY and it's not the prettiest, but doing any portion of the Pennyrile Nature Trail (PNT) is pretty strenuous and satisfyinlgy pretty. Let's start with the basics. No equestirans and not ATV's. That's a plus. Trail is mostly single track on compacted soil with very little two track and abandoned roads. Rocky sections are rare. This trail got a bad rap a few years ago for haveing lots of uncleared windfall and got hammered with the ice storm more recently than that, but all that has been fixed. Trail blazes aplenty an it is well signed. Three trail heads, one north, one south and one in the middle. 13.5 miles for length is spot on. Not too many places to camp with level ground, but they can be found. Some pretty ravines, hardwood forests and bluffs on the south end. This trail has many ups and downs that will wear you out. Plenty of lake views when leaves allow for long views. In short, a hard trail with enough scenic views to make it worth your while and a whole lot of miles if you do the whole thing. Food nearby at both ends of the trail! Leave no trace.

Monday, December 22, 2014

The lake trail (loop, just over 2 miles) features views of the sandy beach, lake, outcroppings) as of 12-2014 is not passable at the far end of the lake (bridge damaged and in deep water).

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Lake Trail is only a 2.5 mile loop. Pretty easy. If you want longer, do the Pennyrile Nature Trail which is 31.1 miles headed N. Trail runners beware, lots of ankle twisters but fine for experienced runners. I turned around about 2 miles in after crossing the 2nd hardball bec I was fighting sticker bushes at that point.

on Pennyrile Forest Trail

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Very scenic area. The loop around the lake is very hard and hilly. Lots of trees and shade so is a good walk on sunny days. Black top road into the Pennyrile lodge and the dinning is very good the times I visited. Trails are well marked and kept clean. Saw a ground hog squirrels and lots of birds on my visits. Lake is alway very scenic and worth the trip to see and walk. Might be too hard for small children and people not in good shape. Can be fished any time of the year. Lake is very clear all the time. In the fall the leaves are very pretty and makes very good pictures with the lake.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Trails were good but poorly marked except at the trail heads. other than that everything was good

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