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

walking
6 days ago

A reasonably well-kept walking trail. Paved in good condition, a nice place to walk or run in the city. Went on a wet winter day, some pooled water across paths.

10 days ago

I nice secluded area compared to all the other places to walk nearby. Dogs allowed on the trails but not walking through the cemetery. Also the gates close at 5:30pm!! So don’t get locked in

hiking
11 days ago

I would definitely recommend skipping the loop and just going down the right side of the trail along the river and then going back the same way. The trail basically completely disappears along the top and there's tons of downed trees. If someone hadn't put some orange ties on a few trees we would have never known where to turn right to go to Eagle's Nest. The trail also kind of disappears at the bottom of the gorge near the river so if you don't come from that way it's difficult to find where to go to head back. Outside of that the trail was beautiful!

Fun, easy trail. Good for finding animal prints.

Great outing for the family (kids ages 6 - 14). Pretty waterfall with knee deep pool for kids to play in.

walking
12 days ago

Lovely. Paved, shaded and level. This would be perfect for a nice run or have the kids out with their bikes. Trail is lined by gentle moving water with historic bridges. Absolutely beautiful. There’s a shallow cave towards the end. Really enjoyed this one.

awesome fun family friendly trail

Took three kids (ages 14 - 6) and a dog to East Pinnacle. Moderate hike due to elevation change, but not tactically challenging. Nice views at the top. Moderate traffic on a Saturday afternoon. Would definitely go again.

hiking
13 days ago

Easy hike and absolutely beautiful!

Hard to get to. Easy hike.

Pretty easy trail very beautiful

I live near the area so I've done this hike a few times. I usually go on a weekday and take my dog, not a lot of traffic but I'd suspect in the summer on a weekend, it could be crowded. Lots of scenery along the way, perfect for a quick hike to get out and enjoy the scenery.

Although this is a very popular hike, it was one of my least favorites. Lots of traffic on the trail and aside from the uphill trek at the start, it was fairly easy. If you haven't been to higher elevations with better views, you may enjoy this trip. There are a couple spots with pretty views.

One of my favorite unmarked trails. It can be hard and confusing. Would recommend you know exactly where to go. Take a GPS. Easy to get lost. If the rivers up parts of the trail could be covered. Use caution.

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful arch with a waterfall. Went a off-trail, making it a more moderate than the easy rating given by AllTrails. Lots of downed trees and slippery spots. Regardless, of the route you take, the arch and waterfall are neat to see.

Was there a few years ago.Great climb. Going again this year. Does anyone know the height ?

Great views along the trail on both sides as it traverses along the ridge. It is a popular trail and dog friendly so it was quite busy on our hike. It was a bit muddy in shaded vales which made the rocks there slippery but it really wasn’t an issue. Our two dogs didn’t even finish the hike muddy. Being December 30 it was unusually warm at nearly 60°. All in all it was a very pleasant hike. I recommend it and will likely hike it again someday.

This was a fun hike with incredible views! It’s my favorite hike in the Gorge! Once you get to Court House Rock, you can take Double Arch trail, which I highly recommend. You’ll hike through forest and alongside a river. Once you make it up to Double Arch, there is an amazing view!

Beautiful waterfall and scenery!

hiking
21 days ago

Great short and easy walk. Our two dogs thoroughly enjoyed the trail too. The arch represents its name well. It’s pretty small, as arches go, but worth the short trek. There’s a memorial marker at the trailhead for a hiker who was killed in a fall here so exercise caution. The trail is well marked and seemingly trafficked a good bit. The washed out section of road (from previous reviews) is no longer an issue. The Forest Service has apparently fixed it. We didn’t encounter one.
We were here between Christmas and New Year’s so there was little or no foliage but it was still beautiful.
There is a parking lot and pit toilets at the trailhead. Rest room was closed due to a government shut down though.

hiking
23 days ago

The trail is hard and ok but not worth of driving 2 hours for it. Great for local people. Views are average and nothing to write home about. My GPS showed a bit more than 13 miles.

Beautiful trail, just almost magical in the early morning. Another favorite!!! Highly recommend

hiking
23 days ago

We really enjoyed this trail. Lots of cool things to see, including a old silo, lots of mushrooms, unique shaped trees and a creek bed that you hike along for a good bit. I didn’t really find this trail too difficult. Couple of steep hills to climb (no matter which way you choose at the fork). Rocks and tree roots along most of the trail. To find the trailhead you follow the signs to the fire tower, it a one way loop road and the trailhead/parking is on the left. It shares with a few other trails. You’ll hike down a road just a bit and see the actual sign for this hike on the left! We clocked around 6 miles through my Apple Watch but did venture off trail a little bit! A great hike and one I would recommend!

One day they will fix the back of the trail, but great trail otherwise! I added a photo of some Hematite we found on the trail.

Great hike! I only wish we had more time to explore the area around the falls, but it was getting dark and it was tricky to hike in the dark. The dirt road getting to the trail head had a lot of pot holes and the trailhead was a little difficult to find. Park at pull off and walk into 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 area. Lake is beautiful. Lost the trail at one point but was able to find it again easily enough after half an hour or so. Not well marked but again, easy enough to figure it out. Be sure to walk out onto "The Point" for an amazing view of the lake and a great spot to have lunch.

25 days ago

Still being repaired from storm damage but a great trail with a beautiful view.

hiking
1 month 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.

Gorgeous hike. Decently hard, but well maintained and so many pretty views. Dog friendly as well.

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