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Moderate trail but nothing too crazy. Well marked and easy to navigate. Not a single piece of garbage.

rough neighborhood, not a lot of traffic. today was kinda muddy, and didnt have much time, so didn't go too far. ill be back to check out the lake loop though. I imagine that the summer could be pretty gross down here.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice hike to get the blood flowing! I imagine the views of the lake will be really nice when the leaves come in.

The trails are a little scattered and not marked well, so there are some fits an starts, but it does get the mileage up!

Trail is awesome. It is clear of debris and can be traveled straight through. One thigh-high log that has to be crossed but not an issue.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great trail to hone various biking skills for beginners and experts alike. Trail length totals around 3 miles and has nice flow as well as a few berms and a shallow creek crossing. Recently added (1/19) section adds another .75 miles and weaves through a close knit evergreen forest. Good long climb followed by a brisk downhill through some tight trees. This is my go to trail when I want a quick good ride and easy to make laps to really tally up the miles. Trail is accessible as per the above map or from the town square just across the railroad tracks. Entering this way adds a good climb up a washout as well as additional forest riding. An out and back from the town square is roughly five miles.

The trail itself was awesome. However, there were a lot of downed limbs across the path that required re-routing.

hiking
3 months ago

The best part of this trail is the fill ridge that surrounds the dam. This presents a neat view of the lake of water that accumulates here.

The trail is not clearly marked and may sometimes split into other places along the way. My thought is that this probably occurred as a result of varying lake water levels throughout the year. It could also be a little muddy. There is no parking that we could see so we parked at the nearby business.

Overall, this was a solid two mile hike.

They have cleared up the deadfall mentioned in the earlier reviews. The route was a bit harder than moderate, lots of steep hills. It was well marked and easy to follow for the most part. It is fall, the leaves are on the ground and slippery.

The many chest and waist high downed trees on the path made it hard to travel for me and my dog (who I keep on leash the whole time) to travel. It also appeared to have no recent T
travers because the amount of spiders and webs over the trail were excessive. I ended up turning around before the loop because a combination of the downed trees and spiders. spiders everywhere... in my hair, down my shirt, and between the lens of my glasses & my eye was when I gave up. Maybe I would try again in late fall/winter if the path was cleared.

Talk about a hidden gem. Hidden being the accurate word, gem being less so. This trail is easy to find, but not often sought as we seemed to be the only ones who had used it in a while. It was sometimes little more than a wildlife path with a few downed trees creating opportunities for creative navigation. Trust Dann, don’t start on this trail without a many branched tree limb in hand to banish spiderwebs from the path. Glad we did it, not sure it’ll be a repeat.

Great trail and well maintained! Beautiful views of the lake

This is a nice place to go if you value some privacy in your run, as it is much less busy than Freeman Lake. I agree with the other reviews that there is a disappointing amount of trash around the lake and could use more signs. Otherwise it's a nice place.

hiking
8 months ago

This trai in some maintence several down logs that you either have to walk around or crawl over and the trail was narrow at times. Besides that is was mostly in the shade and on a hot day it was over all a very nice walk.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Slippery muddy mess...but given all the rain it wasn’t totally unexpected. Decent hike gets really flat and boring up top. The sound of interstate and smell of nearby garbage dump was not great. I wouldn’t go back.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

nice trail. it could use some signs

I have driven past this park thousands of time from the parkway and I never noticed the trail head until a few months ago. I hiked the whole Trail in about 2 hours on a cooler sunny summer day(high of 70). I couldn't see anything at the vista Lookout because of the overgrowth of trees. I would like to return in the winter to see what I can see. Overall I love the trail, the perfect amount of up-and-down for me.

hiking
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Awesome. This was a short hike to see what is there. We will be back!

trail running
Monday, May 29, 2017

Pretty steep terrain, several thorns sharing the path. I ran the main loop twice, trying it in both directions. It gets slippery in the valley. I would think this would be hard to bike, but I'm not a skilled mountain biker. I found the steep terrain difficult to run down or up, but I welcomed the challenge because my normal run is very flat. I didn't see much wildlife but I was pretty loud trying to jump over and dance around thorns. It's an easy drive from etown and likely Bardstown, but I enjoyed it and will be back.

Monday, March 20, 2017

This is my go to trail when I don't have the time to drive to go hiking. Nice little trail that loops around the lake. Lake is very shallow but good for fishing. Sad thing is there's quite a bit of trash, mainly on shore, trail is pretty clean though. Fairly easy trail, some moderately steep parts. Creek is my favorite part.

I love this trail great views, lots of wildlife, and old growth timbers. I go here during the colder months because of snakes.

Loved this hike! Definitely a moderate hike when you do the entire loop.

Nice hill climb, not to steep. Trail needs maintaining as trees have fallen over primary trail.

Great place to get away from the world as I and my two furry companions were the only ones on the trail this day.

It was a very nice hike. It had rained the previous night. The trail was very muddy and many of the small streams were difficult to cross. The trail is in bad shape. There are many fallen trees across the trail, debris wash outs, and over grown.

It was not an easy hike all the way around. There were steep climbs. Our trail was rained on so a bit slippery in some areas. Also, lots of ticks to pull off of yourselves, so carry your deet. Overall, it was a wonderful hike, but not for smaller children. Would do it again.

Great trail for early spring. I can see where it would easily get overgrown. Bring a walking stick to pushing back the brambles (we left a couple at the entrance).

It could be better marked. Nice area though.

This is one of my favorite trails ever.Especially in the winter. A lot of wildlife and wonderful view from the pinnacle.

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