Explore the most popular forest 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.

13 hours ago

Vanhook Falls trail along Pounder Branch is one of the most incredible and scenic trails in the state. This trail allows the hiker to see numerous waterfalls and walk a mostly level and easy to moderate trail. Vanhook Falls is a beautiful destination at around two and a half miles but beautiful cascades and waterfalls are abundant. I have taken this trip a half dozen times in the past couple of years and I never grow tired of the beauty. For a great display of water go in the winter or spring or after a good summer rain.

hiking
19 hours ago

We started in the lower parking lot so we ended up taking a very muddy and quite boggy trail until we reached the connection to Sheltowee trail. The first “parking” area is where the trail head is. I received my completion badge for this trail .4 miles before the waterfall appeared. It is a roaring waterfall during rainfall. We had full rain gear on and this short trail was a ton of fun with three creek crossings and many fallen trees.

hiking
1 day ago

Done a few days after a rain. Very muddy but also very beautiful. A lot of large, old trees. 2 of the biggest sycamores I have ever seen. Trail is also a horse trail so watch out for horses and their poop. Saw a few woodpeckers. Will go back in spring.

hiking
2 days ago

Park closes at dark

couple on small waterfalls rock formations along the way to the suspension bridge .well marked trail

Sadly we went after it had rained so we didnt get to finish the entire trail do to flooding but what we did was beautiful. Going back to finish soon!

great trail very well marked

hiking
4 days ago

If you like arches this is a must see!

hiking
4 days ago

Just done the loop portion of the trail. Falls was amazing as always! Didn’t go to arch as I have other destinations in store for the day.

camping
4 days ago

Hi, could anyone be able to tell me if there is dispersed camping sites on the bark camp creek along the forrest road 193 within 2 miles of the trailhead also is there good fishing in the area thanks, Doug

hiking
muddy
4 days ago

Very slippery and muddy. Bailed out half way through and went back on the paved road. On a better day it would’ve been really nice.

Aka the Tom Dorman nature preserve
Depending on the way you enter the trail, your hike experience will vary. I would reccomend entering on the side opposite of the information maps.

Very well kept even during the winter. Trails are well marked with maps posted along the way. For the most part the trail terrain is not that challenging

Well-kept paved trail perfect for exercising. Deliberate plantings and varied topography make for a great place to forget the city. Lots of people use the trail, but it's plenty wide and not an issue.

hiking
6 days ago

*THIS IS AN UNMARKED UNOFFICIAL TRAIL* don’t get worried if the stream is dry as it runs under ground for a little over half the hike. Could be complicated with kids and after rainfall but this gem is worth the hassle.

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.

of all the trails in the indian fort theater area, this one is by far the most challenging.

As of January 8, 2019, this trail along with tunnel ridge, Indian creek and rock bridge are all closed until further notice. We came to visit for the weekend and the road was blocked.

Nice trail and well marked.

hiking
7 days ago

Wow. Nice little creek. Trail was scenic and peaceful. Guess I am immune to interstate traffic.

on Bark Camp Trail

hiking
8 days ago

First off this trail was above awesome! We found a camera mount base piece on the way back and left it on the trail sign post at trailhead. My wife and I stopped at the TH per AllTrails app directions and at first thought it was not there…. Trust me it is where the All Trails app says it is. The TH sign is in need of repair (it needs a sign on the post!!!) but the TH is on the N side of the road and culvert with a yellow trout fishing sign posted to it. We hiked beyond the turnaround point at the fairly new wooden bridge and we hiked 7.8 miles round trip. Now we do wander and explore quite a bit on a trail! From where we actually turned back (at the mouth of Bark Camp Creek and the Cumberland) it was 3.4 miles, no detours. It took us about 6 hours, but we took our time and lots of pictures, you will too!! The trail is pretty easy for us, but we hike a lot, mostly in hilly terrain. This trail is jammed full of picturesque sights from waterfalls right off the start to amazing rock formations and rock shelters. It links up with the Sheltowee Trail at a fairly new wooden bridge at about 3 mile mark. You will cheat yourself if you don’t continue on to the massive cascading waterfalls within a few hundred yards of the mouth of this creek. Along the way there are at least two significant water falls coming off bluffs that you can walk behind!!The trail was a little tricky on the start with ice since it was about 28 degrees, but this allowed several pictures of ice formations. Parts of the trail were a little squishy once the ice thawed and the springs opened up. The hills we climbed were not that steep and quit short in climbing, remember you are following a creek to its mouth. There were two camp sites and a huge swimming hole along the trail. We only saw three other hikers today, but it was 28 degrees and on a Friday morning. Even if you hike in warmer weather you will remain cool with the thick canopy along the trail. It had not experienced a significant rain in over a week.
We are definitely returning with our daughter ASAP and plan on camping next time. Nearby are Van Hook falls trail if you want to hike another short trail while here. You will have no cell reception here, so let someone know what your plans are and have a great hike….This is one of our favorite trails in KY thus far…..Not too long. Not too much elevation change and full of OH WOW sights….

mountain biking
8 days 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.

hiking
10 days ago

Did this Sunday after it rained on Friday. Every waterfall was running great, the Cascades was running so fast the roar was almost deafening! Excellent time! It was very muddy, I recommend trek poles when this wet. Got tricky in a few spots, just take your time and it's all good. There is a pine tree down across the trail at one point. You can walk up and around it with no problem. For being January everything was so green and made it feel like early spring, kinda felt like I was in Wonderland, lol.

I started out early, hit the trail about 9:30am. Ran into a couple of guys on their way out that had camped over nite. Didn't run into anyone else until I was headed back out around 12:30 and it was getting busy, passed 7 more groups on way out.

Highly recommend this trial. I clocked the trail at 5.5 miles round-trip, but I did add some from the Cascades up the flood route to see if you could look down at the Cascades, no you can't see them.

Amazing view of the waterfall and the hike there was amazing too. Loved how you could go up and down the water fall as you pleased. Was a bit muddy but all in all was an amazing adventure.

very well marked. Even a 5k and 10k route mapped out for runners. The weather started to get bad while I was there and they informed everyone that the storm was coming. Cant wait to see the rest of the park on my next visit.

11 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

Great time

11 days ago

Lovely, simple trail. Easy access. Nice small waterfalls after decent rains. Pretty muddy & slick when we went.

This trail is amazing. I’d give it a 10 star rating if I could. Not a long hike but there’s so much to take in that you can easily spend half your day here. It’s got everything you want from the outdoors. Overlooks, nice rock formations, running water and streams, and if timed right a pretty nice waterfall right off the trail. This is a must for anyone using this app.

hiking
12 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!

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