Explore the most popular lake 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.

not much to see and trail isn't marked. the lake is pretty but I could see those views without walking the trail. I didnt have a bad time which is why I didn't give it a 1 star but I won't do it again.

mountain biking
10 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.

I really enjoy this trail for a short outdoor hike with the family. I've gone with my 1.5 year old and although we pretty much made it to the lake and back (not around) she walked at least half of it. Then returned with the whole family 6 ,7 and 2 years old. The kids loved seeing the fish and frogs. We ran into about 3 other couples. Marked well, plenty of benches along the way, husband did get poison ivy on this walk though.

hiking
15 days ago

Great quick outing for families.

awesome fun family friendly trail

I started out at the lodge (there's a connector trail from there). This trail will show you most of what Carter Caves SP has to offer. Rock bridges, waterfalls, rock formations, lakeside paths, suspension bridges, streams etc. It's all beautiful and will not disappoint. It rained the night before so things were pretty muddy. This trail is on the hard side of moderate; many stream crossings and a decent amount of rock hopping. I wouldn't take small kiddos out on it. Elevation-wise however, it's not bad. There's a tough crossing at the dam when the water's high so be careful. I have a photo of it on my recording. Total length was about 9 miles and you'll want to give yourself at least 6 hours to complete it. A fantastic all day hike if you take in the sights.

walking
16 days ago

Nice interconnecting trails. Loved all the elevated “swinging” bridges. Dogs loved it, we will be back!

hiking
17 days ago

Good short morning or afternoon hike. Many interesting rock formations along the way with the rock bridges at the top of the list. Trail is well maintained and easy to follow. As one of the signs along the way says, it's "Fairly Flat" but there's definitely enough ups and downs to get your heart pumping. Trailhead is across the road from the welcome center (next to the "Saltpeter Cave" entrance).

walking
20 days ago

Did this in the fall. Nice way to spend sometime in the afternoon.

good walking trail...hard to find the starting point ...trail was maked well and even for December the view was great ...some stairs and hills but for the most part this was a very easy trail

Really good trail...horse riding trail so quite muddy ...but not anything hard to walk around...also trail is not marked well so def GPS ...

Well marked, but it could use some maintenance. There were several trees down on the trail.

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.

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.

28 days ago

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

Great running trail!

Very enjoyable

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Hike here weekly. Just enough to get the heart rate up and enjoy being out.

nice walk

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Would suggest doing it clockwise in order to hit the best bridge last.

mountain biking
1 month ago

My friend and I take our kids here alot for the fact it's close to home. We've done variations of the trail and it's always been fun. Very good for my 8yo and his 16yo, so it's a good learning trail but also has some fun spots for us.

Easy hike through the camp site. You can sure check out the campsites to boat into.

One of the best hikes you’ll ever take. we did about seven miles one day and 6 miles the next.

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.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
2 months ago

This was my first trail hike in the LBL. I've taken my kids and grandkids a few times and always enjoy it very much

hiking
2 months ago

I've done this trail twice (so far). LOVE IT!!

one of the most beautiful I've hiked

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