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hiking
1 day ago

Trail is well marked and the staff at the welcome center is very nice and helpful. I only completed a small loop on the south end today but, plan on coming back very soon to see the rest of the trail and connecting spurs.
Highly recommend this area for new hikers like myself.

Trail is shared with mountain bikers but still a great trail. Trail has a 6 mile section also. Large parking lot at the North welcome station. Welcome station has bathrooms attendants, gifts , etc.

Nice to have a waterfall view this close to the city, but it’s a short hike devoid of much other scenery. Trail quiets down once you pass the railroad trestle.

An easy hike and the waterfall was beautiful. The RV towards the beginning of the hike made me a little nervous. A little bit of trash around the waterfall, I picked up what I could so hopefully others could enjoy.

Crazy hard hills, but gorgeous area and a well preserved historical site. Biggest downside was that the trails were not well marked and I am unable to find a map of the site that detailed how all the trails tied together or where any of the other trails were.

All types of terrain!

Good easy hike.

So beautiful and pup friendly! Very steep beginning incline and obviously ending decline.

Beautiful rocky trail with vistas and some history leading to a gorgeous 3 tiered waterfall. We were lucky to visit after a rainy early spring. As we turned the last corner, the falls was roaring. Spectacular. In dry spells, it recedes to dribble. Still worthy of a trek, but not so spectacular.

My first trail hike in Kentucky (besides the underground Mamooth Caves visit). I hiked with a friend in March. It was nice, the landscape is beautiful but a bit monotonous. The trail is well maintained and plastic signs are nailed to some trees to keep you on the right path. There is a couple of long hilly ascents that will make you sweat a little bit. If you are interested in tree mushrooms there are plenty, and also lichens. Not particularly good for a picknik as there are virtually no spots where you could confortably sit but I guess the main idea is just to hike. There is a nice stream that was easy to crossed at the moment.

great trail

Love Ravens Run it is a moderate hard trails flowers are beautiful and I’ve saw deer.

muddy today!

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked the trail clockwise in December. I started at 10am and finished just at 1630 when the ranger was closing the gate. I brought my hiking backpack, and a couple liters of water. I had to run at times when the trail was flat, to make sure I maintained my pace to be done by 1630. The trail was in good shape, there are some decent views. Nothing spectacular. It is definitely one of the harder trails in the area and requires that you are physically fit.

Weather was great. Some parts of trail were almost to muddy to go through. Water in all the streams/creek was running, absolutely beautiful. A lot of people out today.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hiking for all skill levels even wheel chair accessible. Beautiful scenery waterfalls, springs, caves. You are walking on a paved trail between two knobs. In the description says no dogs, don't know why. Mine went with me.

Great trail for hiking. there are a few small water falls along the way.

this is beautiful trail with a few waterfalls. Easy to follow. Really enjoyed this one!

backpacking
2 months ago

Awesome trail !! Would be excellent if you could camp in some designated areas overnight so you can take tour time and enjoy everything this place has to offer. WILL hike again.

Enjoyed hiking the Nice trails
Well maintained
Variying degrees of elevation
Cold weather hiking cures Cabin fever

A fun and educational hike to the Church and Col. Duffield’s cabin that visitors can enter. Outstanding!

Outstanding trail to hike in the winter with nice views of the Ohio river.

hiking
2 months ago

I headed out Sunday morning about 7am. I wanted to hit the trail while it was still froze from the night before. As I got started from the north Welcome Center. Trails were snow covered from the last snow. For the most part the first half of the trail was great not to wet at all. It was a little slippery but not to bad. I ran into three other hikers enjoying breakfast down on the lake, I said hello then moved on. I got to the first road crossing and just before that the bridge was out so a short detour and I was back on the trail. I would soon learn that was to be the norm for the rest of the trail either no bridge or it was tore up and not useable. Followed the canal section and it was nice and dry, gave my feet a chance to dry/warm up. The second half on the Cumberland river side was boring at first then opened up to follow the river. It was nice hiking and saw some interesting things the rest of the hike. The first thing I saw that really interested me was a cemented in slough down to the river. It was quite a ways off the road so makes me think what was it used for and when was it built? The next few things looked to be bunkers or maybe root cellars made of block, again a ways off the road so wondered what they were back in the day. Shortly after those ended up back at the welcome center and packed up and headed home for game night with friends and the wife. I am headed down to the fort Henry Trails next in preparation for the North / South on the first weekend of Feb. See you on the trails!
Ken

backpacking
2 months ago

Excellent short Trail to do in the winter after a cold spell. When the waterfall would be frozen, also great in the fall for the wildflowers. But I do wish the individuals with spray paint would have an extremely bad year.

Nice quick trails for a short break from the city

This is not a moderated trail. Maybe if hiking, but certainly not if running. A lot of leaves are down right now in Jan so it makes foot placement difficult in avoiding the constant rocks on the trail. This run is great exercise so don't plan on running it for time.

Be on the lookout for rattlesnakes (we saw one right in the middle of the trail..see photos) and prepared for a massive number of ticks in the summer. Despite taking precautions of using bug spray and covering ourselves in tall socks, hat, and pants, we were covered in ticks!! No exaggeration a minimum of 50 each when we got finished and we had been picking them off along the whole trail! I even had tiny ticks under my compression socks! Yes they were ticks because they went to warm areas! My friend and I had to strip down in the parking lot. Otherwise it was a fun trail but I’m not sure I would do it again due to the tick plague!

trail running
3 months ago

Good place close to Lexington. Good technical places, good hill work outs. Can run for hours just take multiple trails, best time is weekday mornings at 9am. Any other time watch for a lot of hikers and walkers.

trail running
3 months ago

Good place close to Lexington. Good technical places, good hill work outs. Can run for hours just take multiple trails, best time is weekday mornings at 9am. Any other time watch for a lot of hikers and walkers.

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