Best trails in London, Kentucky

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Looking for a great trail near London, Kentucky? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Cumberland Falls State Park or Pine Mountain State Resort Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Berea College Forest or Mill Creek Wildlife Management Area. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in London ranging from 1.4 to 11.4 miles and from 748 to 1,309 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in London, Kentucky
Top trails (16)
#1 - Van Hook Falls and Cane Creek Valley
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 43 m
Vanhook Falls is located in Daniel Boone National Forest, Laurel County, Kentucky. This Sheltowee Trace trek enters the primitive Cane Creek Wildlife Management Area, descending to beautiful Cane Creek with its large rock slabs perfect for picnicking or listening to the water flow. It then climbs north past Cane Creek to reach Van Hook Falls, which plummets into a sandstone cathedral. Along the way are rock formations, waterfalls, and sandstone bluffs, a truly beautiful parcel of the Bluegrass State. Outstanding Features: Van Hook Falls, rock slabs of Cane Creek, and other unnamed waterfalls. Park near the trailhead at the junction of KY-192 and KY-1193. The parking area is small, but not usually filled to capacity. Cross the road and hike north on Sheltowee Trace #100.Show more
#2 - Hawk Creek Valley Suspension Bridge Trail
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 54 m
Sheltowee Trace Section 24 Hawk Creek of the Sheltowee Trace begins at the junction of I-75 and KY 909 on London Ranger District. The trail turns south and follows dry sandy ridges along old county roads. The trail crosses private land in this area.The trail intersects Forest Service Road 4098 and 4095 before dropping into the Hawk Creek drainage. The creek is stocked with rainbow trout. A 100-foot suspension bridge crosses over Hawk Creek along the trail. Several waterfalls and overlooks occur in the area. The trail eventually winds its way up to KY 1956. Trail users must respect the rights of private landowners and stay on the trail.Unlicensed motorized vehicles are not allowed on public roads.Show more
#3 - Pine Island Double Falls
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 33 m
This is a short trail down to a beautiful waterfall. Beware, users have reported that the trail gets very narrow, muddy, and steep.Show more
#4 - Scuttlehole Overlook via 404A Trail
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 41 m
#5 - Pine Creek Falls Trail
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 1.0 mi • Est. 25 m
#6 - McHargue's Mill Trail
Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 51 m
McHargue's Mill Trail runs through Levi Jackson State Park. The trail is mostly gravel and blacktop which makes it more of a walking trail instead of a hiking trail. Their are a few inclines but the surface is rather smooth so it is easy and with some effort it is stroller friendly. There are two trail heads the southern one begins in the swimming pool parking lot, while the northern trail head begins on the back side of McHargue's Mill. The trail is rather entertaining as it travels past a campground, Tree Top Adventures, the Mountain Life Museum, Defeated Camp Burial Ground, and McHargue's Mill. Show more
#7 - Winding Stair Gap Trail
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 59 m
#8 - Sheltowee Trace: Section 24
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 13.1 mi • Est. 6 h 29 m
#9 - Sugar Tree Hollow
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 46 m
Located in the Daniel Boone National Forest, Sugar Tree Hollow Trail is a loop that begins and ends at the Bald Rock Picnic Area. A spur trail (#407A) leads downhill for about a quarter-mile\before intersecting with Cane Creek Trail #410. The Sugar Tree Hollow Trail is ordinary, but beautiful. It descends into the forest paralleling and crossing several tributaries of Cane Creek before following the creek for a short distance. There aren't any significant cascades or waterfalls, but the waterways are tranquil. Short cliffs, boulders and other interesting rock formations are abundant. If you just want to take a short, relaxing stroll or give your young child a relatively safe introduction to the forest, Sugar Tree Hollow Trail is for you. Furthermore, the nearby Bald Rock Picnic Area offers a fun family outing, including a volleyball net, horseshoe pits, picnic tables and restrooms. It is moderately difficult due to a steady incline on your return trip.Show more
#10 - Boone Trace Trail
Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 22 m
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