Explore the most popular birding trails near Mammoth Cave with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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walking
5 days ago

Come on now! If you don’t know the significance of this place gtfoh!!! If you’re into spelunking of course it is your Mecca! Pretty easy jaunt! Keep kids and pets in check though since it’s kind of a scared spot for some of us!

Not very challenging in terms of elevation but distance is a consideration. Well marked trail and good opportunity to see a lot of backcountry. We went in mid October and only saw two other people and there were no bugs at all.

The whole thing took us about 4.75hrs with a 30min break for lunch. Horses are not permitted on the two loops but mountain bikes are.

Park at Maple Springs Trailhead parking lot and catch the connecting trail from there.

Pretty trail! Be aware of some mosquitos near the water, but nothing some bug spray can't fix.

Awesome trail. Very beautiful scenery. Lots of wildlife. An outstanding 1 hour hike

Loved this hike! We cobbled together the Sunset Point, River Styx Spring, and Green River Bluff trails to create a good loop. This trail has some good inclines and great overlooks of Sunset Point, the River Styx Spring, and the Green River. Also took a short detour to Dixon Cave. Saw a few deer as well.

nice trail with beautiful views. Close to the visitor center

Fun trail. Offers different options of you want to take shortcuts. Very wooded hike (wear your bug spray). Fun addition to a Mammoth Cave tour.

My wife and I completed this trail in under 4.5 hours with a brief stop for a snack halfway through. The trail was very well-maintained and clearly marked. Apparently, this is a popular mountain biking trail, which is something to be aware of. We encountered four different riders, two of which gave warning so that we could get out of the way, but one came around a corner and seemed just as surprised to see us as we were him. No big deal, just be aware. There is tree coverage for probably 98% of the trail, so it felt about 10 degrees cooler on the trail than when we got back to the trailhead to leave. There were plenty of bugs(mostly gnats), but we barely noticed while we were walking. Saw a deer, a snake, and plenty of frogs. There are two reasons I gave the trail a 4/5. First, the trail offers plenty of visuals of woods and hills, but little else. Also, parts of the trail put you very near the main road, which can be noisy and ruins the illusion that you're out in the middle of nowhere. With little change in elevation, the distance is the only challenging part of the hike, but that is depending on your level of fitness. Overall, it was a good trail for a morning or afternoon hike. I would definitely recommend it.

Nice easy trail.

walking
3 months ago

Great trail for kids, the elderly and for handicapped people.

great views and so quite please, I love it, I will come back again for sure...!

this is the easy end of a moderate trail. I did the whole this with me, my dog and boyfriend. It was flat for the most part, very well marked and east to naviagte. Wasnt very busy saw only a few people. Be careful there are bikers on the trail. BEWARE! of many horse flies, i got bit twice by them. But over all the trail is awesome.

I'm a dog lover. Every time I take my dogs out for a walk, I see signs telling me to clean up after my dog. Whenever I go out for a hike or backpacking, I see signs that say leave no trace. Why is it when horses and riders use a hiking trail they have the privilege of leaving their droppings throughout the trail. The horses walk through a muddy area and obliterate the trail. This was a beautiful walk. The weather was great. Beautiful little falls about 1.5 miles in. It rained earlier in the day, but I spent more time stepping over piles over horse manure than dodging mud puddles.

hiking
3 months ago

We accessed this one from the Echo River trail. It's a connector trail and it's easy just like all the rest.

hiking
4 months ago

Very scenic, well marked and maintained. Not too strenuous. Challenging, but not intimidating. Did the Violet City Cave tour in the afternoon!!! Great Day!

hiking
5 months ago

Trail was in good condition. Several benches along the way if you need to rest, as well as overlooks with nicely constructed decks and walkways.

Trail in very good condition, trees provide ample shad and some nice views of the green river. Elevation changes pretty easy to manage.

There are many sections that are truly beautiful and tranquil, deer grazing right up next to the trails and many more spotted through the trees. Lots a nice wildlife spotted on the way to the Sal Hollow campsite and many more on the way back. There are down sides however, the horses have completed destroyed the trail in many sections. At least a solid mile of it is utterly unusable unless you were walking on the sloped sides of the trail due to the horses and mud buildup. Make sure you bring plenty of water with you, and if camping overnight be prepared for the wildlife. The campsite sits about a 1/4 mile away from the creek bed and there were many many coyotes howling nearby and some other unidentified very large animal grunting not too far away.

very pretty trail

After reading previous reviews I took two pairs of boots to keep the mud off my shins. I was also sure to carry water for both my dog and I. Trails still muddy even with a layer of leaf litter, but the changing leaves and the pure quiet of the woods were well worth the mudslinging. Wished I had started earlier bc sunset in November is around 4:30pm here - flashlight came in handy! Also wished that I had prepared for staying over night - the trail convergence after mile 3 makes you want to change plans! I was tempted to explore the 2 backcountry campsites, Turntable camp was 0.9 miles ahead, and Sal Hollow camp was 2.2 miles more. Buffalo Trail also crossed 1.5 miles ahead. Will have to explore when the days are longer! Over all, trails were well marked and were just difficult enough that you stayed focused on your steps. I completed the trail in 5 hours with plenty of breaks adjusting my pack and staring at lichens. You can easily extend your hike if you pack well.

hiking
Saturday, October 21, 2017

My husband and I took our pit bull and Bassett with us on this trip. It was a good hike, especially for dogs!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Great for anyone

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Easygoing

hiking
Sunday, September 24, 2017

Wasn't too difficult and had a beautiful overlook on the trail.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Great easy trail for the kids

hiking
Friday, September 08, 2017

Hiked this trail late May and it was absolutely beautiful! It was very well kept and was marked well. The loop has many places where you can cut the hike short and head to the visitor center. We did a 4.25 mile hike in the morning and caught a cave tour in the afternoon.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Easy backpacking trail. Made it a loop with Buffalo Creek Trail. Muddy and obviously used by horses but not too bad. stream was flooded and not flowing at the stream crossing but luckily there was a spot upstream that wasnt too deep to cross at. There are quite a few down trees to jumpover.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Short. Easy. Interesting read.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

I started at the trailhead near the picnic area and looped into the River Styx Trail. I was planning on looping into the Dixon Trail and back again for one big loop but my dog was getting tired! The trail itself is really nice and easily manageable, lots of pretty scenery, and not too strenuous. I went later in the afternoon and it wasn't highly trafficked which I prefer. My dog thought it was awesome! Hope to complete the full loop between the three trails next time!

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