Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

7 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
13 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
1 day 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
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.

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.

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.

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.

8 days ago

Amazing view at the top. Not many people around either

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.

10 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
10 days ago

Great time

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.

Beautiful trail, well worth the time and effort. I found the trail to be rather easy.

FYI: The trail begins by traveling down hill until you reach Chain Rock, and the it is almost all uphill getting back to the parking lot. There is approximately 100 steps (wood and rock) throughout the trail.

CONS: No public restrooms or water fountains, so come prepared.

hiking
11 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!

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.

Beautiful trail and easy to access being right off the highway. Runs right along a creek and wraps around some nice rock formations too. Short trail that’s got plenty to offer.

hiking
12 days ago

Enjoyed this hike. Lots of beauty walking along the creek, waterfalls around and fun things to look at and enjoy. Not a hard hike - a bit of a climb at times but not bad.

12 days ago

Dog and I did 9-10 miles on the trail plus Sheltowee 100. Yesterday was sunny, 50s and beautiful. relatively dry aside from wet mud near water sources. Trail is wonderfully maintained. Thanks to all the volunteers yesterday who were keeping it so awesome.

Beautiful overlooks. Extremely muddy today. Hanson's Point is one of the best overlooks in the gorge.

Fun, easy trail. Good for finding animal prints.

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