Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Olive Hill with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

2 months ago

Beautiful, easy, great place for kids of all ages to play in the creek. A must see

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2 months ago

enjoyed this trail. beautiful and challenging

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3 months ago

Nice short trail. Wife and I did it in 20 mins while waiting on a cave tour to start. Definitely recommend if you have time to kill.

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3 months ago

Hiked the trail last weekend and it was great. Definitely recommend getting a permit for Horn Hollow Cave from the gift shop and checking it out, it's about the half way point on the back side of the trail.

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4 months ago

A nice trail to see Spring wildflowers on. Lots of mountain laurel in spots. A nice hike any time of year.

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4 months ago

We hiked this trail after a week of heavy rain, this made for some great pics. I would highly recommend this trail. There are a lot of up and downs with one steep climb towards the end. Trail is very well marked. We will definitely be doing this trail again in the spring.

Good trail. Lots of hills and rocks. Challenging but overly so.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

It's our favorite trail at Carter Caves. It's beautiful and a great work out!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Super easy and pretty

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Short, easy trail to a large natural bridge. Follow the white blazes. Starts at the Welcome Center, so makes a nice add-on if you come here to take a cave tour or hike one of the park's more substantial trails.

Super fun for my husband and I. We even brought our two dogs and explored the caves that you can get into without guides. Super wet but great time

Monday, May 29, 2017

Starts out across the parking lot from the visitor center building/gift shop, walk up the concrete steps and to the right, there will be a sign. The trail itself has quite a few ups and downs, we are fairly experienced hikers and feel this is morw moderate than easy. Several small caves and rock features with options to get permits for Horn Hollow and Laurel caves which are accessible along the trail. Fun, short hike that is fully shaded.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Great trail with lots of scenery and challenging terrain, well worth the 3 hour drive I made.

Completed this trail in the fall. It has a perfect blend of scenery and variety of terrain to keep it interesting throughout the duration of the trail.

I recommend hitting the trail early and bringing a lunch, and not rushing through this one. It is so much better to really appreciate the scenery on this one and take your time.

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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Another great hike at Carter Caves. Beautiful scenery. I really enjoyed Shangra La arch. It was a lot nicer than what I'd seen in pictures. A good half way spot to sit and rest for a bit. A nice peaceful hike.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Great hike. There are a few steeper climbs but still enjoyable. A lot of beautiful sights and sounds packed into a short trail.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Great trail and views

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

We took our kids and dog on this trail before we left for the day. There was alot to see and the kids had a great time. Would definitely recommend.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

One of the best hikes we've done! Stopped halfway to go explore in Horn Hollow Cave with our flashlights. Brings waterproof shoes if you're gonna explore the caves! But the trail itself is great, too. Will definitely be coming back. Easy for all ages.

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Thursday, September 01, 2016

Easy, short walk from welcome center down a paved path to a well defined trail. 40 minute round trip. As others have reported this natural bridge is like a tunnel. It does support a small paved road. Its was nice to visit and kill an hour of time waiting for X-Cave tour to start.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Nice loop trail that starts right next to the Carter Caves visitors center. There is a part where it gets really steep right after you pass the sign to return to the visitors center, but it's worth it. I did this by myself with my chocolate lab and we had a good time!

What a site to see three natural bridge's.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Very beautiful! My husband and I have done the 3 Bridges and 4Cs several times. On this hike my husband kept saying that this shorter hike was his favorite and the most beautiful on the park. Lots of beautiful views of cave openings, rock formations and rocky creeks. It has a steep climb back uphill from the direction we started but it's not too difficult. I am overweight and trying to get back in shape - I had to stop and catch my breath a few times on climb back up, but a family with 2 kids under 6 hiked in front of us and they did great! Highly recommended if you don't have time for a long hike or just want to do a short one with the kids.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Nice trail. Second half is the most scenic part. Hiking through creeks and seeing waterfalls.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Was a decent walk, paths not posted but at least it's out and away from the house.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

This trail is a great little trail to acclimate ones self with nature, hiking and the great outdoors.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

This trail captures the full essence of CC's.

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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Great trail. Lots of beautiful things to see along the way. Swing bridges, the lake, beautiful creeks, falls, and sandstone cliffs.

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Monday, February 01, 2016

I hiked this trail a few years back. It was obviously more of a horse trail. Nothing to really see. I will soon be hiking the other trails Carter Caves has to offer. Hope they're more appealing.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Did the trail about a month ago. 8.5 for the whole thing (marked there as 7.2 but most reviews also said 8.5). Beautiful trail, well marked, lots to see. Very nice campsite midway too. We only saw 4 people all day on the trail. Definitely want to do this again.

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