Explore the most popular Paddle Sports 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.

Close to the road so you do get road noise, it loops around and you do get a nice 2-mile hike, I started at the 1st parking lot and walked down to the trailhead. Cross a couple of creeks, you can add to the hike by walking part way around the lake. Since it’s winter the foliage is thin but I saw bluebirds and startled 4 deer.

hiking
muddy
22 days ago

Couple puddles here and there but nothing you can’t go around. Good peaceful trail. Great for trail running

We did this trail expecting a longer walk. The trail is very flat and has some nice waterfalls and cascades along the way. Had to stop because there was no way to cross the large creek. Very well marked. Intersects with trail 5 which leads up to the lodge. Lots of options on this trail. Good for beginners since it so flat.

hiking
flooded
2 months ago

Good trail in the middle of the city. This is a great escape from the traffic and winter shopping frenzies. The trail is easily accessible for many ages. The only downfall, there was major flooding when we went that blocked off the path. We managed though and finished the loop!

Easy trail with beautiful views of the river. We took the dogs and they did just fine with the terrain. This would be a fine trail to take small children on.

easy trail but very muddy.

Rut caused by mountain bikes makes walking a little difficult on what would otherwise be a nice, pleasant, flat hike with a pretty river view.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Ya gotta love when the leaves start to change into all the Red’s, yellows, and oranges... I AM GROOT...!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Love this trail. It's within walking distance of my house. It's lovely in the cooler months, not a lot of traffic during the week.

on Freeman Lake Trail

hiking
3 months ago

A nice walk if you cannot get out of the city arena. I enjoyed the lake views and the very clean well kept trail. Surrounded by residents, but that is clear from the map. I went on an October Monday, but I can imagine it gets busy on the weekends and in the summer. Nice option if you love close by.

Good urban hike that is close to home.

hiking
4 months ago

Went on a cool, crisp October morning and it was so beautiful walking around the lake. I’ve added pictures for reference. Trail is easy, partly paved, rocks and dirt. Sunny in some areas and shaded in others. It is a great mix! Well marked and no issues at all navigating.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Nice and cool out today . Easy and relaxing I AM GROOT ....!!!

I have paddled this a few times now and will continue to go back. excellent views everywhere and the hidden falls "grotto" is a must see!!

nice intermediate hike. took us 30 min moving at a brisk pace. the attendant said to make sure valuables are hidden as there have been a couple "smash and grabs" but good hike

hiking
4 months ago

Easy, fun, relaxing.

Wide dirt path near the stream, then leads onto a cement walkway for the other half of the trail. You don't need hiking shoes for this one! But it was a nice peaceful and enjoyable walk.

From stony cove to sheltowee and then back on gravel road. Good conditions.

Beautiful trail that walks along the creek. I went early and saw lots of deer, beautiful sunrise and lots of flowers! Part is paved and part is dirt. Well kept and easy. Mostly shaded.

hiking
5 months ago

Flat easy trail. Great for kids and animals.

hiking
5 months ago

Such an beautiful easy trail. I’m visiting my daughter whom moved here to Elizabethtown with her fiancé after graduation from University of Cincinnati. I met Howard on the trail. He’s a stroke survivor and a devoted Christian and a strong, kind human. Lived in E-Town his whole life. Thank you for talking to a mom and telling all about here and the history. Very kind people on the trail and I left inspired from everyone I encountered. Thanks E-Town!!!!! Trail is dog friendly too. ( thank you young couple for allowing me take a pic of your beautiful German Shepherd)

running
5 months ago

This trail is very well maintained, and the wooded section is beautiful. That being said, it might not suit someone who is looking for solitude/to commune with nature. It is fairly busy and not all of it is in the woods, but it is a great place for an easier run.

Not a bad trail, just a bit rocky.

mountain biking
5 months ago

nice quick ride

mountain biking
5 months ago

I am Groot ...

running
5 months ago

It’s a great run, although not well marked at certain parts as to where the official freeman lake trail is. Be prepared for some hills and have good trail running shoes as the gravel can be of the larger variety. When running the loop keep the lake in sight when you come to roads portion as again it’s not well marked at that point. Some of the views are really great especially the one from the top of the dam. Have a great run.

hiking
5 months ago

I’ve done this trail a dozen or so times. Half of the trail is wooded and reminds me of a widened nature preserve trail. But the other half of the trail is just through the park... There isn’t really a “trail” there to follow. You just walk through the park and pavilions along the lake. This is one of the easier trails you’ll encounter but that isn’t a bad thing. It’s just not the kind of trail you want to do if you’re looking for an immersive wilderness experience. It’s more of a relaxing Saturday stroll that ends up being about 5 miles.

mountain biking
5 months ago

crowded, gravel

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