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28 days ago

We really enjoyed this trail. Lots of cool things to see, including a old silo, lots of mushrooms, unique shaped trees and a creek bed that you hike along for a good bit. I didn’t really find this trail too difficult. Couple of steep hills to climb (no matter which way you choose at the fork). Rocks and tree roots along most of the trail. To find the trailhead you follow the signs to the fire tower, it a one way loop road and the trailhead/parking is on the left. It shares with a few other trails. You’ll hike down a road just a bit and see the actual sign for this hike on the left! We clocked around 6 miles through my Apple Watch but did venture off trail a little bit! A great hike and one I would recommend!

If you get lost on this trail you need to stay indoors. Very well marked. Two good uphill sections.

Easy and relaxing trail.

Good trail.

This is a mostly gravel pathway the entire way. There is one or two short steep sections one of which has wooden beams to create stairs. This is a short path and it suitable for children of any age.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a short trail, but with plenty of trees and dirt pathways. It is close to several of the roads in Bernheim so you can hear and see cars at times when they pass. I did see several butterflies while on this trail around some of the dead trees. I love taking my 3 year old on this trail. It’s not too long for him to start complaining, but it’s in the woods enough to feel like a hike.

Pretty walk on a nice day. Good place to stretch your legs between hikes. Fire tower is cool but not much else to see.

hiking
5 months ago

The trail is rated as difficult, but I thought it was easy. It wasn't difficult what so ever.

We saw mushrooms, wild berries, toads, caterpillars.

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked this trail a few weeks ago. My recommendation would be when you get to the fork in the trail go right which would be counter clockwise. I went left and encountered the part of the trail where you have to hike straight up the hill. It was a workout but a really nice trail. Plan to do it again.

You will definitely get a good workout! Nice areas by the creek to relax. Lots of ticks found on our dogs after though so beware!

I took my 9 year old son and we both agree on 3 star rating. It’s a typical hike in Bernheim Forest. Well maintained trail. Trail passes a pond and a silo from mid 1800s residence. Trail also passes a creek you cross. A nice couple hours alone with your child and no video game. Location is easy to get to.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy to moderate trail. 3-4 hilly areas but not too bad. Old Silo on the trail. Overall a nice trail for a morning hike.

hiking
8 months ago

My favorite trail at Bernheim. The majority of it is pretty easy going but the hills will kick your butt, making this an enjoyable hike as well as a workout. Plenty of spots to sit on a rock or downed tree for a rest or snack as well as frequent access to the creek so bring a filter and you won't have to haul a bunch of water. Technically dogs need to be leashed but this is a good trail to bend that rule---no blind corners so you have plenty of time to see fellow hikers coming and leash your pup. Keep your eyes up and you might see a flying wild turkey!

All types of terrain!

My first trail hike in Kentucky (besides the underground Mamooth Caves visit). I hiked with a friend in March. It was nice, the landscape is beautiful but a bit monotonous. The trail is well maintained and plastic signs are nailed to some trees to keep you on the right path. There is a couple of long hilly ascents that will make you sweat a little bit. If you are interested in tree mushrooms there are plenty, and also lichens. Not particularly good for a picknik as there are virtually no spots where you could confortably sit but I guess the main idea is just to hike. There is a nice stream that was easy to crossed at the moment.

Great hike for kids. Short and easy. The tire tower is interesting too.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Really nice short hike. For the most part, I would rate it as easy, but there are two hills (when traveling clockwise) that are not for the faint of heart of asthmatic. If you’re looking for a breathtaking view, this trail might not be for you, but if you’re just looking for an interesting enough hike (especially if you want to take dogs off leash!) this is a great one.

Nice walk

hiking
Saturday, October 21, 2017

This is not so much a review as a correction to an inaccuracy. According to the Bernheim website, dogs are permitted in all outdoor areas of the park, except on guided public or moonlight hikes. Only service animals are permitted indoors.

Monday, September 04, 2017

The trail is short, but the view from top of the tower is really nice.

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