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Best trails in Salt Lick

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Looking for a great trail near Salt Lick, Kentucky? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, views trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Natural Bridge State Park or Carter Caves State Resort Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Pilot Knob State Nature Preserve or Red River Gorge Geological Area. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in Salt Lick ranging from 4.3 to 38.1 miles and from 738 to 1,381 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Salt Lick
Top trails (12)
#1 - Caney Creek Loop Trail
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 4 h 4 m
Loop trail the follows Cave Run Lake before turning inward and connecting into the Sheltowee Trace trail. Following the Sheltowee Trace will return you back to your starting point at Stoney Cove. Caney Run starts at the Stoney Cove Recreation Area. This path curves and winds along the shores of Cave Run Lake, offering extensive lake views before it turns up the Caney Creek embayment, where more views await. From here, it rejoins the Sheltowee Trace and winds over low hills that stand between quiet creeks and returns to Stoney Cove.Show more
#2 - Tater Knob Fire Tower
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 17 m
Note: The fire tower has been closed since 2008 from a fire.Show more
#3 - Sheltowee Trace NRT Cave Run to RRG
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 38.1 mi • Est. Multi-day
This is the second of three sections in the Cumberland District on the Sheltowee Trace Trail starting from Cave Run Lake and ending at the suspension bridge in the Red River Gorge. Show more
#4 - Buckskin Trail
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
Follows the shoreline of Cave Run Lake, the Buckskin Trail provides a route between Zilpo Recreation Area and the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, connecting with the interior loops of trails within the Pioneer Weapons Wildlife Management Area. Trailhead parking near Zilpo Campground.Show more
#5 - Zilpo Campground
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 47 m
#6 - Sheltowee Trace: Clear Creek to 1274
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 15.9 mi • Est. 8 h 6 m
As of May 2020, going south from Clear Creek Road toward 1274, the trail is inaccessible because of a landslide.Show more
#7 - Sheltowee: Clear Creek
Salt Lick, Kentucky
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 7 m
#8 - Furnace Arch
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 31 m
Note: Trail may be CLOSED due to a previous landslide that is still being cleared. This have an alternate route marked that starts just down the road from the original trailhead at the picnic area.Show more
#9 - Furnace Arch and Carrington Rock Overlook
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 5 h 8 m
#10 - Boat Gunnel Shoreline Trail
Salt Lick, Kentucky
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 36 m
The Shoreline Trail is an easy out and back trail that follows the lake from Scotts creek marina to what used to be Boat Gunnel picnic area. This trail can be linked with the boat gunnel trail to make a loop. The trail is mostly blacktop but it is old and unmaintained.Show more
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