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Nice lookout. Some graffiti on the trail, which is disappointing.

It is awesome

Great little two mile hike that has great views from the overlook and a section of the trail that hugs the cliffs and disappears into a rock shelter for a few feet. The only drawback is signage on the trail. If you hike in from the far entrance (graveled road), there is a turnoff that is not marked. For that reason, start on the entrance closest to KY 192. You will hike up an old logging road and pass several rock formations and a beautiful gorge with plenty of rhodo and hemlock in it to your right. The trail eventually turns to the right up into a drier forest of oak, holly and hemlock. This section could use a few markings, but it's fairly easy to see the trail, even in the deep fall leaves. Eventually this section comes to a T intersection with a fairly wide trail ( an old forest service road). To go on to the overlook and complete the short loop, turn right. To complete a much longer 6ish mile loop, turn left. The intersection is not marked and has not been marked for as long as i can remember. After making a right, keep straight for about a quarter of a mile to the overlook.

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11 months ago

Decided to hike this trail, thinking it was the trail to Van Hook Falls. Wrong. I was on the wrong side of the river! Anyways, I was about 2.5 Miles into the hike before realizing that information. So instead of turning around, I continued the trail through competition. The trail isn’t difficult until you turn left and head up the mountain. Then, I had to stop several times for a breath and a prayer! This is really only my second trail hike, and the first one was just two days ago! My complaint about this trail is that the markers need updated and the painted ones need fresh paint. There are a couple of spots totally not marked and had it not been for another couple on the trail, I would have gotten lost. It took me 3 hours of nearly continuous hiking to complete. I only stopped for a couple minutes at a time for a rest and then for some photos. The overlook was worth the effort and I would definitely hike this trail again.

Friday, October 13, 2017

A nice hike on a cool day. The second entrance, near the second restrooms in the camp ground is where we went in. The first quarter mile is all uphill kind of rough. After that it's a nice hike. Watch for trail marker as a few trails come together up top. We missed the hard left turn up top and there is another left at a bridge. All trails worked really well after it loaded. Not much area for the dog to get a drink. The view was awesome. Happy hiking.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Much better than the Rockcastle East Narrows Trail in Laurel County. Needs a side trail to the Narrows and a sign pointing to Bee Rock Overlook though.

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Reviewing the Pulaski County side of this trail during the summer:

It's spider hell. You will run into a new spider web every few feet so keep that in mind. Entering the trail from the Bee Rock campground, the first half mile is ridiculously overgrown as it follows the river. As the trail splits from the river and moves closer to the ridge, the trail opens up into lush forests with an abundance of rockwork riddled all over the place.

This goes on for about two miles until you come to a fork. You can either go straight ahead on the trail or up an old gravel road on a steep incline that will take you to the #529 Bee Rock trail. I took the incline and it takes you to a road known on Google Maps as "Bee Rock Road". This is not marked at all mind you.

Take a left on the asphalt and you'll come to a farm at the road's end. take a right and look on the other side of the road for the trail to open back up. this will take you to the Bee Rock trail.

Happy hiking

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

we read the reviews and people were saying start out at the campground area. I though we did but soon realized we actually did not. the first mile or was all uphill, overgrown, and boring. Like all the other reviews, as soon as you get the cave it gets great! I do have to say, they need more signs on this trail. We counted 2 in total and that was only mile markers. They need on pointing to the lookout because we got lost for a split second. If I hiked this trail again, I would definitely start at the campground side and once got to the top of the cave area, I would turn around. The 2 miles, in my opinion is not worth the very few scenic areas.

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Sunday, July 02, 2017

Great little trail. Beautiful views, rock formations, cliffs, caves and had a cute dog join us for part of the hike.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

We couldn't get very far on trail. Completely over grown with a lot of poison ivy! May try again in the fall or spring.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

It's one of my favorites.
If you go to the 2nd trail entrance further in the park, if offers better views.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Be prepared, trail is overgrown in several parts and will expose you to ticks! Make sure you take the necessary precautions against ticks before travelling.
Now to the rest of the trail. The beginning is all uphill as others have stated and doesn't really get interesting until halfway through. However, the overlook, flowering plants, and amazing cave that you pass through is completely worth the effort.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Great trail for a family hike!

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

This trail was supposed to be a loop. It ended up being a trail that had a ton of poison ivy and was poorly marked. The 5.6 mile trek turned into a 10 mile trek. The other 4.4 miles were spent being LOST! I got so off the trail that I ended up treking deep into the woods. As it turned out, I was following an animal trail for a while until the trail completely disappeared. I had to turn back around because I couldn't find where the trail led off too. Near the midpoint of my trip, I journeyed into a section of the woods that had recently just burned down. Of course the fire burned though some of the trail and couldn't find where the trail started up again. I was lost yet again. I also came upon a tree that was still burning from the fire. I couldn't do anything about it because I needed the rest of my water for my trek back. A day trip that was supposed to take 5 or 6 hrs turned into a 10hr trip. I was finally able to make my way back to my car by 10pm, in the dark, without a flashlight. I don't recommend this trail unless you want to get lost!

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Monday, April 10, 2017

I agree with another reviewer, that the 1st part is ALL up hill, but the waterfall inside the cave is really cool. My gripe with the trail is that it's not the best marked trail. But, would I do it do it again? You bet!

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Friday, April 07, 2017

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Great hike! this is an amazing trail to hike after the flowers start blooming! Plenty of big timber and boulders to look up at.

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Saturday, April 01, 2017

Fun! A lot of beautiful scenery, ticks are bad.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

This trail is very deceptive. The first 3/4 of a mile is pretty ordinary and all up hill. Do not I repeat DO NOT give up. Amazing scenery awaits. There is a couple beautiful waterfalls and an amazing look out just off trail. From the look out you can see the river and forest. As you wind down the hill the trail disappeared into a huge cave. Falling from the ceiling was an amazing waterfall INSIDE THE CAVE!!! This trail does not disappoint. And was easy enough for my 5 year old to make it. Take water and snacks make this shirt 2.5 mile hike an all day or at least take your time and soak it all in.

If you start at the camp grounds the cave water fall is about 3/4 of a mile up the trail which is much easier. Also no cell reception.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Good walking. Signage sparse in some sections.

Friday, October 21, 2016

We went to Bee Rock to hike this trail, but lost service so we didn't have GPS directions to find this particular trail. We did however find Trail 529, it was a 2 mile Hike, there and back and led up the mountain on the Pulaski Co side to an amazing overlook. We highly recommend this hike, although it was a little strenuous uphill to get there, but an easy hike downhill on the way back. The view is well worth the uphill hike.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

I took the trail from 192, very easy not that much uphill and very well marked, there was mud on the trail in a few places and you had to cross streams every now and then but overall a great Trail!

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

It was a great trail lots of cliffs and mysterious caves!! A must see if you are in the area!

Friday, March 04, 2016

Great trail. Few trees down but it was very peaceful at the overlook

scenic driving
Monday, September 28, 2015

Drove up on Closed road but could not find trail to walk to overlook. Will try to start at campground next time.

on Bee Rock Trail

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

overall a good trail. great overlook. Trail 529.

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Thursday, April 02, 2015

one of my favorite day trails. have gotten slightly lost a few times because of confusion with markers. took friends and they lived it. great scenery and varied terrain. nice hike

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Thursday, January 01, 2015

Great trail. Good scenery and vsried terrsin. Could be a bit better marked. Some places sre confusing where horse trails intersect with hiking trails. Definitely worth the trip.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

We hiked this trail in mid-December with no snow on the ground. Beautiful scenery and a rewarding overlook when you reach the top of the mountain.

We started at the #503 trailhead and came back out on the #529, which joins #503 near the overlook. The trail is easy until the last mile or so, when you leave the river and go uphill. The climb here is moderate to challenging depending on your fitness level.

The trail could be more clearly marked. Allow plenty of time for getting lost and finding your way again so you're not out after dark. When you're going up the hill you'll cross a gravel road; the trail continues straight across the road and #529 splits off to the left just before the overlook.

All in all, I'd say this could become one of your favorite trails in the area.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Great trail!!! My family enjoyed walking and climb on the rocks next to trail near campground area.

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