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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.

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.

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.

backpacking
2 months ago

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.

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

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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

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.

6 months ago

Great trail for a family hike!

hiking
7 months ago

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!

hiking
7 months ago

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!

hiking
7 months ago