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Great campground and easy walking trail.

Beautiful, hardly any people & wonderful views, plus bald eagles working the river!

Way too "industrial." Trail was horribly marked, I drifted off at least 6 times. It took a park ranger to tell me where the trail even began. Also, 1/3rd of the trail was by busy roads. I'm serious. Of course, it is busy partly because of the historic sites, but for a large portion of the trail, you can hear trucks and cars going down the highway. I wouldn't recommend this trail if you like solitude and exploring nature. The best part of the trail was that some parts were challenging to traverse, but that's really about all.

Trail is hard to follow, not a lot of trail markers. A bit rocky and rooty, if carrying a weighted pack it can be rough on the ankles. Trail is a good trainer. Nice up hill segments. Would ruck again.

Made the trek from the south welcome center to the north on 23/24 November. Beautiful area of land, nice rolling hills and plenty of wildlife. Pack heavy on water, never could find the water points.

Just did a section of it with our scouts. Nice trail, but loose rocks and abundant large acorns can make footing a little tricky in some places. Note, if traveling north from the South Welcome Station (mark N), water can be tough to find along the trail until Prospector's Spring, just north of mark K, about 14.5 miles from the welcome station. We had no joy at Brier Rose Branch (south of mark M) or the fire tower near Iron Mountain shelter. Also, not a loop as it says above.

Pretty area. The battlefield is very well kept but the trail must not be used often enough. There were spiders and cobwebs across the middle of the trail almost every step you took. It was too many to be enjoyable; ended up being more spider battling than hiking and relaxing.

Couple of Marking missing but otherwise an amazing Hike.

Not a bad trail, pretty well kept. The only issue is they are not very well marked. There are some little side trails and cuts that you can mistake for the actual trail.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Came here with my husband and our two dogs today. The main road is nice to walk along and you can stop at all the tour spots. We attempted to walk along the trail but every 3 feet we would end up with a huge spider&web in our faces because the trail is not walked often enough, so that got old fast and we turned around after about 1/3 of a mile. Very pretty area. Be warned, there are thousands of tiny little ticks out there, we came home and had two on our puppy, haven't found any on our Aussie yet because of her hair but they will both be getting baths even though they have flea and tick prevention. I found 7 total on myself smaller than a needle and will be rechecking my husband for them, found 3 on him earlier. I would recommend going and sticking to the main roads but be prepared to check every inch of your body later.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

One of my favorites in LBL. It crossed the creek 4 times but only 2 were wet. Goes past an old building site with a spring. The trailhead is across the road from the South Welcome Station where you can pick up trail maps.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Only been here once so far. The first two miles are boring and in October was riddled with spiders. The miles after are great though with lots of different scenery. I would say it's a fairly easy trail with some climb and very little technical spots.

Monday, January 23, 2017


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Nice views of river.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Nice hike with some steep hills and a few snakes

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Didnt walk the whole trail - but likely about half way. It has some moderately steepness.

Friday, July 01, 2016

best campground ever been to....absolutely perfect for all ages

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Hiked it in June with 30 Boy Scouts. Heat index was 100+. Recommend hiking in early spring or late fall!!

it was a great trail well marked lots of interesting sites

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Easy hike with lots of interesting history to be seen, enjoyable

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Beautiful, well kept/well marked, moderate terrain with the added benefit of having great historical significance.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

This is a an excellent extended hike. It took us 6 days hiking from South Welcome to North Welcome. Some terrain is very difficult but others are very easy. The south portion is mostly in the woods and the north section takes you along the banks of Kentucky Lake. Not much to see for the most part but it's a great time in the woods.

There are five shelters that adds to the mileage. Typically each shelter is .5 to 1 mile off the main trail.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Nice trails and lakes. Stumbled upon a few soybean fields ;)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Awesome trail for backpacking. Loads to see and a lot of variety. The terrain isn't too difficult, but can get kind of muddy. Lots of wildlife too. A must if you are around the area.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A nice loop trail. This is part of the National Battlefield. It is worth watching the short video and talking w/ the rangers at the visitor center prior to hiking. You learn a lot and it adds to the experience of hiking in a historic area. I went after some serious rain so the creeks/rivers were high and the trails closest to the river were flooded.

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