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Natural Bridge and Hood Branch Trail

Slade, KY

Natural Bridge and Hood Branch Trail is a 5.4 mile loop trail located near Slade, Kentucky that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

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Pennyrile Forest Trail
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

This trail is not the hardest trail in KY and it's not the prettiest, but doing any portion of the Pennyrile Nature Trail (PNT) is pretty strenuous and satisfyinlgy pretty. Let's start with the basics. No equestirans and not ATV's. That's a plus. Trail is mostly single track on compacted soil with very little two track and abandoned roads. Rocky sections are rare. This trail got a bad rap a few years ago for haveing lots of uncleared windfall and got hammered with the ice storm more recently than that, but all that has been fixed. Trail blazes aplenty an it is well signed. Three trail heads, one north, one south and one in the middle. 13.5 miles for length is spot on. Not too many places to camp with level ground, but they can be found. Some pretty ravines, hardwood forests and bluffs on the south end. This trail has many ups and downs that will wear you out. Plenty of lake views when leaves allow for long views. In short, a hard trail with enough scenic views to make it worth your while and a whole lot of miles if you do the whole thing. Food nearby at both ends of the trail! Leave no trace.

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Red Trail of Horine Reservation
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5 Completed 3 Reviews

I've done this trail a few times. It is well maintained and well marked. Most of it is easy or moderate with a couple of strenuous areas. There is a short cut if you need it, but you should be able to go ahead and do the whole trail.

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Tuliptree Trail
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5 Completed 3 Reviews

Very easy, paved trail that winds through the lovely Jefferson Memorial Forest. This trail is a favorite for my children and we hike it several times a year.

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Yost Ridge Trail
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5 Completed 3 Reviews

Pretty easy and enjoyable trail. I like to do this one with my sister, who has back problems, because it isn't too strenuous for her and yet it still quite fun to hike.

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Natural Bridge
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Excellent, easy trail. Great for kids and beginners. The trailhead is behind the Welcome Center. The trail winds along beside a creek and takes you through an amazing rock formation. Then, the trail goes up and over the Natural Bridge and loops back around to the Welcome Center. Great views with little time or effort required.

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Natural Bridge
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21 Completed 20 Reviews

Did this as part of the three bridges trail. Very interesting to see how rock formations are created over millions of years.

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Eagle Falls Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This was a really good hike! Those steps were a little tough but well worth it.

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Dog Slaughter Falls Trailhead
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Excellent!! We only do the 1 mile section out to the falls but it was absolutely beautiful ! It was a bit of a rough trail, had rained a lot and many spots of the trail were very slick & parts are very narrow so be careful ! But if you can make it it's well worth it!!

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Eagle Falls Trail
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21 Completed 20 Reviews

Great trail to go onto to see the other side of Cumberland Falls. Can get steep and muddy at times but well worth the hike to see the falls. You can even climb up under the falls if the rocks aren't to slippery.

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Dog Slaughter Falls Trailhead
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21 Completed 20 Reviews

Great trail. Not to many steep inclines. Went when a lot of rain and made the waterfall spectacular. The distance is advertised wrong on here and the trailhead. Not 1 mile out and back but almost 3.75 miles. Well worth the extra time. Also the road it's on (Forest Road) doesn't have a road sign. If you look it's a gravel/hard pan road with a red square sign with the number 195 on it.

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