Hiking Trails

Come See Why London – Laurel County Has Become A Hiking Destination!

With over 600 hundred miles of trails scattered all throughout the Daniel Boone Forest for hikers, mountain bikers, adventure racers, it’s easy to see why London – Laurel County has become a destination for hiking enthusiasts, nature-lovers and those who yearn to be in the great outdoors!

 

Be sure to check out the resources we’ve provided below for more information about all that London – Laurel County has to offer.

London Certified Trail Town

London, Kentucky was the 5th Certified Trail Town

Kentucky’s designated Trail Towns put you near the best outdoor action in the state – including hundreds of miles of trails, woods and waters – but keep you in cities and towns offering hotels, restaurants, attractions, entertainment and other conveniences to round out your stay. These popular destinations have made a commitment to share their area’s outdoor opportunities, culture, history and stories to visitors hungry for adventure. Since its inception, this program under the state’s Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet has designated 20 communities across Kentucky to serve as official gateways to the state’s great outdoors.

 

Kentucky Trail Town Guide

 

The Daniel Boone National Forest embraces some of the most rugged terrain west of the Appalachian Mountains.

Steep forested slopes, sandstone cliffs and narrow ravines characterize the land. Laurel County is on 700,000 acre parcel of land, Laurel River Lake, Cumberland & Rockcastle Rivers, numerous campsites & shooting ranges, hiking, horseback riding, water adventures, hunting, fishing, camping, biking, boating and wildlife, all within this ranger district. Phone: 606-864-4163    Updated Resource Information London District Website

The Boone Trace & Wilderness Road Trail

Download Boone Trace Trail at Levi Jackson Wilderness Road Park

Over 200,000 pioneers traveled the Wilderness Road between 1774 and 1796. It winds its way through scenery that was there when Daniel Boone originally blazed the trail. Woodlands, rivers and streams left remnants of this exciting trip through history. The pathway was developed into railroads, highways, towns and private property. But what was left is a living museum of frontier history. This trail is located inside Levi Jackson Wilderness Road Park.

Boone Trace Master Plan
Friends of Boone Trace
Boone Trace on a Motorcycle Run
Boone Trace GPS Map

Hawk Creek Valley Suspension Bridge

Download Hawk Creek Valley Suspension Bridge Trail 

Hawk Creek Valley Suspension Bridge Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near London, Kentucky that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Photo Credit: Eric Stewart

Laurel Fork: Laurel River Dam to Cumberland River

Download Laurel Fork Trail Laurel River Dam to Cumberland River

Discover beautiful scenery at Laurel Fork Trail located near Laurel River Lake. Laurel River Dam to Cumberland River is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail that features Laurel River Lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Photo Credit:  Vicki Lanza

Vanhook Falls

Download Vanhook Falls Hiking Trail

Vanhook Falls and Cane Creek Valley is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near London, Kentucky that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Photo Credit: Kelly Burton

Fraizer Knob

Download Frazier Knob Trail

Frazier Knob is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near London, Kentucky that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. It is the highest point in Laurel County, KY. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running.

Photo Credit: Kelly Burton

Scuttle Hole Overlook

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Scuttlehole Overlook via 404A Trail is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near London, Kentucky that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Photo Credit: Cheryl Fee


McHargue's Mill at Levi Jackson

Download McHarge Mill at Levi Jackson Wilderness Road Park

McHargue’s Mill Trail runs through Levi Jackson Wildreness Road Park. The trail is mostly gravel and blacktop which makes it more of a walking trail instead of a hiking trail. Their are a few inclines but the surface is rather smooth so it is easy and with some effort it is stroller friendly. There are two trail heads the southern one begins in the swimming pool parking lot, while the northern trail head begins on the back side of McHargue’s Mill. The trail is rather entertaining as it travels past a campground, Tree Top Adventures, the Mountain Life Museum, Defeated Camp Burial Ground, and McHargue’s Mill.

 

Photo Credit: Rodney Hendrickson

Laurel River Lake Loop Trail

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In the Daniel Boone National Forest a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near London, Kentucky that features a Laurel River Lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is accessible year-round.

Photo Credit: Timothy-Shelton

Whitley Branch Veteran's Park

Whitley Branch Veterans Park

Whitley Branch Veterans Park is a city park located downtown London, KY on Dixie Street. It includes a playground, paved walking trails, picnic area, bark park for dogs, and a 18-hole par three disk golf course.

The Wellness Park

The Wellness Park

The London-Laurel County Wellness Park is located behind the Laurel County Public Library off KY-192. Two historic coal silos adorn the property that features plenty of parking, basketball courts, a skate park, bicycle pump track, two restrooms, two small picnic shelters, two large picnic shelters, two volleyball courts, a playground, walking trail, mountain bike trail, and a splash pad.


Town Center Park

Town Center Park

The Town Center Park is located in the heart of downtown London right off of Main Street. The lush green and inviting space boasts a unique performance stage area, parking, and restrooms. It is home to the Town Center Park Stage for summer music concerts and other outdoor events.

It is home to seasonal decorations including spring, summer, fall, and winter perfect for family photographic memories.

Wildcat Mountain PVT Lewis McFerran Trail

Wildcat Mountain PVT Lewis McFerran Trail

PTV Lewis McFerran Trail is a 2-mile loop non surfaced walking trail with some steep grades through the battlefield’s hardwood forest. This trail is dedicated to Private Lewis McFerran, the first Union soldier killed in action at the Battle of Camp Wildcat.

Wildcat Mountain Hoosier Knob Interpretive Trail

Hoosier Knob Interpretive Trail

Hoosier Knob Interpretive Trail is a 1.5 mile out and back trail includes interpretive signs. A steep grade will be encountered going up to Hoosier Knob.

Wildcat Mountain Infantry Ridge Interpretive Trail

Infantry Ridge Interpretive Trail
This 1/2 mile out and back trail included interpretive signs and a view of hospital rock. Along the trail see a cannon placement location of Captain William E Standard’s Batter B of the 1st Ohio Light Artillery Regiment during the battle.

Eagle Falls at Cumberland Falls State Park

Eagle Falls at Cumberland Falls State Park

Cumberland Falls via Eagle Falls Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located at Cumberland Falls State Park that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

 As the name would suggest, the main feature of this trail is Eagle Falls, where Eagle Creek falls about 50 feet to the Cumberland River. The trailhead is located on the west side of the river, opposite the main viewing area for Cumberland Falls. There is limited parking at the trailhead, so access can be a challenge during busy summer weekends.

The trail starts out alongside the Cumberland River above the falls, but quickly starts climbing the cliffs along the side of the river with several beautiful views of Cumberland Falls. The trail can be steep in places, but most of these steep areas have been fitted with stairs to make the climb easier. About 1/3 of a mile from the trailhead, a spur branches off to the left and climbs the hill to a purported viewpoint over the canyon.

About 0.5 miles from the trailhead, the trail splits into the loop portion of the hike. For the quickest access to the falls, follow the trail to the right. To the left, the trail climbs up and over a hill, then down the other side to connect with Eagle Creek. The trail then follows the creek downstream, passing several areas with nice spots for wading or playing in the creek.

Once you reach the mouth of the creek, another trail spur leads to the bottom of the falls. The spur to the falls is a steep hike down the cliff, but again stairs are in place for ease and safety. At the base of the cliff are numerous boulders or sandy areas to sit and enjoy the view. At the base of Eagle Falls is a series of small shallow pools before the water spills into the Cumberland River. Cumberland Falls can again be seen from this area.

On the way back to the trailhead, the trail runs along the side of a cliff in places, but railings are in place to help prevent a fall. This trail is very popular for the views and waterfalls and is heavily traveled during peak season. The heavy traffic combined with regular maintenance helps guarantee that the trail is well-worn and easy to follow.

Dog Slaughter Falls at Cumberland Falls State Park

Dog Slaughter Falls at Cumberland Falls State Park

Dog Slaughter Falls Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Corbin, Kentucky that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Dog Slaughter Falls trail offers everything we love to find when we go on a family adventure: boulders, waterfall, amazing views, babbling creeks to cross, rocky overhangs to climb under, ferns, mossy tree trunks, and rocks.

Winding Stair Gap Trail

Winding Stair Gap Trail

Winding Stair Gap Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near London, Kentucky that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Winding Stair Gap Trail #402 is located near Bee Rock Campground on London Ranger District.  This trail connects to Rockcastle Narrow East Trail #401. Most of the trail runs through second growth forest. It passes near the site of the old Warner Hotel, which was built in the 1800s and stood until the early 1900s. All that remains is an old well and the building’s foundation. Note: Forest Service Road 119 is usually gated. Check with the London Ranger District for current information.

Bark Camp Cascades

Bark Camp Creek Cascades

Bark Camp Trail is a 6.1 mile out and back trail located near Cumberland River that features a river and is rated as moderate-difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

 

The Bark Camp Trail is a magical waterfall hike in Kentucky that provides enough length and challenge for avid hikers, but is moderate enough for those up for a bit of an adventure. You’ll experience the natural wonder and diversity of Daniel Boone National Forest and a cascade of waterfalls, among other features, that will likely make this your new favorite hiking trail in Kentucky.

Pine Island Double Falls

Pine Double Falls

Pine Island Double Falls is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near London, Kentucky that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

 

This is a short trail down to a beautiful waterfall. Beware, users have reported that the trail gets very narrow, muddy, and steep.

 

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