Kentucky Bike Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
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Adkisson Greenbelt

14.8 mi
State: KY
Asphalt

Aero Parkway Bicycle Trail

2.3 mi
State: KY
Asphalt

Barren River Lake State Resort Park

2.5 mi
State: KY
Asphalt

Benham Rail Trail

2.25 mi
State: KY
Crushed Stone

Big Four Bridge

0.5 mi
State: IN, KY
Concrete

Blackford Pedestrian Bridge

0.9 mi
State: KY
Asphalt

Brighton East Rail Trail

2 mi
State: KY
Asphalt

Cadiz Railroad Trail

2.5 mi
State: KY
Asphalt

Cathy Crockett Memorial Trail

2 mi
State: KY
Ballast, Gravel

Coolavin Rail Trail

0.6 mi
State: KY
Asphalt

Hope Center Trail

0.3 mi
State: KY
Asphalt

Hopkinsville Rail Trail

3.1 mi
State: KY
Concrete

Lake Barkley Bridge Multiuse Path

8.5 mi
State: KY
Concrete

Legacy Trail (KY)

12 mi
State: KY
Asphalt

Lewis and Clark Bridge Trail

2.5 mi
State: IN, KY
Asphalt

Liberty Park Trail

0.9 mi
State: KY
Asphalt

Louisville Loop

50.51 mi
State: KY
Asphalt, Concrete

Muhlenberg County Rail-Trail

6 mi
State: KY
Asphalt

Paducah Greenway

4.5 mi
State: KY
Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt
Accordion

South Elkhorn Trail

0.5 mi
State: KY
Asphalt

Squires Road Trail

1.3 mi
State: KY
Asphalt

Town Branch Trail (KY)

2.2 mi
State: KY
Asphalt

Wetherington Boulevard Trail

1.4 mi
State: KY
Asphalt

White Plains Trail

1.5 mi
State: KY
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Adkinsson Greenbelt Park offers an extensive paved trail running throughout the city of Owensboro in Daviess County, Kentucky. It makes its way through many of the city's parks and to a few...
KY 14.8 mi Asphalt
This shared use path may only be 2.3 miles long, but it is appreciated by residents in Florence as a place to exercise. It travels alongside Aero Parkway, which borders the Cincinnati/ Northern...
KY 2.3 mi Asphalt
Barren River Lake Trail makes a circuit around the golf course at the Barren River Lake State Resort Park. The paved trail is mostly flat with a few hills, passing through wooded meadows and stretches...
KY 2.5 mi Asphalt
The Benham Rail Trail—also known as the Benham Walking Trail and Coal Miners Walking Trail—runs east to west across the small town of Benham on a former railroad corridor. The line, which was...
KY 2.25 mi Crushed Stone
The Big Four Bridge links Louisville, Kentucky, and Jeffersonville, Indiana, over the majestic Ohio River, once described by Thomas Jefferson as “the most beautiful river on Earth.” The bridge’s...
IN, KY 0.5 mi Concrete
The Blackford Pedestrian Bridge qualifies as a rail-trail because it crosses a refurbished railroad bridge over the Tradewater River, linking Blackford. in Webster County with Crittenden County. The...
KY 0.9 mi Asphalt
The Brighton East Rail Trail was Fayette County's first, opening in 2007. The original 1-mile trail through recent residential development between Bryant Road and Pleasant Ridge Park proved...
KY 2 mi Asphalt
The Cadiz Railroad Trail runs for 2.5 miles between an old railroad depot on State route 139 and Fortner Drive at the east end of town. The trail parallels Noel Drive and Lafayette Street, following...
KY 2.5 mi Asphalt
The Cathy Crocket Memorial Trail occupies the former railroad right-of-way of the Cincinnati–Southern Railway that was relocated in the 1950s when Lake Cumberland was formed. The trail begins along US...
KY 2 mi Ballast, Gravel
The Coolavin Rail Trail runs for a half mile in northern Lexington's Smithtown neighborhood. The paved pathway begins on a quiet street adjacent to the Transylvania University Athletics Complex and...
KY 0.6 mi Asphalt
Although short in length, the Hope Center Trail provides an important connection between two other trails in Lexington’s northern neighborhoods. The paved, 0.3-mile pathway gets its name from the Hope...
KY 0.3 mi Asphalt
Hopkinsville Rail Trail, sometimes referred to as the Pennyrile Rail Trail, will one day be more than 7 miles long along the former Fort Campbell railroad spur once used by the U.S....
KY 3.1 mi Concrete
The Lake Barkley Bridge connecting Canton to the Land between the Lakes National Recreation Area was opened in Fall 2019. The bridge features four traffic lanes and a 10-foot wide, protected bike-ped...
KY 8.5 mi Concrete
The Legacy Trail runs north-south through Lexington among green spaces, neighborhoods and parks. Two highlights of the popular pathway are the Lexington YMCA and Kentucky Horse Park, which features a...
KY 12 mi Asphalt
This multipurpose trail provides a safe, non-motorized alternative to cross the Ohio River between Jeffersonville, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky. The two-lane paved trail actually starts 1.4 miles...
IN, KY 2.5 mi Asphalt
Liberty Park heads north from the west end of the Brighton East Rail Trail in Lexington. Following Liberty Road somewhat, the trail crosses Star Shoot Parkway, where it provides access to Liberty...
KY 0.9 mi Asphalt
In the 1890s, pre-eminent landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. envisioned large community parks connected to the neighborhoods of Louisville via “ribbons of green.” His tree-lined parkways...
KY 50.51 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Muhlenberg County Rail-Trail in rural southwestern Kentucky connects the community of Central City, Muhlenberg County's largest city, to Powderly and Greenville to the south. As Kentucky's most...
KY 6 mi Asphalt
The Newport Southbank Bridge, commonly known as the Purple People Bridge due to its unique paint scheme, links the large Ohio city of Cincinnati with Newport, Kentucky, a medium-sized city rapidly...
KY, OH 0.5 mi Concrete
The Paducah Greenway (simply, The Greenway to locals, and officially, the Clyde F. Boyles Greenway Trail) is a 4.5-mile non-motorized pathway that links Paducah’s neighborhoods, parks and natural...
KY 4.5 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt
Accordion
The South Elkhorn Trail is a short community path in the southern reaches of Lexington, Kentucky. The rail-with-trail skirts the edge of the new housing developments centered on Newbury Way and...
KY 0.5 mi Asphalt
Squires Road Trail is a 1.3 mile multiuse trail on the southeast edge of Lexington, KY. The trail begins on Squires Road and threads through neighborhoods until its terminus at Summerhill Road....
KY 1.3 mi Asphalt
Town Branch Trail in northwest Lexington currently extends between Leestown Road and Alexandria Road, following an old railroad corridor between a subdivision and cultivated fields. Plans call for...
KY 2.2 mi Asphalt
This smooth asphalt path on the side of Wetherington Boulevard invites residents of the nearby communities out for fitness and recreation. The trail stretches from US 42 to Mt. Zion Road and connects...
KY 1.4 mi Asphalt
The White Plains Trail runs for 1.5 miles through White Plains, between JP Hanks Road and just east of town, where enters a thickly forested area. The trailhead is a few blocks south of White Plains...
KY 1.5 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike & Hike Trail

great ride through the woods

June, 2020 by danielfarmer

this is my favorite kind of trail, being more of a road cyclist. not a super technical mtb challenge, just rolling hills, good compacted gravel surface, lots of trees... all kinds of birds on this trail. saw a gold finch, bluebirds, and one big turkey that took off in front of me on a straightaway and stayed on the path, airborne, leading the way for quite a bit. there was one small tree across the trail today, but it looked very recent and i didn’t need to dismount to go around. the trail does zig zag across the highway a few times, but you have unobstructed views upon approach and traffic was not heavy. there are easily visible caution posts at all these crossings, so nothing jumps up on you. great experience.

Lake Barkley Bridge Multiuse Path

i'm going back

May, 2020 by danielfarmer

this trail is one of my new favorites. i started on the east end and traveled west. the off-road trail signage is a little lacking, but you never really get too far going the wrong way before you figure out you've turned wrong. the off-road part between the bridges is very fun. lots of gravel and dirt trail. i saw no washed out parts. they have grating installed to prevent washout in at least one spot. i didn't look at the map closely enough before going. the majority of this trail is off road trail! and it is very fun! nothing too steep or sharp on the hills or curves. just fun riding.

Dawkins Line Rail Trail

May 2020 Memorial Day

May, 2020 by chadwickthompson1971

Had a great ride today. The surface of the trail is constantly improving. Much better than when the trail first opened. Several new facilities have been added to the trail. They were all closed due to Covid-19. However, finding the Royalton trailhead was difficult. Saw the signs on both ends of the road but didn’t see any parking. A local individual told me to park at a church. Other than that it was a great ride!!!

Accordion

Lewis and Clark Bridge Trail

Interesting Architecture Good River View

May, 2020 by riordanmj

With some steady uphills at both ends, this is a walk that shouldn’t be too difficult. The approaches are asphalt, all the bridge surfaces are concrete so it’s not forgiving at all. Obviously there is no real shade, so choose your time wisely. Bring hydration and sunscreen! From parking area to parking area is about 2.5 miles so you can get a 5 mile round trip. Busy at times with bikes, runners and walkers, but it’s wide enough you don’t feel crowded. Traffic noise is very loud unfortunately given the amount of truck traffic.

Legacy Trail (KY)

Great afternoon ride

May, 2020 by robinskiboo

My husband, boys, and I enjoyed the urban scenery and the horse farms. Very well maintained and populated trail. Our only complaint is that hardly anyone used the courteous term, "passing on your left."

Barren River Lake State Resort Park

great shady ride

May, 2020 by danielfarmer

great views and seclusion. i saw a deer drinking water just off the trail. the only drawback on this trail is lots of buckling from roots in the asphalt. otherwise, this is a great ride through the woods.

Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike & Hike Trail

Great mtn bike ride

May, 2020 by markwantemann

The trail is down hill one way and uphill coming back. Save energy for the ride home. Beautiful scenery and you get some level ground where there are traverses. And the campground is great!

Coolavin Rail Trail

Can we call this a trail?

May, 2020 by shoupe

This trail is beautiful. But it's far too short to be it's own trail. It's my favorite way to start on the Legacy Trail. The trail head has easy parking and a little coffee shop. The broke spoke and a distillery are on this trail. The neighborhood around it has a lot to offer. It's just effectively a warm up to the Legacy Trail.

Legacy Trail (KY)

This is the best Kentucky can offer right now

May, 2020 by shoupe

When I first moved to Kentucky, I didn't really like this trail. Compared to others of it's type, it's short, boring, out of the way, and a bit ugly in the way of scenery for most of it's length. But it serves its purpose adequately and is, from what I can tell, a rarity in the area. So it looks really good by comparison.

The pavement is generally well kept, though it is decorated with paintings in a few places (usually in the corners at the bottoms of descents), so cyclists need to watch out.

The path does cross roads and industrial drive ways with an extremely high density in some places, so keep your wits about you.

The southern half largely passes through or along side industrial parks, so you'll spend a lot of time near cars and exposed to wind and sun. The northern half is much prettier and feels more like a multiuse path should: lots of tree cover, nature and farm land and a much quieter experience.

The southern trail head, for all practical purposes, is at the North YMCA. You can find literature that claims it does or will extend into downtown, but if this is the case, it's not practical. Getting to the YMCA by bike is miserable. You have to traverse some of the busier roads in Lexington and the Lexington drivers are the worst towards cyclists I have ever experienced. My wife will only bike Legacy if we drive the mile to it from home.

The trail also lacks access to any sort of attraction other than the horse park. I miss trails that take you places for a coffee/beer stop or a quick lunch. Can't find that here. Not a big complaint, just something I grew accustomed to else where.

The trail does extend past the Iron Works trailhead along side Iron Works Pike for a while, but you're in the sun alongside cars again and the trail dead ends in the middle of nowhere.

Overall, if you want a trail to log miles, this is a passing one, if a bit short. If you are looking for a scenic trip, keep to the north half. The trail is far from the shangri la people view it as. There's just no other workable option for cyclists within a 2 hours drive that's longer than 5 miles.

Muhlenberg County Rail-Trail

fun ride

May, 2020 by danielfarmer

saw some wild turkeys, beavers, an oriole, and other wildlife. pavement in great shape. nice and wide to accommodate walkers/joggers/cyclists. the maintenance crew was out cutting the grass today too, keeping it well kept up. nice little trail. wish we had more like it around south central KY.

Lake Barkley Bridge Multiuse Path

Bridge to bridge

April, 2020 by marjoriewillems

This trail starts west of the Kentucky làke bridge and ends east of the lake Barkley bridge. The middle is crushed lime stone. 3.5 Miles on the east end are paved as are about 2 miles on the west end. The route follows the Fenton area roads from the bridge pathway to the trail head. The paved section is open and stone section is shaded. It goes by the golden pond visitor center which has water and rest rooms.

Hopkinsville Rail Trail

Plenty of trees with Little River running down part of the trail. Seasonal flowers. Photo ops. Grassy picnic areas.

April, 2020 by jennifergray0522

Plenty of trees with Little River running down part of the trail. Seasonal flowers. Photo ops. Grassy picnic areas.

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