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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 north of the river on Old Salem Road in Jeffersonville. The trail parallels IN-265 up to the Lewis and Clark Bridge, protected from road traffic by a split rail fence. At the mouth of the bridge, there's an overlook with benches and interpretive signage. The trail continues to parallel the bridge/ KY-841, offering unobstructed views of the Ohio River. On the Kentucky side, the trail stretches past the end of the bridge before terminating on River Road.
The Lewis and Clark Bridge Trail is open to both pedestrians and cyclists.
No dedicated trail parking is available at this time.
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.
Kudos to the folks that designed this addition to the Lewis & Clark Bridge. A great way to connect Indiana and Kentucky for more cycling/hiking possibilities. I rode across at night and look forward to riding it during the day to really take in the scenery. Hope they expand on this beautiful trail riding it in
L&C Bridge is a tremendous addition to the recreation opportunities in the area. Included in the initial design, this is a beautiful and scenic river crossing. On my crossing I saw several bicycles, walkers and a runner. Since it has yet to meet up with the Loop on the south side and just stops a mile inland on the Indiana side, this trail is a reminder “If you build it, they will come.” Easy access off River Road in Louisville.
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