River View Trail at Capital view Park - TRAIL

River View Trail at Capital view Park - Trail, Frankfort, Kentucky

These trails, located off Ky. 676 near the State Library and Archives, are accessible from Capitol View Park. They include miles of rolling single-track, along with one main double-track trail running through the entire network. Ride single-track along the Kentucky River and enjoy the scenic view as well as the company of local riders. The trails can be a bit taxing for beginners but should be rideable by all. These trails are new (as of 1997) and the area is inhabited by many deer. Bathroom and picnic facilities are available at the park.

User Reviews (16)

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Troy   Cross Country Rider [Dec 14, 2010]

Trails are mostly tight single track. Almost a 10 mile loop if you do everything. You'll want to contact the local shop ( Capital City Cycles) to get an updated trail map or see when the groups rides are. There are way too many deer running around and these deer have made lots of extra trails that aren't really MTB trails. 2 races a year here ( 12 Hours of Capitol View and the Blue Grass State games). Best trails in KY. Super well groomed and taken care. Thanks to all that have built these trails and keep them in this shape!

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Off 676 / between US 60 and US 127. 4 miles from I-64 exit 58.

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Guyfry   Cross Country Rider [Oct 24, 2008]

I really enjoyed riding the Capitol View trail system. There are nine miles of trail, some easy, some hard. Try to obtain a map, or ride with a local. Capitol City bike shop(on Hwy 60) has maps, and they are knowledgeable, good people.

Stay down along the river for the easier trails with great views of the Kentucky River. There are 2 huge sinkholes that the trails runs through and around, with 25 foot drops. You have to see it to believe it.
The trails at the top of the system are also fairly easy except for a killer side loop that is for experts only. Also wonderful views of the Capitol building. Big climb and descent.

I rode here during a drought, so the traction was real good. It looks like the kind of place that would be tough to ride in wet conditions.
Lots of roots and rocks, and the low lands obviously have some drainage problems, as there are many little bridges constructed.

Pros; Well designed trails, mtn bike specific=good flow. Good maintenance and signs. Thank to all who help build and maintain the trails.

Cons; Some fall line trails that are eroding quickly...... I also had a heck of a time finding all the trails, even with a map. I rode here for 5 hours over a weekend and still don't think I found all the trails.
The newest trail that is on the other side of the main road entry was too overgrown with weeds for me to bother riding.

As for the person that posted before me, whining about getting caught riding motorcycles on the trails. The trail are posted " No motorized vehicles".
As someone who puts in many volunteer hours building and maintaining my local trail system I would also be very upset if I saw someone tearing up the trails.
Your preaching to the wrong crowd, brother.

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FrozenKY   Weekend Warrior [Sep 01, 2008]

WOW! What a beautiful park. However, bikers should beware!!!!! My husband and I took our 14 &11 y/o daughters to one side of the park, where we thought we could teach them how to climb steep hills on their "motorized" dirt bikes. We'd seen others do, and there was no posting against it. There was a fellow mountain biker up there who went NUTS! I mean totally psycho. approached me after THROWING his $1300 mountain bike on the concrete road in a very threatening manner. He called the Frankfort police, to clarify the use of the trails, which by the way we weren't using... EVEN THE POLICE THOUGHT HE HAD SOMETHING MENTALLY WRONG WITH HIM! I have video of him. If you need the video for identification, email and I will gladly send it to you. RIDERS SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM THIS GUY!!!! HE IS DANGEROUS!!!! Even the girl that was riding with him stated how fearful she was. Of course, we laughed about it ALL the way home. It was a PRIME example of the type of character we teach our daughters to STAY AWAY FROM!!!!!
frozen_whispers@yahoo.com

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Mark   Weekend Warrior [Aug 29, 2008]

I ride with mostly beginners but several who have years of offroad motorcycle experience. Every one of our friends who finally goes to Frankfort with us has came back several times. We ride every week or so. There are several smaller loops that aren't on any of the maps we've found. Most of the network is kept in nice condition by a troop of local volunteers. The easier section is on the park side of the 4 lane highway. If you like technical downhills and uphills, climb up behind the libary and archives and go down the other side of the ridge. All but the best riders will do at least some carrying down. None of us newbies were interested in the climb back out. The trails on the park side of the 4 lane have short climbs that level out or turn down hill about the time a beginner is sucking wind. There are plenty of places to go over the bars too. Just about all of our group has had that pleasure. Great parking. Very tame deer often allow you to pass within 30-40 feet without running away. No horse traffic and only an occasional walker. Most of the really tough sections have an easier way around if you like. It's a great place to start building your legs and lungs and have a great time while you're doing it instead of suffering the entire time.

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John Netherton   [Nov 26, 1998]

This trail system is an extensive system of single track with a doubletrack main trail running through the middle of it.
I take my kids there on sunday afternoons so it is a good beginner trail area, but we stay on the easier single track.
I also ride the more difficult tails with more experienced ride partners.
There is truly something for all level riders, and there are bathroom and picnic facilities.
There is even a volley ball court and picnic area in the middle of the wooded trails along the Ky River.
A great place to go and stay from daylight to dark.

Customer Service

Take US. Hwy 60 to Ky Hwy 676 to the Vietnam Memorial. The trail is in the Capital View Park acrooss Hwy 676
from the memorial.

Similar Products Used: Fort Hill Park, Old Cival War area in downtown Frankfort behind the Holliday Inn. More detailed vacinity map and Trail map found at the Frankfort Dirt n Road Webb page: www.geocities.com/yosemite/geyser/9459.
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Walter Leaumont   [Jul 08, 1999]

I found out about these trails from John's web site. Good call. Although I had a little trouble finding the trail head the trails were quite fun. I would not reccommend this area for a day long ride but it make for a perfect evening after work ride.

Similar Products Used: Cave run lake.
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Chris Wise   [Nov 18, 1999]

I thought this area was very enjoyable. The whole network of trails is only like 7 or 8 miles long which is kinda nice cause you can turn around and ride it backwards or just jump around to different trails. There are some decent climbs and some fun twists and turns. The scenery is great and there is wildlife all around. Good for beginners and experienced riders as well.

Customer Service

Park your car by the 2 ballfields and head towards the construction area. This will take you to the double-track where you can access the numerous single-track trails.

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Harrison Hartman   [Feb 27, 2000]

Coming from Colorado, I did miss a little of the climbs and decends, but had a great time regardless. This trail, as other reviewers have mentioned, has a range of trails which accommodate just about any group and skill level. Uncrowded and pleasant, you can ride the entire park in less than four hours - and bring a lunch to enjoy in the picnic area beside the KY river.
I will certainly return (living in Lexington for now).

Customer Service

Right before gated entrance to the furthest two baseball fields and basketball courts is a nice shady spot. Look carefully for a trailhead directly ahead on the right. If you pass on the upper side of the basketball court, you're on the right track.

Similar Products Used: None right now... I'm still new
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David Stegemoller   [May 15, 2000]

OK, when I first got to this place I thought it was going to be a disappointment, because all I could see was construction going on. But then as I found the trail, after much searching(It was right under my nose), I fell in love with it.
My favorite parts of the trails are the sink holes. There is a 25 foot sink hole, and one about half the size. They are pretty close to each other so you can ride back and forth between them, it is as fun as a roller coaster. Without riding the brakes, getting up the upslope is quite simple. There are also many other downhills with immediate climbs. Honestly, I can spend whatever amount of time it takes to tire me out at this trail, sometimes I go there on a Saturday, other times I go there after work and ride it 'til the sun goes down. It was the second trail I ever mountain biked, and the second time I ever mountain biked off road, so it can be done by beginners, and probably teach you all the stuff you need to know.

Customer Service

Take the first left in the park, then go in the first parking lot to your right. Enter the trail by the big green(or was it blue?) box kind of inbetween the 2 parking lots. This is better than going through the construction areas.

Similar Products Used: None in the immediate area, but Tower Park in Ft Thomas is awesome.(only in dry season)
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Landon Stivers   [Mar 22, 2001]

There is several different ways you can ride the trails. There is a lot of single track and a little dual track. Beginners as well as seasoned Mt. bikers will have a good time. I am 56 years old and I have a lot of fun, although I don't make it up every hill, it is still challening for me . I seem to improve a bit each time I go riding about once per week.

Customer Service

Park Auto at first parking area on the right after entering park area. Go right past the soccer fields and watch for bike trails on the right. There are several or you can go straight ahead across gravel parking lot and enter at that point.

Similar Products Used: Cave Run Lake Area
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