Jenny Ridge - Trail, Golden Pond, Kentucky

Jenny Ridge - Trail, Golden Pond, Kentucky

DESCRIPTION

This trail is nearly all singletrack through heavily forested woods. Terrain is rolling with moderate climbs and frequently goes close to Kentucky Lake. Trail ends after 12.7 miles at Sugar Bay Lake Access Campground. One can return on trail or follow Roads 140 and 141 which parallel the trail eventually returning to the Trace a couple of miles north of the trail head. Trail surface is hard dirt with gravel and sand and can be ridden in all but very wet conditions. Do not ride in quota deer hunts in late November. Call LBL at 502-924-2000 for trail conditions and hunting dates. Note that this is the only section of the North/South Hiking Trail open to mountain bikes.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 02, 2013]
Borobiker
Weekend Warrior

I took the trail that starts out right behind the visitor center. It's a rock/gravel path through the woods. You can go either right or left, each goes out about 4 miles. You start out downhill both ways so save some energy for your return trip. Nothing technical, easy ride but good workout.

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4
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4
[Sep 11, 2007]
Boynabubble
Weekend Warrior

This is a fun trail. Some nice downhill runs, hairpin turns and long speed sections, all without the large number of roots and rocks that the canal loop has. By the way I met a very nice couple on the trail today, with shovel and rake, filling in ruts and puddles and removing loose gravel after the once yearly dirt bike ride. These weren't people working for the TVA, just a nice couple volunteering to keep the trail in excellent shape. If you happen to see them on the trail, let them know that there work is greatly appreciated.

Customer Service

Start at the parking lot across from the LBL Police headquarters, on the small road connecting 68-80 to The Trace. You can start there and it will give you a couple of extra miles before Jenny Ridge and there are some smooth downhills not to be missed.

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Canal Loop
Trigg Tower/Gum Springs Trail- Shawnee, IL

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5
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3
[Nov 25, 1998]
Cindy Jones

This is a fairly easy trail that takes the rider by shallow creeks and through fern infested forests. There are a few climbs that are challenging but most of them are not technical. The trail is fairly well maintained and there are one or two sections that are rocky but mostly packed dirt with very little water and mud. The view is beautiful and in some places you feel as if you are in the middle of the Amazon.

Customer Service

Take the Trace highway in LBL and travel until you see the Jenny Ridge picnic area. The trailhead is off the parking area at the Jenny Ridge picnic area. Very easy to find in LBL

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3
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[Nov 28, 1998]
espo

Shortly you will be able to take this trail to the North South trail and continue north all the way to the canal loop. This will give you almost 40 miles of kick ass single track.

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4
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[Dec 14, 1998]
Alan Brown

The North/South trail is now (December 98) open to MTB's from Golden Pond to the North Welcome Station. This is 31 miles of nearly continous singletrack. Now the Jenny Ridge portion is linked by trail to the Canal Loop giving us 42 miles of fantastic riding. The N/S trail is not as well maintained nor ridden as much as the Canal Loop, so navigation can be a little tricky.

Customer Service

Access from Exit 31 or Exit 65 near either end of the now completed trail.

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The Canal Loop..... one of the best trails anywhere.

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4
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[Nov 09, 1999]
Skip Holschbach

We started our ride at the Ferry Landing access road, heading south on the North/South Trail, about 22.5 miles from the Golden Pond Visitor Center. This section of the N/S Trail is less ridden than the Canal Loop, and didn't seem as well marked. The trail was completely covered in leaves and fall debris, making navigation more difficult. The trail surface is also different than the Canal Loop. The trail is more rocky, rooty and washed out in places. The climbs on this trail seemed longer, steeper, and more technical than the Canal Loop, and many had alot of loose rocks and gravel. There was a great amount of environmental variety, especially between the high area and lowlands.
Although I couldn't give specific mile marks, there were numerous cool technical sections with ravine crossings, and rooty roller coaster sections. If you plan on riding more than 20 miles of the N/S trail, bring extra food and water - I needed it. I'm only giving 3 tires (3 1/2 if I could) due to the fact that all of the fall debris made way-finding more difficult and technical obstacles harder to see, both of which took away from the fun factor. I'm sure if I rode this in ideal conditions, I'd have a blast and give it 4 tires. Check this one out if you can.

Similar Products Used:

Canal Loop, N/S trail, Otter Creek

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3
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[Jun 29, 2000]
Geno

Bring Lotz of Gels, Bars, and water. If worst comes to worst turn left and hit a paved road. Make sure you Hydrate the two days before you try this ride. Tire and tubes would be a good idea. This is the epic ride to do!

Customer Service

Start at Goldenpond Vistor center ride to North vistor center stop there get some water and snacks then hit the Canal loop all the way back to Golden pond...85 miles

Similar Products Used:

Canal Loop

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4
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[Sep 20, 2000]
scott

GO! This is a must do trail in the same vein as Tsali only a lot less crowded. We started at Rd 140 and it first appeared that the trail was going to be steep up and down with washouts, ruts and rocks. However after the first half mile or so the trail smooths out and grades lessen so there is less washouts. Trail is not technical but makes up for that with great twisty sections, nice long gradual downhill sections, and the sheer mileage available. We rode to North Visitor center and did not ride Canal Loop and had approx. 38 miles. Trail was in great condition except for some places that were torn up where park lets motorcycles ride it one day a year. The motorcycles really dig out the steep short sections that tend to be littered with loose fist size rocks. Scenery is also very nice when you hit the lakeshore sections.

Customer Service

We started at Sugar Bay area and rode to North Visitor center. Trail crosses road 140 right before campground lake access. Good place to park down by lake. Trail to North will be on your right as you are driving to Sugar Bay. Go to LBL website to get a copy of area map and trail map. Or if you want start at North visitor center.

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5
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[Mar 27, 2001]
K. Medley

This is an excellent trail with lots of everthing. Some good climbs with some good downhills. I would not recommend this if you are just getting started riding though. Usually because of time requirements we just ride to sugar bay and then come back on the gravel road to the trace and then ride it back. You still get a good workout with a good cool down. Some parts have very technical climbs. I would suggest riding back on the same trail if you are in shape and have plenty of water. Don't forget to bring plenty of water by the way, and bring extra tubes or a patch kit because some parts are rocky.

Customer Service

same as above

Similar Products Used:

Canal Loop at north end of LBL

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4
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