Veterans Park Trail - Trail, Lexington, Kentucky

Veterans Park Trail - Trail, Lexington, Kentucky

DESCRIPTION

The trail is a fun single track with minor elevation changes with mostly hard packed dirt with a few loose spots. The rides along the creek are fun too. Most of your skill will be used to avoid the kids and the dog walkers.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 01, 2014]
Mike Johnson
Cross Country Rider

Kymba has done a fantastic job at creating a trail system so close to downtown Lexington. Overall the trails are pretty smooth with very few roots. There are multiple new log rollovers, berms, and rocks that are optional for more experienced riders. None of the harder obstacles are mandatory so everyone can enjoy the trails. The trails can be ridden gingerly on a Cyclocross bike or run hard on a full suspension.

The trails do see a lot of riders and you will likely encounter people going each direction. You will see all types of people enjoying the trails, from local kids from the surrounding neighborhood to many of the local racers.

While not quite up to the standards offered in Louisville, Veterans offers a good reprieve from the dangers that cars pose to road cycling.

Customer Service

Enter the park next to the tank and drive up to the top of the hill and park at one of the two shelters. The trailhead is on the left and is marked with a big map. The trail will lead downhill and will cross paths with a paved running path. Continue straight across the paved path until the trail forks into a Y. The easier and more fun route is to go right. Follow the trail around until you come to the fire road. As soon as you cross the cleared path the trail will fork again. This time take the left path into the woods. The trail will loop back to the y intersection. Turn around and run the route backwards.

There is also a decent trail that runs along side the creek bed. Instead of crossing the paved path, take a left onto the paved path until you come to the bridge. Take a right before the bridge or a left after the bridge to access and out and back each direction. The creek side paths are a bit more rooty and technical than the rest of the trails.

Similar Products Used:

Skullbuster, Waverly Park

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Sep 30, 2013]
Moses Duran
Weekend Warrior

I love the fact that we have a place to go mountain biking at but, unfortunately there are a few things that are really lacking in this park. First thing that this lacking is a sense of safety by both park staff & cyclists alike. I've taken notice that it isn't mandatory to wear helmets in the trail & if it is very few cyclists are wearing theirs. Most parks I've been to it's mandatory to wear a helmet or your bike could get confiscated by park staff if you're caught riding the trail. Park staff is barely even around so I see why people feel like they can get away with whatever they want. Trails in this park aren't even marked so you have no sense of direction or where to go. It's more like pick a trail, ride & hope you won't crash into another cyclist, hiker or dog coming at you head on. I believe in safety first when it comes to mountain biking & not to hurt myself or anyone else. I'm surprised serious accidents haven't been reported. Aside from that, you'll find a packed soil to ride on unless you find some mud spots but not mainly. Some of the trails do need maintenance though, I don't think it's a priority in the parks staff agenda of things to do. All I would like to see different is the marking of trails w/ directional sign or some sort of map. I would also like to see some sort of sign encouraging people to wear helmets. The only signs I've really seen are mile markers & signs that say more difficult. I think appropriate sings for cyclists & their safety should read as Novice/Easy, Intermediate/Medium & Hard/Difficult. This park has the potential to be a great park for mountain biking if these small issues are fixed....

Customer Service

What ever trail you can find. Main trail entrance is behind the baseball field & tank but don't expect to find many if any trail markers along the way to help you find where the park begins & ends....

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 16, 2012]
bill
Cross Country Rider

Trails have been completely rebuilt by PTP Trail Builders & KyMBA Bluegrass Chapter. There is a beginners and advanced single track trail totaling just short of 4 miles. these trails are fast and flow really well with good elevation change throughout, the advanced trail offers high berms, table tops and some tech. areas for the more hardcore rider in all of us. Overall this trail offers something for all riders of all ages and would suggest you check it out if in the area

Customer Service

Start at the entrence to the begginers trail on the hill between the Baseball fields, follow trail until you reach paved trail crossing, cross paved trail to start advanced trail which dose a loop

Similar Products Used:

capitalview in frankfort, waverly in louisville which has also been rebuilt

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 10, 2006]
osensnolf
Weekend Warrior

This is a great city trail and a great place to work on bike handeling and endurance prior to going to places such as Capital View. This single-track trail is flat for the most part and shares part of the trail with disk golfers.

The trail can be ridden several different ways.
1. (The most effective trip) Starting at the bottom of the hill, between the baseball fields and the Babe Ruth field and staying on on the trail closest to the creek. A few areas will appear difficult to climb, but once you are familiar with the trail and have built up some mussel, they wil not be hard to climb – just make sure not to fall over on your left side – into the creek. If you keep going, you will come to an opening that has recently been mowed. You can look ahead and still see the trail – so keep on going. Once again, you will come to an opening. Go across the mulch section and the trail will be a little in front of you towards the right. This is a slow uphill climb and is great for working the legs. Just keep going around the hill and eventually you will come back down and make a complete circle.

2. The second route is great for bike handeling but not for building endurance. This features more downhill and less peddaling. If you have a decent braking system and like taking sharp turns while going down hill, you will like this method. Me, personally, I prefer the first option. To start on this trail, go up to the Babe Ruth ball filed (in the back of the park) and get on the paved trail on the 1st base line. Go straight back into the woods and take your first left (going straight is another option but I’ll let you find that out on your on). You will enter a grass section and stay on it and make the next left, keeping you on the grass, and then make another left, putting you onto an enterance into the woods. Make a right and there you are.

I highly recommend this trail for anyone who lives in Lexington and wants a good 30-60 minute bike ride. Although some of the other places are great, it’s hard to leave work at 5PM and then go from Lexington to Frankfort and get there at 6PM and ride for an hour and come back at night during the week.

There are a lot more riders during the weekend but not so many that I would arrange my schedule to avoid them. Most are regulars and are curtious to other bikers and joggers.

Like most trailes, VP has a lot of exposed roots and stumps that you need to watch for. Trail maintiance is ok, but could be better

Want to go riding, let me know.

Steven Gabbard
osensnolf@hotmail.com

Customer Service

The fastest way. Man O'War to Tates Creek - Tates Creek to Clearwater - Clearwater to...... make a left past Veterans Park Elem. School.

Make a left at the tank and make a right at the stop sign or go straight and park.

Similar Products Used:

Trail to Heaven.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 02, 2003]
fatburt
Cross Country Rider

This is a decent trail for being in a city. It's great for weeknight rides because it's so close to home. I can ride from my garage to the trail in about 3 minutes. I have to give it high marks fro that alone. There are a few very challenging sections of twisty singletrack that are good for skill developement. Only one decent downhill.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 04, 2000]
Todd

Forget the kids and walkers....look out for bambi. The last time I was at the trail I was literally attacked by a deer. The deer hit me in the back, and knocked me off my bike before it ran away.
Recommendation for trail : get some animal repel whistles put on you bike

Customer Service

all the trail

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 11, 2000]
Damon

This trail is great for a quick stint, if you can ride to it. The main problem with the trail is that it is too short. I wouldn't drive here to ride this trail. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, it's great for a city park. None of the other parks around here have anything like it.

The trail itself is mostly narrow, so some skill is required. There are also sharp inclines, abrupt creekbed type recesses and trails that run perilously close to the creek, which make the trail inappropriate for some recreational type riders (such as my wife), but keep it entertaining enough for those who are more ambitious. For those recreational riders, there are mowed trails through a large natural type field area, which are easier to navigate.

Overall, this park is beautiful. The woods and natural fields are truly incredible for a city park. Lexington exercised great restraint when deciding which parts of the land to develop. It is also very clean considering the density of the nearby neighborhoods.

Lastly, you will have to look out for the walkers etc. There is virtually no room to pass. Some walkers may act as if bikes shouldn't be on the trail, but there is no prohibition. So if you live close, go for it!

Customer Service

Ride the whole trail. The best starting point is the one set forth in the original submission of this trail for review. For a leisurely ride, you can also follow the creed all the way out to Clearwater way on the park grass.

Similar Products Used:

I don't know of any close ones, but if anybody does, please post.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 03, 2001]
Jon

Decent trail for being actually in Lexington since there is nothing else in town. No elevation change. No technical challenge (accept keeping from falling in the creek), but kinda fun if you live close by. Don't go out of your way to get here, but if you live in Lexington, come ride here. It beats the pavement any day.

Customer Service

Take off in any direction from the aformentioned bridge. You can't get lost.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 11, 2001]
Jay

not bad at all for being in the city. a couple of decent climbs, and tight trail through the trees. really pretty scenery. the wooden bridges are fun sort of. if you're in Lexington, might as well come on out. there are definitely deer here.

Customer Service

already mentioned

Similar Products Used:

please tell us more trails in the area.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 25, 2001]
Marlin

Great trail for a city park. I love this little trail, it is just so close by and makes an easy afternoon ride to burn off daily stress. The trail is relatively flat, but is still a great trail fo beginners or those of us stuck here in town all the time.

Customer Service

same as above

Similar Products Used:

Stoney cove at cave run rules

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
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