Cherokee Park Trails - Trail, Louisville, Kentucky

Cherokee Park Trails - Trail, Louisville, Kentucky

DESCRIPTION

Lots of good climbs and downhills. Pretty technical when encountering roots rocks or even some obstacles people have built into the trail.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 14, 2014]
Jeremy Belcher
Racer

The Cherokee/Seneca trail can be a leisurely ride in some flat and rolling sections while becoming a technically challenging trail with climbs and descents that include some roots and rock. A real crowd pleaser. I'm rating this with all threes as this trail has a pleasant mix of challenges and recovery sections. I post trail conditions as often as possible, follow @radiobelcher on Twitter if interested.

Customer Service

I prefer to start and end at the Dog Hill with a fast descent to go into trail mode, then finish the workout with a tough climb out before I head back to my house.

Similar Products Used:

Waverly in the South End, Eva Bandman (cross track) for those interested in anything off road

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 27, 2013]
Dave in Kansas
Weekend Warrior

I rode this trail on Friday afternoon, June 21, 2013. A blast, in spite of the heat and humidity. Met a local crew of four and tagged along with them. Two were a father-daughter duo with a significant amount of experience with these trails. This really helped me as I tend to go too fast in spite of my lack of experience. Before the meet up, two crashes. After the meet up, zero crashes. Just sayin'!
Fast with some slightly technical portions near the creek/highway. (Guess where I crashed?). Lots of curves, short climbs, fast downhill sections. All in all a good riding experience. In the middle of a city (?) who knew? Cherokee Park trails rival any of the trails I ride here in KC area of KS and MO. I dropped in at the fountain as someone on here recommended and was not disapponted in the least. Cannot wait to return to the state of my birth and ride again some day. The only complaint I have is that there is no, as in ZERO signage on these trails so you have no idea where you are and what to expect around the next curve or climb until you have ridden multiple times. Otherwise, I highly recommend this trail system.

Customer Service

First ride so no clue.

Similar Products Used:

Lexington, KY-Veterans Park

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 07, 2011]
Joshua
Racer

When I first came to Louisville, I didn't know the freeze/thaw cycle and rode these trails in January. I wouldn't recommend it--I've done plenty of muddy rides, but this one was up there in the unrideable category.

Came back yesterday (after riding Waverly Park a few weeks ago and being disappointed with the lack of flow), and was blown away. When the trails are dry, the are really a pleasure to ride. Yes, there are climbs, but if you struggle up the climbs, the downhills make it worth it. Banked corners, flow--this is what mountain biking is.

Customer Service

Clockwise from near the top of the hill on the Scenic loop where "Cherokee Park" is on google maps. It's hard to find trails when you cross the road sometimes, but once you know where you are going it is amazing!

Here's a general idea of the trails--also check out the other reviewer's gps map. Seneca's section of trails are decent, but nothing compared to Cherokee. They are so tight with overgrowth that it's difficult to get speed.

http://app.strava.com/rides/522515

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 29, 2010]
tshulthise
Weekend Warrior

The Cherokee/Seneca trails are the best in Louisville in my opinion. I like Waverly but there's just more variety and challenge at Cherokee. If you find someone to show you the way around you can make a 12 mile loop that will take you through about 700 feet of climbing total. This includes 4 relatively steep climbs (if you include Dog Hill) of about 100' each. For the beginner to moderate level mtb'r these hills will challenge your cardio as well as your technical skills as you navigate roots, rocks and logs while going up and down hills. Adding the climb up Dog Hill makes the cardio workout most excellent.

The trails are almost impossible to follow even with a map. Its best to go on a group ride (see this site for beginner to intermediate level group rides http://www.meetup.com/Louisville-Mountainbikers/about/). Once you've been through 4 or 5 times you will know your way around pretty well.

There are a few sections where you will reach approximately 20 mph on some nice sweeping downhills with banked curves. There's one section a mile or two past Hogan's Fountain that is fairly technical with some tough large root crossings going uphill and some slow but steep rocky drops. Something for everyone.

A beginner should plan on taking over two hours to make the 12 mile loop. Intermediate riders can do it in 90 minutes. Racers can probably make it in an hour or so.

I give it a 5 because its very close, pretty well maintained and it offers enough variety that I don't get tired of riding it over and over.

Customer Service

See this site for a GPS route of the trails... http://connect.garmin.com/activity/37756920

Taking this path counter clockwise will give you the best experience.

Similar Products Used:

Waverly Park, Fort Duffield, Briar Hill, Younger's Creek

A little drive away...
French Lick (awesome trails), Brown County (very good trails and 30+ miles of very well marked trails), Capitol View (Frankfort, KY... hard to follow)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 22, 2008]
nonparrishable
Weekend Warrior

I really enjoyed the trails...once I found people that knew their way around. The trails are very poorly marked and are very broken across roads and fields.
The trails themselves were great, everything from speed sections to technical sections. There are a lot of trails, if you know where to find them. I was unable to find any real trail maps anywhere.
I would certainly recommend these trails. The only thing that needs changed is the total lack of trail markings. This is a simple detail to fix, it is just a matter of someone actually doing it. Marking is the only reason I gave it four stars instead of five.

Occasional hikers, but not often enough to hinder a good ride.

Customer Service

Whatever you can find. Trails are poorly marked.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 26, 2007]
Richmondmike
Weekend Warrior

This is a gorgeous park. You really forget you’re in Louisville. Feels like you’re deep in the woods, and then you suddenly come out and you’re in a city park. Brilliant. The trails are very well maintained, and really fun to ride. Lots of challenges, but also plenty of fun sections. I love them. My only complaint is that if you don’t live there, like me, you’ll have a heck of a time finding a consistent loop. The trails are not well marked at all. I got a lot of fun riding in, but I spent quite a bit of time looking for the trailheads. I also ended up on walking trails due to poor marking, and I hate to be that mountain biker, ya know? So yes, great trails, but the seems like the park needs to make it more rider-friendly.

Similar Products Used:

Fort Duffield's downhill blew my mind.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Oct 02, 2006]
Di Kerrigan
Downhiller

I LOVE the trails in Cherokee. I can be on the trail within minutes of my house. The single track trails are technical in some sections, and other sections are fast and fun. You can go forever. I have a shorter route that is about 40 minutes, but this can be extended to hours when you include the Wilderness trail and the trail that is behind the golf course.

Similar Products Used:

Waverly Park

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 01, 2006]
LouMTB
Cross Country Rider

Please be advised of the recent signage from the Local Metro Parks Department. Do to the unusual amount of Rouge trails spurting up they are closing many of them. They have also made everything South of the Creek (Including Hogans Fountain) OFF LIMITS. DO NOT RIDE as you could jeprodize the remaining access.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 21, 2004]
riptide
Cross Country Rider

I ride cherokee twice a week. I live really close but that's not the only reason I ride there so often. The trails at cherokee are a lot of fun once you figure out or are shown the loop there. There is a lot of twisty turny singltrack with medium hills and roots and rocks and technical stuff. It's a great workout and great fun to ride. There is one place in the park where there are a lot of gay guys walking around but this is only a half mile section in about 12 mile loop from seneca park to cherokee and then the wilderness loop.

Customer Service

I like to park near the wilderness loop trailhead and proceed to cherokee first doing a loop there and finishing up with the 2 mile wilderness loop. This makes for a 9 mile ride.

Similar Products Used:

Briar Hills is really fun with 5 or 6 miles of trails. The favorite in the louisville area is Otter Creek which is outside of the city and I have only been there once. Waverly Park is hillier than cherokee and harder to navigate through but really nice.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 27, 2004]
hotcad
Cross Country Rider

Starting at Hogans fountain, the trail starts on the oposite side of the fountain from the parking lot. This trail is outstanding and offers good climbing,downhill, and technical sections. I went both directions afer a short easy downhill behind the fountain. The trail to the left went down to the creek and then you go over a bridge to who knows where, but eventually I found my way to other loops and back to the top at the fountain, just keep trying the loops off the road you will find adventure, what fun. You guys in Louisville are lucky, this is a great place to ride.

Customer Service

Just go to Cherokee park and find the fountain at the top of the hill, the trail head is on the other side of the fountain

Similar Products Used:

Haven't ridden any other trails

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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