Sal Hollow - TRAIL

Sal Hollow - Trail, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

Singletrack through the state park. Connects with various other trails along the way (both singletrack and fire road).

User Reviews (12)

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nlleonard   Cross Country Rider [May 09, 2012]

TRAILS IS CLOSED. equestrians took the trail over sept 2010. we are waiting patiently (with our fingers crossed) for the new Big Hallow Trail to open in Mammoth Cave.

Similar Products Used: Green river lake sp, nolin lake has a new trail going in (not yet open as of this post), youngers creek in Elizabeth town, ben hawes in owensboro, ky, then lock 4 in gallatin TN
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lankyruss   Cross Country Rider [Dec 09, 2010]

This was my first mountain bike trial, and although I struggled at first, I have grown to love it as I built my endurance. The front half is technically easy except for a tricky creek crossing, but the cardio aspect is still strong. The clearing at the halfway point allows you to take a gravel road back to the parking area. If you are exhausted at this point, I recommend it--the back half is much more difficult...and more rewarding.

Customer Service

I recommend either riding the full loop or turning around at the halfway point for a easier trip of similar length. The fire road (Buffalo) is full of long, boring climbs in gravel.

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Rudy   Cross Country Rider [Oct 22, 2008]

This is the best flowing trail I have ridden. It's smooth and not technical but super fun. My friend and I plan on ridding it again.

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Squirrel Girl   Cross Country Rider [Jul 05, 2007]

I started from the parking area and followed the Sal Hollow Trail. It was fast and flowy. Somewhere this trail was labeled "advanced" but the first 5-6 miles were "beginner." There were a few armored gulleys that only the newest newbies would think twice over. There were a couple smooth rocks in the trail, but very few.

The day I rode, there were some fallen trees not cleared. WATCH OUT FOR POISON IVY!! I wish I'd had Ivy Block ahead of time.

Around mile 6, where the map shows squiggles, the trail drops down into a deep valley. The trail is eroded and rocky. I would describe it as an "intermediate" downhill. Beginners would be unhappy, but it wasn't really an advanced downhill. Then you climb back up. At the top, I turned back on the Buffalo doubletrack for a fast trip back to the parking lot for a loop of 11 miles.

It was a beautiful trail.

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DRLanham   Cross Country Rider [Jan 23, 2004]

They have change this trail up some recently. The new route for Sal Hollow is very rocky in spots, and isn't broken in as of 12/2003. There are several sections that don't dry well in the winter, so keep pedaling lest your get stuck in the mud and get your feet wet. In general it is a great trail, but there is a steep rocky down hill section that is also steep and rocky coming back up. I did walk the bike back up that section, however some of you guys will be better up for the challenge. Not for beginners, unless you take the buffalo loop, which cuts out the difficult stuff.

Customer Service

Take the full Sal Hollow if you want the 13 miles, or if you want it easier or you are a beginner, take the Buffalo route.

Similar Products Used: This is the best I know of in this area, and where I ride when visiting my parents in Bowling Green.
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Chris Caldwell   [Jul 20, 1999]

There are some good downhills and some technical uphills which require some dismounts and walks. Generally is is up and down on hardpack, but in the valleys there are a number of grapefruit sized rocks which suck! The trial is curently in good shape overall, but the park service is working on erosion control on certain areas. Generally not a good trail for beginners, but intermediate and better riders should enjoy this trail.

Customer Service

I generally start at the trailhead, ride Sal Hollow to the end and make a return trip. Good for about 2 - 3 hours of riding.

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Sam Stout   [Dec 22, 1999]

Beware for large piles of horse dung

Customer Service

The best thing about the trails at Mammoth cave is that you cane camp in the park at many campsites near and far from trailheads. Make a weekend out of it!

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JJ   [Mar 19, 2000]

The trail is in good shape after the winter. It's only been open a couple years and the B.G. bike club is working with the park rangers to get it into better shape. One uphill is unridable (for me) and will be rerouted. Not a trail for beginners, lots of deer and turkey if your kinda quite.
Trail Maintenance Days with the park rangers for 2000 are April 15, May 20, Sept 23 and Oct 21. If anyone would like to help contact me. We usually ride afterwards. Tools and lunch are provided.

Customer Service

Same as above.

Similar Products Used: Green River, Otter Creek, Lock 4 (in TN), Sheltowee Trace
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nate   [Jun 06, 2000]

My first "technical" trail ride. Spots of the trail are very rough, but most of the path is a very cool ride. Being my first time I wasn't sure what to expect and was overwhelmed at first but got into a good grove about half way. I will definitely be helping in the cleanup efforts and be regular on the Sal Hollow.
Before tackling this trail make sure you have built up a good endurance/cadence. This trail is very strenuous (atleast it was for me)!

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Ben   [Dec 05, 2000]

This trail is pretty technical. it has some pretty awesome downhills that you'll want to bomb more than once. The best thing is you can camp nearby. i suggest the waterfall campsite about 2 miles away

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