Redbird Crest Trail - TRAIL

Redbird Crest Trail - Trail, Manchester, Kentucky

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User Reviews (9)

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John71   Racer [Jul 29, 2004]

I have been moutain biking for about the past year and a half and of all the trails and races I've done, none compares to the Crest trail. It has some sweet climbs and some awesome downhills. The best part is the speed and the bank turns that sets you up for some nice jumps! Which some hills are rutted out and some places have some baby head rock but everyone needs a little tough riding sometimes! Well, unless your from Chicago! Seeing all the deer and turkey is just a bonus on this trail.

Customer Service

We usually ride sections of this trail 2 or 3 times a week if possible. The trail is up to about a 75 miles loop and so far the best rote is counter clockwise.

Similar Products Used: Laurel Lake trail is an awesome single track trail
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5
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3
Little Pal   [Apr 30, 2000]

I will never go to this trail again. The crazy rednecks do not know whats going on, I told the ranger that we were riding mt. bikes and he told to make sure my gas tank was full. If your a redneck and have a dirtbike go if not stay the hell away.

Customer Service

Go twords Kentucky for five minutes than turn around and go to your favorite trail

Similar Products Used: none I hate Kentucky and every hillbilly that lives there.
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1
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Big Dick   [Aug 16, 2000]

Little Pal and other sissy boys like him need to stay up North with their bicycles and ride in the park...the riding down here is for people with BALLS!
(young or old / male or female) there's something for everyone.

Customer Service

There's hundreds of miles of both public & private trails in this area...go to the Ranger station and hit any of the trails up Double Creek or Sugar Creek. Ask any of the locals where to go from there.

Similar Products Used: S Tree near McKee, KY
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4
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Diamond Dave   [Oct 08, 2000]

The little weasel from Chicago at the bottom of the review of this trail is an ass. Ive never met anyone from north of the Ohio that didnt have a low opinion of the south. Its rediculous. When you go mountain biking in an area you are unfamiliar with, you dont ask park rangers for advice. They can tell you which tree bark to eat but not where to ride. You go to the local bike shop. When I go to Chicago to ride I dont ask a traffic cop where the trails are....????
Come get a taste of true hospitality and serious riding WITH HILLS next time. And dont base your opinions of a region on a select few unimformed strangers you meet. I love the lake front and will be back to Chicago again this year for some awesome pizza, but I wont stop coming just because I now know a real jerk-off like you resides there.

Similar Products Used: The London Lake trail (part of the Sheltowee Trace.
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4
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Lil Pal   [Feb 05, 2001]

I would say sorry for the bad review but the trail sucked not just the people, and im an a-hole so shut your face hick. I still give it a tire but only because i have too if i could id give it a big fat ZERO. Not just for the trail but for all the zeros in KY and dont forget to wear your helmet!!

Customer Service

Same as befor

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Jeremy   [Oct 09, 2001]

Sorry, but I haven't ridden the trail. Rather, this is a "review" of Lil Pal and his eloquent appraisal of this trail, Kentucky, and its people. While I am country, I take offense to being categorized as "hick" and "redneck" by some inarticulate dolt who is rivaled by a 4th grader in the area of grammar, spelling, and mechanics. Nice to see what skills the Chicago public school system is pumping out...or did you finish high school?

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5
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Red Rider   [Jan 18, 2002]

I've never ridden these trails on a mountain bike since I bought a dirt bike a few years ago and decided it was a lot faster and safer (more suspension). However, I used to mountain bike extensively before I converted to motorized power. Both of these sections of provide some gnarly singletrack. It's extremely technical in a few places, up 200 feet at a 70 degree angle on one side of the trail, down 200 at the same angle on the other side. The trail is 6"-12" wide all the way in these sections. If would have been nice to have been able to get off and lift the bike over a few of the rocks. . .There's also some great camping back in these woods. You can usually find a forest road or even one of the trails and pack a sleeping bag and tarp in and just sleep on the ground in the complete middle of nowhere. . .Not often in today's world you can find this kind of seclusion.

Customer Service

single track between ranger station and big double picnic area. also the single track on the other side of the road from the ranger station. See the maps at the ranger station for more directions

Similar Products Used: S-Tree in McKee has some good very fast mt. bike trails. Not singletrack, but good hardpacked 4-wheeler trails (not rutted out). Very fast, but still entertaining.
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Kevin   [May 28, 2002]

The Redbird Crest Trail is a 60 mile loop. Some of it is rated for motorcycles only, some for ATV's, horses, etc. I rode sections 19-22, then hiked sections 1-4 (see below for a link to the topo map). This was an incredible, difficult, wonderful trail. I would recommend this trail for anyone who likes climbing, who is a top-level rider, or who wants to spend several days extensively exploring the area. We only had two nights/one day to spend there, and there was no way to see everything the area had to offer.

Topo maps of the trail may be found at http://www.southernregion.fs.fed.us/boone/5reda.pdf
(/5redb.pdf, etc.)

Sections 1 and 21 of these trails are obscenely difficult climbs--roughly 800 feet total, narrow, rocky, with a lot of motorcycle ruts. All but the best riders should expect to push their bikes quite a bit (we did). However, once you reach the crest, the trails run along the ridges, combining incredible views with demanding singletrack. I don't think I've ever enjoyed a trail as much as this one.

I talked to some motorcycle guys who knew the trails well, and they said the initial climbs were the most difficult portions of the trails. However, they also indicated that there were a number of ways to get to the top of the ridges without these arduous climbs. I can suggest one alternate route for the faint of heart: Take Gas Well Rd(which begins at the corner where section 1 begins)up into the hills. This gravel road dead-ends at sections 18-19. You probably could park up there and ride.

I would most encourage this trail for people who have several days to commit to riding, and who want to combine riding/hiking/camping. This is a remote, pristine area. We went on Memorial Day weekend and hardly saw anyone. I'm giving these trails 4 stars because of the motorcycle ruts and difficulty level, Again, these trails are not for everyone. A superb rider might give these a 5; a poor rider perhaps a 1. For someone in the middle like me, these are almost too much to handle, but still a blast if you enjoy the wild, beautiful Kentucky hills.

Customer Service

Take I75 to London, KY, then the Daniel Boone Pkwy to Rt. 66, about 20 miles west of Manchester. Take 66 S off of this exit. From there you can follow the signs to the ranger station. The ranger station is on the right hand (south) side of the road, on the north side is the redbird river. There is a little bridge that runs across the river to a large field. Park at the field and take off!

Similar Products Used: Mammoth Cave Trails (advanced trail is great)
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4
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Sean McCutcheon   [Mar 18, 2003]

Myself and 3 others rode the whole loop last October. We went into thinking it was a 52 mile loop but actually it was about 80 miles. We highly recommend you take extra gas if you don't have at least a 3.2 gallon tank. We had a buddy that ran out with a 2.6 gallon tank. He had to use reserve to get him back. The other 3 had WR's which have 3.2 gallon takes and we made it without reserve. The trails are deffinately for expert riders. I would not recommend quads. We also had to push are bikes in some areas.

We had so much fun,we have a group of guys planning a trip April 11th and 12th of 2003.

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5
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