Big Limestone - TRAIL

Big Limestone - Trail, Morehead, Kentucky

After the first part the trail narrows to singletrack and follows the ridgetops. Turn left on Sheltowee trace and head for the dam. At the fork the downhill begins the longer downhill is the left fork, it is also doubletrack and very fast, the right fork is shorter but singletrack and very technical. at the bottom you can ride the trail up or take FS 16 back up.

User Reviews (6)

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Troy Warnken   Cross Country Rider [Oct 28, 2013]

Singletrack, double track, gravel roads, a bit of real roads. Wet and wide in sections a fricken blast.

Customer Service

To me this is the only trail worth riding down at the Cave. I like to start at the ranger station and go up the Sheltowee towards 60. Turn right on Lakeside, this is a fun downhill run. Take right after the bridge and ride out back to the road. Take a left on the road and go up FS road 16. This is over a 4 mile gravel ride with an easy uphill in the beginning. There is a left hand split in a fork on the road and that is a good way in. Take the left fork. This will turn into the big limestone trail. It is usually wet and wide but not bad. You will hit 3 big climbs and descents in a row.

After the 3 climbs/descents in a row you intersect the Sheltowee trail once again. You can go right and ride down to the suspension bridge and come back all the way on Sheltowee back or the car. I prefer to take a left at that intersection and go back to the car. This is the part you came to ride just awesome ridgeline trail with a fun descent back to the car. This loop is about 15 miles so I like to do it twice.

Similar Products Used: Not sure how the rest of the trails are here but I do not think they are worth the time. There are trails at the gorge but not sure the details.
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Michael Joseph, a Williamson   Weekend Warrior [Dec 17, 2007]

Yes Limestone Knob is a short side trail off Sheltowee but by connecting it to Forrest Service Roads a nice loop can be made with some overlooks for a short hike up. Fast Gravel Downhill or single track either way.

Customer Service

You can park at the (801) Visitors center or near there ride the trail uphill single track, dont turn left, turn right for limestone trail. You go thru a couple of saddles then it turns to old logging road for 3-4miles, then to gravel. Hike up on the Amburgy Rocks for a great view of morehead. You are on a side road FS16a or #962? old maps have different numbers? The gravel road ends about 1.5miles at FS16 Turn Right to go back to 801 nice long fast downhill gravel road across from Twin Knobs. ~3miles back on blacktop to Visitors Center. OR do in reverse ( connection side trail accross from the goose pond instead of the single track if preferred)

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Lane   [Apr 23, 1999]

Exhilirating ride very fast I can not pedal fast enough on the ridge tops. Downhill is fast and a forearm burner

Similar Products Used: All
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Eric   [Sep 12, 1999]

The trail is a little deceiving at first. You'll start out on fireroad covered in large gravel. The gravel eventually ends and you start on a rather fast and mostly clear fireroad. It's pretty much overgrown and the grass between the 2 tracks hide a couple large rocks. The fire road turns into some tight single track about 1.5 miles in. The 1st descent is one of the most difficult on the whole trail with many washed out roots which force you to add speed on a pretty steep and rocky descent. The rocks were very loose so so expect a lot of skidding. At the bottom of this downhill you'll switch over to a rather steep and technical ascent. We only made it half way up before pushing set in. Lots of large rocks, roots, and logs in the way. Once you reach the top of this hill the rest of the trail is easy in comparison. At the 1st trail marker turn left towards the dam and visitors center. It's 4 miles and you'll pass one other trail marker. To get to the dam and visitors center keep right. It's a fast trail with some short but steep climbs, nothing impossible but a couple turns will have you holding your breath. At the visitors center and dam there is a drinking fountain inside. It's open on Saturdays till 6:00. There is supposed to be a fountain at the dam also but I didn't see it.

Customer Service

The directions at the top of this page are close, but the first few steps are wrong. 1st, when you take the Morehead exit from I64, turn right to head towards Morehead. Then turn right to 60, not left. The rest of the directons are coorect. Once you turn on to 1274 you'll have to watch closely for FS16. It's a gravel road less than 2 miles on 1274. The sign is small and in bad condition. It's just a little brown sign that says '16'. Finding it was the hardest part of the trip.

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tom dressman   [Sep 28, 2000]

i was wet only went about 1.5 miles had to turn around.
after getting through the large gravel it appears
to be a great ridge trail when dry. unless doing a
loop. i was recommend turning around at sheltowee trace
intersection

Customer Service

directions to forest road #16 end of it, the trail head
is actually off of fs rd#495 i think which is off of
fs#16. trail sign had been removed

Similar Products Used: short ride on forest service rd#1225 off zilpo area
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alan bell   [Nov 01, 2000]

Good intermediate singletrack, gradual intermediate climb. May be some down trees. Forest Service had tornado damage cleaned out in 1997, but Sheltowee was slightly rerouted on the US 60 side of the hill.

Customer Service

Since the Big Limestone Trail is much too short (3.5 miles) to travel to just ride it, I'd suggest riding the Sheltowee Trace, starting at KY 801 at the Morehead Ranger Station/Visitor's Center, heading east up the hill, along the ridge, and down the other side to Triplett Creek toward US 60. Then, take a side trip on the Big Limestone Trail, either going or on the way back.

Similar Products Used: For a weekend of trail riding, camping facilities available on other side of Cave Run Lake at Zilpo Campground. Buckskin Trail runs off campground and connects to large network of trails on south side of lake.
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Michael Joseph; Williamson   [Mar 01, 2001]

there is only about 6miles of actual single track on this segment also some fast old log road and double track and gravel road. You will pass some geat overlooks of Morehead, valley of Triplett creek and the Cave run lake. Before you get back to 16A turnoff there is a wide spot parking area on FS16 for Lockeegee Rock, you can ride out to it and hike up for a view back to the lake be carefull people have fallen!

Customer Service

Start at Amburgy Rocks off fs16 and make a loop back to your conveyance(vechicle) by taking a left when you reach the lake over look 6miles? there was a routered sign the last time I did this in y2k. ride the dozered road 2miles or so down to a powerlin that comes out on 801 then left to Twinn Knobs and fs16 intersection this is one mile on blacktop +/- take fs16 back to the fs16a and back to your transportation you'll be tired but it's a great long ride 18miles?

Similar Products Used: Sheltowee between rt799 and 32 between Morehead and I-64 and the trailhead near Lewis County to Holly Fork Road segment one way.
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