Cave Run Lacke and Daniel Boone National Forest - Trail, Morehead, Kentucky

Cave Run Lacke and Daniel Boone National Forest - Trail, Morehead, Kentucky

DESCRIPTION

I just got back from this area and I definitely plan to return. I had read all the reviews, which heaped nothing but pure praise on these trails, but none of them told much about where to ride. Luckily our group ran into 2 guys from Indiana who had been there before. First off these trails are fairly smooth and fast with enough rocks and roots to make it interesting. We road 63 mile in 2 1/2 days. The way the trail is cut there are very few major climbs which means most of your day is spent having fun instead of climbing. My idea of having fun isnt climbing for 3 hours only to have 30 minutes of downhill. As soon as you get there, go to the visitor center to get a map. The number there is (606) 784-5624. Our first loop started at Stoney cove. We took Caney Loop Trail to the Sheltowee Trail, which led us back to Stoney cove. The next ride was from Zilpo Recreation Area to Stoney cove. This trail takes you along the lake. Another single track we took was Trail 107 starting at Zilpo Scenic Byway to 112 ending back up at the Zilpo Scenic Byway. This was a short loop. We had to travel on a fire service road for a little ways before the trail really got good. Be careful not to miss the single track that branches of the fire road. This trail is definitely worth it. There are several other combinations you can try in this area, these are the only ones we did due to time constraints. Lastly we Road a little bit of Big Limestone. We started at the Visitors Center, which I wouldnt recommend. The downfalls are that not every ride loops around which means it best if you have two vehicles, one to take you there and one to retrieve the other vehicle. Another pitfall is that this is a multi purpose trail that is used for hikers and horseback riders. However, I wouldnt let either of those stop me from riding these trails again.

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[Sep 05, 2007]
ELduder
Cross Country Rider

There is no more difficult and challenging place to ride within many hours from Cincinnati. I have ridin here for a long time but not in a long time. This place has seen better days and is really a hiking trail they let us ride on. This place will test you, your bike and your suffering ability like no other. Some parts of the trails are so eroded it is like riding in a canoe. Big rocks some stationary some move, very exposed roots it has it all to challenge any mountain biker and I guarantee if you ride here you will hike a bike for certain. I have to give it a 3 overall due to the deteriation of these trails. For tech and difficulty 5 is not even close to being high enough.

Customer Service

Avoid Buckskin from the Buckskin trailhead by Zilpo to the 108 intersection. There are about 20+ trees to climb over and there are a couple very heinous creek crossing that you hit that are really beyond a creek crossing. The best trails to ride here are from the top of the Sheltowee by where it gets real close to the road down to Buckskin over to Cave Run trail # 112 back up to the five points then #107 back to the road and do another lap. That is this side of the park. Sheltowee along that stretch is just fast with incredible rock gardens and deep sand due to the drought. Buckskin #113 from there has nice flow some short ups and nice view next to the lake. #112 is a doable climb all the way to the top with the exception of 2 former switchbacks (lack of maintanance and overusage by horse, mtb an hiker and water has takin its toll). Trails are all pretty well overgrown and of course pay attention for equestrian folk they use all the trails down here.

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Caney loop is fun and much easier. Used to ride Big Limestone but not sure how that is either.

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3
VALUE
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5
[Jul 05, 2007]
Squirrel Girl
Cross Country Rider

I should have read these reviews and believed them instead of reading singletrack.net. I rode here July 3, 2007 and the trail was, indeed, badly overgrown. I parked at Buckhorn Trail parking area, just outside the gate by Zilpo (15 miles south and east of Salt Lick). I went 3/4 miles before I turned around and decided it just wasn't worth it. There were a lot of freshly fallen trees with green leaves and pine needles, but there were also old trees across the trails. And I'm not talking about fun hopping logs. They were pick up your bike PITA trees. There were a lot of brambley things overhanging the trail, too. It wasn't long before I had a new hole in one glove and a spot of blood on my glove where a thorn from the multiflora pricked me.

Icing on the cake---I acquired two ticks from the venture. Yippie. Not.

Customer Service

Go somewhere else.

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1
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3
[May 10, 2004]
djjaz428
Weekend Warrior

I went here Sunday (5/9/2004) intending to do a coulpe hours of single track riding. What I found were the worst trails ever. First, the trails are not designed for mtn biking, Most of the trails contain large rock and downhills with super sharp cut backs. None of the downhills allow you to maintain any momentum to get back up. There are tons of little creek that must be waded through. Second, all the trails were absolutely destroyed by horses, which compounds the first problem. There were huge muddy areas with massive ruts created from horse hooves. These ruts collect rain water and made a perfect breading ground for mosquitos. In addition, the horse she-it, which was everywhere, provided ample food for the millions of flys. Thats not even the worst, the areas is complete infested with ticks, who love horses. Third, the map provided at the ranger station appears professional. However, it far from it. The map lacks any kind of direction, nothing points the direction of North, and there is no scale to determine milage. Also, many named and signed trails we encountered were not even on the map. Large gravel roads were completely left off the map. Basically, dont go here to bike! Our two hour bike ride turned into 6 hours lost in the wood w/o water. During that time we never saw another human, basically because everyone know how much it sux.

Customer Service

NONE

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1
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3
[Jan 20, 2000]
Hoss

This is an excellent place to ride. This is on par with best in Ohio and comparable to Pisgah. There are some technical spots and a few places with excellent jumps. Read the trail description above by Jeff for trail selection, this makes for an excellent long weekend of riding. I also highly recommend camping at Cave Run Lake campground and try to get a site on the lake. Spectacular view. I will go back.

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5
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[Jan 20, 2000]
Leader

Similar to Pisgah without the climbs and better than Tsali. A must take trip for anyone within a 5 hour radius. Get a map and RIDE ON!

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5
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[Jun 04, 2000]
Harrison Hartman

I arrived late in the afternoon and rode only the Cave Run Lake trail loop. The ride was pleasant with several mild ups and downs. Wet weather creeks riddled my path. I went in early spring which contirbuted to the muddy state. The loop was a total of six miles or so, 2 miles of which is rather straight and wide on the Sheltowee trail - welcome after consistent fore and after looping on the lake trial. Total time at a consistent, yet relaxed pace was 2 hours.

Overall, very nice, but would recommend a drier season for visits (or better wet gear than I had - although cleaning my bike was no picnic either).

I shall definately return. This trail is appropriate for intermediate riders, although spirited beginners may find it just the thing.

Customer Service

Park in the lot just after the dam in Stoney Cove. Take the gravel trail up just a biot and look for trail heads on the left and right. The Lake trail is on the left.

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Sounds like several in the area... I'll be sure to check them out.

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3
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[Aug 22, 2000]
Kevin Jeffers

see above.

Customer Service

take the buckskin northwest of Zilpo campground ( turn off of HWY 60 @ town of Salt Lick to get to Zilpo Area ) towards Caney fork loop ( the Dam ) but instead of following buckskin all the way, take a detour to the cave run trail - this runs thru a creek "hollow" and you cross back and forth thru the creekbed with some old fashioned KY slickrock. tons of fun and jumps. Then double back along the buckskin to continue to Caney loop or backtrack the buckskin which you just rode - back to Zilpo. be sure and go to the north end of the Cave Run trail though, access the fire road at the top of the hill to ride the downhill along the creek, or it will be NO FUN uphill.

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3
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[Sep 02, 2000]
Jon Freeman

best ride in the area. follow the gravel up the hill and go left at the intersection (sign says Caney trail) Stay on this well marked trail until it intersects with the Sheltowee. A left with take you deeper into the trail system, a right with take you back to the trailhead and your car. A nice lunch and a dip in Cave Run should follow this ride! Some people has said that this is a good trail for beginners, but I would recommend some experience because the rocky downhill portions can be a bit hairy at high speeds.

Customer Service

Stoney Cove trailhead. Caney loop to Sheltowee Trace back to Stoney Cove trailhead.

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pick up a trail map at the visitor center (among other places) and pick any loop you want. a second vehicle for shuttling will increase your possiblities even more.

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5
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[Sep 28, 2000]
tom dressman

being fortyish, this was a perfect trail for the
adventure minded beginner or intermediate rider.
the up & down caney trail was exhilerating coupled with the shelowtee trail on return to the stoney
cove parking area. storms must have recently downed
trees partially blocking all trails in area.
be careful to turn right off of sheltowee to return
to gravel level road/trail return to parking area, the
sign has been destroyed. in other words, keep turning
right at intersections in order to return to parking area. i hesitate to bring my 14 yr old and wife on
this trail, lots of rocks.

Customer Service

caney loop trail with sheltowee

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for beginners- try forest service road 1225 which is

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4
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[Oct 30, 2000]
tweet

This is a nice change to Ohio riding. You can really put together some epic rides here. The climbs are very gradual and the downhills are long enough to make it worth while.

The horse riders we ran into were friendly (refreshing. If you run into horses, get off and let them pass, Keep the Peace!

Worth a road trip if you need some new dirt.

The Zilpo camp has warm showers.

Customer Service

Get a Map at the park office. The good one costs $10 and is waterproof. Many options for loops. You can ride a long weekend and not ride the same trail twice (but you'll want to).

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5
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