Hike the Millennium Trail, Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

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A well-marked, forested trail with minimal elevation gain.

The Millennium Trail in the Bernheim Forest combines a number of trails into a full day's hike. The well-marked trail passes over ridges and through forest and meadows, with some ups and downs. A trail map of the park can be found here.

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Distance

13.6 Miles RT

Type

Loop

Activities

Hiking

Dog Friendly
Forest
Scenic

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A Solid Midwestern Hike

I found the Bernheim Arboretun on a road trip about a year ago, and for something that I kinda stumbled upon, I was impressed. Its not a terribly scenic trail, but its a solid trail that will get you a decent amount of mileage and outdoor time, and its not far outside Louisville, KY for those needing a nice weekend escape. Bonus: The Jim Beam Distillery is just a few miles away in Clermont, KY!

Great Day Hike

I hiked this trail for the first time the other day. I went solo as there really aren't many people around here who would want to hike close to 14 miles. Really was not challenging at all. I am giving it 4 stars because, although it was a great hike, there were no amazing views at the peaks of big climbs. I kept expecting one but came to realize that the coolest views were looking forward to big climbs and looking back from the top. Pack plenty of food and water. I prefer to have a hiking stick or trekking poles. Don't pack too heavy. Took me about 6 hours including about 40 minutes of rest for lunch and photography. Started right at 9:00 am so there weren't many people out on the trail. You can actually start as early as 7:00 which is recommended in the summer. If you are blessed with a companion who likes to hike, take them with you.

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