Louisville, Kentucky

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Top Hiking Spots in and near Louisville

  • Louisville, Kentucky

    Explore Historic Locust Grove

    Built in 1790 by Major William Croghan and Lucy Clark Croghan (William & George Rogers Clark's sister), Locust Grove became a place where major national figures who helped shaped our nation collaborated and provided a gathering space for rest while within the Kentucky Frontier. James Monroe, ...
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  • Louisville, Kentucky

    William F. Miles Lakes: Coppiced Woods Trail

    5.0
    2.05 mi / 410 ft gain
    William F. Miles Lakes: Coppiced Woods Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Louisville, Kentucky.
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  • West Point, Kentucky

    Hike to Tioga Falls

    4.7
    1.9 mi / 354 ft gain
    Recently the trail to Tioga Falls has re-opened even though they are still doing trail restoration. This is short little 1.9 mile out and back trail is perfect for the family and has one of the best waterfalls if you live anywhere near Louisville, Kentucky. Now while there is about 350 feet of el...
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  • Shepherdsville, Kentucky

    Hike the Millennium Trail, Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

    4.0
    13.6 mi
    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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  • Madison, Indiana

    Clifty, Hoffman, and Tunnel Falls Loop

    5.0
    6.02 mi / 1152 ft gain
    You start by parking at some of the many trailheads and head down the stairs to the start of the trails. From there you can follow your map to the different difficulty trails! They people working the gate are very helpful and can guide you to anywhere you want to go.  This 7 mile loop takes you ...
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  • Madison, Indiana

    Clifty Falls Loop

    4.4
    4.1 mi / 479 ft gain
    This day hike in Clifty Falls State Park is a challenging workout with rewarding sights. Springtime brings wildflowers, and fall lovely colors, to the area.
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  • Campbellsburg, Indiana

    Hike Cave River Valley Trail

    3.3 mi / 396 ft gain
    Cave River Valley Trail is a 3.3 mile loop hike that takes you past wildlife located near Campbellsburg, Indiana.
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  • Brownstown, Indiana

    Hike to Pinnacle Peak, Indiana

    4.5
    2 mi / 900 ft gain
    Beginning at the trail head labeled for Trail 1/Pinnacle Peak, the trail changes a total of ~450 ft elevation in a mile through a rolling, hardwood forest to reach its namesake location: Pinnacle Peak. The view opens up to the southwest of the peak and shows the valley below and the distance farm...
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  • Bristow, Indiana

    Backpack the Two Lakes Loop Trail, Hoosier NF

    4.0
    16 mi
    This is one of my favorite options for a quick weekend backpacking trip near Louisville. The trail forms a figure eight around 2 lakes - Indian Lake and and Lake Celina. Hiking the full outer loop around both lakes is about 16 miles, but if that's too much distance or you are short on time, you c...
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  • Hodgenville, Kentucky

    Explore Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park

    Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America, was born in a small cabin in Sinking Spring just south of Hodgenville, Kentucky on February 12, 1809. When he was just two, his family moved to Knob Creek Farm, northeast of Hodgenville, where they remained until 1816.  The Abra...
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  • Frankfort, Kentucky

    Hike through Cove Spring Park

    5.0
    1.5 mi / 249 ft gain
    At first glance, Cove Spring Park looks like any normal city park. In reality, it is a waterfall filled, 240 acres nature preserve hiding in plain site of Kentucky's capital city. The property is filled with wetlands, streams, springs, waterfalls, and historic structures that make this a great ge...
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