First Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 645' 197 m
Descent: -649' -198 m
High: 920' 280 m
Low: 529' 161 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (9°)
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“A winding trail through old-growth Kentucky forest.”— Clinton Lewis
Beginning on an old fire road, the trail narrows and quickly ascends a ridge along the edge of the park boundary. Rolling hills are abundant above the karst geography of Southern Kentucky, so dig in and enjoy! The most difficult section is around mile 2.5 with a short (~25 yard) rocky downhill.
The two campsites at the lake are popular, so it can be busy during the peak summer months. Once you are around the lake, hang a left at the small sign for a short and moderately steep climb to the Temple Hill Trailhead on Houchens Ferry Road.
There is ample parking at either trailhead to drop a vehicle or the road is a pleasant walk to cool down.
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