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Lost River Cave Trails

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Trail

1.4 mile 2.2 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 48' 15 m
Descent: -46' -14 m
High: 571' 174 m
Low: 538' 164 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)

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Trail shared by Clinton Lewis

An easily-accessible urban trail escape.

Clinton Lewis

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek

Open daily during daylight hours only.

Overview

The natural surface trails trace the valley floor and provide a few short climbs and plenty of geology to view.

Need to Know

The trails are on private property, but open daily to the public. Check the LRC website for specific rules.

Description

Beginning at the bridge leading into the valley, I like to start my figure-8 loop by making a left and heading downhill to the mouth of the cave before turning left and following the short riverside trail. Make your way back up the hill slightly, and veer right to take the Valley Trail under the pedestrian bridge.

The next landmark you see is the butterfly house, which marks the midpoint of the trail system. For a short loop, turn left to take the Upper Valley Trail back to the bridge with a small climb. Otherwise, continue on the Valley Floor Trail to the intersection of the Blue Hole Loop trail. Either direction of this loop makes the back end of a figure-8 leading to the natural spring at the rear of the property.

Completing the Blue Hole Loop returns you to the butterfly house and gives you the option to head up the Upper Valley Trail to return to the pedestrian bridge and the trailhead.

To add a few more miles, you can start at the Bark Park on Cave Mill Road and access the LRC trails via the city's GreenWay Trail.

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Land Manager: Lost River Cave

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Jun 15, 2018
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The natural spring at the rear of the property and a fun water crossing.  On the Lost River Cave Trails
Apr 9, 2015 near Bowling…, KY
Valley Floor Trail leading under the pedestrian bridge
Apr 9, 2015 near Bowling…, KY
One of the few Blue Holes along the trail
Apr 9, 2015 near Bowling…, KY
Short spur next to the river
Apr 9, 2015 near Bowling…, KY

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