Equestrian Ride with a Ranger
Distance: 12 Miles
Meet a park ranger at Burkes Field for an easy half day equestrian ride to O&W Bridge. Log those Centennial Challenge Miles while using some of our many equestrian trails. Enjoy the peaceful sounds of Coyle Branch and White Oak Creek, as well as beautiful rock formations all from a different perspective. Be prepared for lunch at the O&W Bridge before returning to the trailhead. Horses are not provided, however, reservations can be made through South East Pack Trips at 931-879-2260 on a first come, first serve basis. Bring water, snacks, lunch, and wear weather appropriate clothing.
Ride with a Ranger Chestnut Ridge Mountain Bike Trail
Distance: 5 Miles
Meet a park ranger at the Chestnut Ridge Trailhead in Kentucky. Bring the family and bring your mountain bikes! Chestnut Ridge Trail is an easy bike ride to the John Muir Overlook. Hopefully, we will catch some of the beautiful fall foliage of the once thriving No Business Community. Bikes are not provided, however, reservations can be made through Borderland Expeditions atborderlandexpeditions.com or 844-344-2109 on a first come, first serve basis. Bring water, snacks, and wear weather appropriate clothing and shoes.
Honey Creek Loop
Distance: 5.7 miles
Meet a park ranger at the Honey Creek Loop Trailhead at 9:00 a.m. (ET). Honey Creek Loop holds some of our most rugged terrain and it will take your breath away with its beauty. You will be using your hands and knees to maneuver through parts of this trail. We will also be following the creek bed so you may get wet. This is an all day hike;please plan accordingly. Bring water, snacks, lunch, and wear appropriate shoes and clothing for a safe and comfortable trip.
Rails to Trails (McCreary County Heritage Trail Days)
Distance: 3.8 Miles
Meet a park ranger at10:45 a.m. (ET)at the Stearns Depot in Kentucky for a "Rails to Trails" adventure! We will board the Big South Fork Scenic Railway and ride into Blue Heron. Our adventure will continue on foot as we hike to Dick Gap Overlook and eat our lunch there. Then we will continue back down to Blue Heron and board the train for our return trip to Sterns. This is a great way to share the park with family and friends. Reserve your 11:00 a.m. (ET) train into Blue Heron and the 2:00 p.m. (ET) train back to Sterns at (800) 462-5664 orwww.bsfsry.com. Bring water, snacks, lunch, and wear comfortable shoes. Don't forget your camera!
Distance: 4.8 Miles
- If you are renting a boat you will need to first meet Sheltowee Trace Outfitters at 9 AM at the Yamacraw boat launch area. Visitors oten confuse the Yamacraw day use area for the boat launch area. The boat launch is on the west side of the river and the day use area is on the east side of the river. If you are traveling from Stearns, Kentucky, you will need to cross the river and then turn left and then a second left after crossing the bridge for the river access road.
August 20, 2016
Bandy Creek Night Hike
Distance: 5.14 Miles
Join a park rangers Daniel and Miriam at the Bandy Creek Swimming Pool Parking Lot at8:30 p.m. (ET)for an enjoyable night hike along Duncan Hollow Road. Listen and look for the creatures of the night as we make our way to Mitchell Field. We will rest under the stars and see if we can call out to our owl friends for a visit before we make our way back to the parking lot. This is a great way to log those Centennial Challenge miles without being out in the heat of the day. Bring water, snacks,flashlight(preferably one with a red lens), and comfortable shoes.
Laurel Fork Creek
Distance: 4.4 Miles
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Join a park ranger at Sawmill Trailhead at 9:00 a.m. (ET) for a half-day loop hike to the beautiful Laurel Fork Creek. You will enjoy getting see the large boulders found at this back country area and be refreshed by the cool water as we ford the creek. Bring water, snacks, water shoes, and wear comfortable hiking shoes.
Distance: 6 Miles
Join park ranger at Charit Creek Trailhead Parking Lot of Fork Ridge Road for an all-day hike. This hike will take us to Charit Creek Lodge, then along the Station Camp Creek Trail to a cemetery where Jonathan Blevins, a long hunter from Virginia, is buried. Please bring water, snacks, and lunch if you didn't reserve lunch, and comfortable shoes for this hike.
Distance: 3.6 Miles
Join a park ranger at Sunset Overlook Trailhead for a hike that allows you see the Big South Fork River from the bottom and from the Leatherwood Overlook. We will make a short stop at Echo Rock as we enjoy the many natural resources scattered throughout this hike. Hopefully, the rhododendron will be in bloom. For additional miles, extend your hike on the Sunset Overlook Trail for 2.6 more miles. Bring water, snacks, and comfortable shoes for this hike.
Distance: 6.7 miles
Join a park ranger at the Rock Creek Loop Trailhead. This all-day hike is rated difficult with steep stairs and rocky terrain. Hikers will get to see the remnants of the Massey Branch Spur of the Stearns Logging Railroad and enjoy the beauty of Rock Creek, cliffs, and overhanging rock shelters. Please bring water, snacks, lunch, and wear comfortable shoes. To get to the trailhead, take Hwy 154 to Divide Road. Follow Divide Road past the Twin Arches Road and turn left on Hattie Blevins Cemetery Road.
Last updated: December 5, 2016