Hiking The Redbird Crest Trail

The 9th most popular hiking trail in Kentucky.

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East of London near Big Creek, the Redbird Crest Trail is a 65-mile loop hiking trail. The multiple-use route is shared by hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, ATV riders and dirt bikers. The loop begins and ends near the Redbird District Office. The trail generally follows the ridgetops, with some portions being quite steep and rough. Some areas are so narrow that ATVs are not allowed and must take a road by-pass. The trail is marked with green-painted, diamond-shaped blazes spaced no further than 1/10 of a mile. Trail symbols are used at road intersections and as a reminder. Orange diamonds are currently being added to mark the trail for ATV use (This route is suitable for ATVs less than 50 wide). Intersecting trails will be identified with signs.

The route begins and ends at the Redbird District Office, about 20 miles east of London.

DIRECTIONS: From the Big Creek exit of the Daniel Boone Parkway, travel east on KY 66 0.7 miles to junction with US 421 and KY 80. Proceed south on KY 66 0.8 miles to junction with US 421 and KY 80. Continue south on KY 66 1.7 miles to Redbird Ranger Station on the right.

Overall, Redbird Crest Trail is the 9th most popular hiking trail of all 9 hikes in Kentucky. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Redbird Crest Trail including Cumberland Gap National Park, Indian/Spaas Creek Trail, Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail and Buckskin Trail.

Redbird Crest Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Daniel Boone National Forest (606) 598-2192; Kentucky Tourism (800) 225-TRIP.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Kentucky" from Michael Brown

Best Season:  Apr. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Luxury Loding:  Wildwood Lodge (615) 879-9454

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/dbnf/

GPS:  37.1404, -83.5854

Date Published:  12/26/2015

Date Updated:  7/9/2016

ID:  16828

Redbird Crest Trail Hiking Map


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