Hiking The Indian/Spaas Creek Trail
The 5th most popular hiking trail in Kentucky.
Wednesday 3 August 2016 01:54 GMT
The 17 mile Indian/Spaas Creek Trail hikes a meandering route past high cliff walls and follows old jeep roads streamside.
Starting at the Slade rest stop, take Highway 15 north/east and then turn right at Nada on Highway 77. Ride through the Nada Tunnel, then down the hill and take a left at the old iron bridge over the Red River. Follow the river for about three miles, then turn right on Forest Road 9. This is a well-maintained gravel road that splits after about a mile. You can either go right or left at the split on Forest Road 9A or 9B. 9A (to the left) follows Indian Creek for about 3 miles and then dead ends; the longer 9B follows the East Fork of Indian Creek and offers many inviting side trails that are fun to explore. Both forks of Indian Creek offer sparkling clean water with wonderful swimming holes and even a few jump-off rocks. This Indian Creek area is popular with car campers and can be a little crowded on summer weekends; during the cooler months and on weekdays you will have the place to yourself.
Spaas Creek - This area has been somewhat impacted by ATV use, andit is a bit more challenging than Indian Creek. From Slade, take Highway 15 north/east and then right at Nada on Highway 77. Go through the tunnel, down the hill and at the iron bridge, turn left and go approximately seven miles until you see an unmarked road on the right with a large spray-painted rock. Drive up this hollow for a few miles and park in the grove of evergreen trees. The Spaas Creek trail follows the creek, crosses the creek many times, and sometimes the trail is in the creek bed, which can be very tricky cycling. Fortunately the creek bed is a flat shelf of limestone, and the creek is usually only a few inches deep. This is a great ride to do on a warm spring day. Wear your Tevas! The Spaas Creek trail ends with a steep uphill climb that takes you to a four-way intersection. If you go to the right, you will hit the start of the Hatton Ridge trail. If you go to the left, you will get lost and they will find your bones scattered by wolves when the snow melts.
Overall, Indian/Spaas Creek Trail is the 5th most popular hiking trail of all 9 hikes in Kentucky. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Indian/Spaas Creek Trail including Cumberland Gap National Park, Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, Buckskin Trail and Redbird Crest Trail.