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Cave Run Lacke and Daniel Boone National Forest

Average Rating:    (4.07 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 15

I just got back from this area and I definitely plan to return. I had read all the reviews, which heaped nothing but pure praise on these trails, but none of them told much about where to ride. Luckily our group ran into 2 guys from Indiana who had been there before. First off these trails are fairly smooth and fast with enough rocks and roots to make it interesting. We road 63 mile in 2 1/2 days. The way the trail is cut there are very few major climbs which means most of your day is spent having fun instead of climbing. My idea of having fun isnt climbing for 3 hours only to have 30 minutes of downhill. As soon as you get there, go to the visitor center to get a map. The number there is (606) 784-5624. Our first loop started at Stoney cove. We took Caney Loop Trail to the Sheltowee Trail, which led us back to Stoney cove. The next ride was from Zilpo Recreation Area to Stoney cove. This trail takes you along the lake. Another single track we took was Trail 107 starting at Zilpo Scenic Byway to 112 ending back up at the Zilpo Scenic Byway. This was a short loop. We had to travel on a fire service road for a little ways before the trail really got good. Be careful not to miss the single track that branches of the fire road. This trail is definitely worth it. There are several other combinations you can try in this area, these are the only ones we did due to time constraints. Lastly we Road a little bit of Big Limestone. We started at the Visitors Center, which I wouldnt recommend. The downfalls are that not every ride loops around which means it best if you have two vehicles, one to take you there and one to retrieve the other vehicle. Another pitfall is that this is a multi purpose trail that is used for hikers and horseback riders. However, I wouldnt let either of those stop me from riding these trails again.
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Latitude
38.10160366596237
Longitude
-83.51051330566406
Trail Directions
Look on the Map
Trail Length
Enough for an extended weekend
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Morehead
   


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Review Date
July 5, 2007

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Squirrel Girl ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I should have read these reviews and believed them instead of reading singletrack.net. I rode here July 3, 2007 and the trail was, indeed, badly overgrown. I parked at Buckhorn Trail parking area, just outside the gate by Zilpo (15 miles south and east of Salt Lick). I went 3/4 miles before I turned around and decided it just wasn't worth it. There were a lot of freshly fallen trees with green leaves and pine needles, but there were also old trees across the trails. And I'm not talking about fun hopping logs. They were pick up your bike PITA trees. There were a lot of brambley things overhanging the trail, too. It wasn't long before I had a new hole in one glove and a spot of blood on my glove where a thorn from the multiflora pricked me.

Icing on the cake---I acquired two ticks from the venture. Yippie. Not.

Recommended Route:
Go somewhere else.



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Review Date
May 10, 2004

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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2.33 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: djjaz428 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I went here Sunday (5/9/2004) intending to do a coulpe hours of single track riding. What I found were the worst trails ever.

First, the trails are not designed for mtn biking, Most of the trails contain large rock and downhills with super sharp cut backs. None of the downhills allow you to maintain any momentum to get back up. There are tons of little creek that must be waded through.

Second, all the trails were absolutely destroyed by horses, which compounds the first problem. There were huge muddy areas with massive ruts created from horse hooves. These ruts collect rain water and made a perfect breading ground for mosquitos. In addition, the horse she-it, which was everywhere, provided ample food for the millions of flys. Thats not even the worst, the areas is complete infested with ticks, who love horses.

Third, the map provided at the ranger station appears professional. However, it far from it. The map lacks any kind of direction, nothing points the direction of North, and there is no scale to determine milage. Also, many named and signed trails we encountered were not even on the map. Large gravel roads were completely left off the map.

Basically, dont go here to bike! Our two hour bike ride turned into 6 hours lost in the wood w/o water. During that time we never saw another human, basically because everyone know how much it sux.

Recommended Route:
NONE



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Review Date
December 22, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Scott , from Lexington, KY

Summary:
MBTR.com is a great site, but for better information on mountain biking in Kentucky you need to check out Singletrack.net (www.singletrack.net)

Recommended Route:
First, go to www.singletrack.net/trails/caverun/

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There are many, many more...check them out at Singletrack.net



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Review Date
September 13, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Shelly Kellogg , from Lexington, KY

Summary:
My favorite thus far is to start at Stoney Cove and and travel the loop made with Sheltowee Trace and the other trail. My husband and I were both very disappointed in the other trails near Zilpo and the fire tower--trail maintenance needed!! There were many large trees over the trail that had obviously been there for some time. In some places, the trail is beginning to get very overgrown. Some of the "trails" are made up in part or wholly of gravelish old two-track maintenance roads, which doesn't make for fun riding. One of the trails follows a creek bed, but crosses over it many many times, very annoying because it is too rocky to ride over. Overall, lots of rocks and precarious trails--it is obvious that the horses are damaging a lot of the trails and no maintenance correcting it. I'm not trying to speak negatively about the trails, just to make sure you know what you are getting into. These trails will definitely make you a better rider but will not always be enjoyable (sometimes, downright frustrating and angering). After a day of riding of these trails, I wasn't up for the frustrations of a second day. Good for an adventure, though. I will go back to Stoney Cove but probably not the other trails unless someone does some maintenance.

Recommended Route:
First, GET A MAP from the visitor's center across the dam. Depends on what you want--a smaller afternoon ride, go to Stoney Cove. An all-day ride, work out a route through the network of trails between Zilpo and Clear creek.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
none



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Review Date
July 9, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: zazzmatazz , from louisville

Summary:
These are some my favorite trails to ride on this planet. Best in kentucky. I went to college at morehead and rode these trails every week. THey rock. You could ride for an entire weekend and not do all the trails. For this reason DON'T ride alone. If you do make sure someone knows you went there. I heard about that fella that was stuck out there of days. Almost died. That could happen to anyone. But these trails are epic. Really, really good. The mud can do some damage to parts but, this is "Mountain" biking. If you don't want to deal this the elements of offroad riding, buy a rode bike.

Recommended Route:
start at stoney cove parking. caney loop to white sulfur connecting trail. If you are feeling good continue onto clear creek trail or finish white sulfur back to caney loop back to stoney cove parking.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
shaltowee trace behind Morehead campus. Start at rodburn hollow, or top of wilson ave.



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