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Cherokee Park Trails

Average Rating:    (4.36 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 25

Lots of good climbs and downhills. Pretty technical when encountering roots rocks or even some obstacles people have built into the trail.
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Latitude
38.23317436493587
Longitude
-85.68207263946533
Trail Directions
Take any entrance to the park and go around the loop to the top of Hogans Fountian. There is a trailhead behind the fountain. There are also many other great entrances to other trails, however Hogans Fountain is a good place to start. After that look on the sides of the road all around the loop for new trails. Good for the advancing intermediate rider. Good variety.
Trail Length
I've never ridden them all
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Louisville
State/Territory/Province
Kentucky
Zip/Postal Code
40206
Country
United States
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Review Date
November 14, 2014

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jeremy Belcher ,  Racer

Summary:
The Cherokee/Seneca trail can be a leisurely ride in some flat and rolling sections while becoming a technically challenging trail with climbs and descents that include some roots and rock. A real crowd pleaser. I'm rating this with all threes as this trail has a pleasant mix of challenges and recovery sections. I post trail conditions as often as possible, follow @radiobelcher on Twitter if interested.

Recommended Route:
I prefer to start and end at the Dog Hill with a fast descent to go into trail mode, then finish the workout with a tough climb out before I head back to my house.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Waverly in the South End, Eva Bandman (cross track) for those interested in anything off road



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Review Date
June 27, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Dave in Kansas ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode this trail on Friday afternoon, June 21, 2013. A blast, in spite of the heat and humidity. Met a local crew of four and tagged along with them. Two were a father-daughter duo with a significant amount of experience with these trails. This really helped me as I tend to go too fast in spite of my lack of experience. Before the meet up, two crashes. After the meet up, zero crashes. Just sayin'!
Fast with some slightly technical portions near the creek/highway. (Guess where I crashed?). Lots of curves, short climbs, fast downhill sections. All in all a good riding experience. In the middle of a city (?) who knew? Cherokee Park trails rival any of the trails I ride here in KC area of KS and MO. I dropped in at the fountain as someone on here recommended and was not disapponted in the least. Cannot wait to return to the state of my birth and ride again some day. The only complaint I have is that there is no, as in ZERO signage on these trails so you have no idea where you are and what to expect around the next curve or climb until you have ridden multiple times. Otherwise, I highly recommend this trail system.

Recommended Route:
First ride so no clue.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lexington, KY-Veterans Park



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Review Date
May 7, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Joshua ,  Racer

Summary:
When I first came to Louisville, I didn't know the freeze/thaw cycle and rode these trails in January. I wouldn't recommend it--I've done plenty of muddy rides, but this one was up there in the unrideable category.

Came back yesterday (after riding Waverly Park a few weeks ago and being disappointed with the lack of flow), and was blown away. When the trails are dry, the are really a pleasure to ride. Yes, there are climbs, but if you struggle up the climbs, the downhills make it worth it. Banked corners, flow--this is what mountain biking is.

Recommended Route:
Clockwise from near the top of the hill on the Scenic loop where "Cherokee Park" is on google maps. It's hard to find trails when you cross the road sometimes, but once you know where you are going it is amazing!

Here's a general idea of the trails--also check out the other reviewer's gps map. Seneca's section of trails are decent, but nothing compared to Cherokee. They are so tight with overgrowth that it's difficult to get speed.

http://app.strava.com/rides/522515



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Review Date
June 29, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: tshulthise ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The Cherokee/Seneca trails are the best in Louisville in my opinion. I like Waverly but there's just more variety and challenge at Cherokee. If you find someone to show you the way around you can make a 12 mile loop that will take you through about 700 feet of climbing total. This includes 4 relatively steep climbs (if you include Dog Hill) of about 100' each. For the beginner to moderate level mtb'r these hills will challenge your cardio as well as your technical skills as you navigate roots, rocks and logs while going up and down hills. Adding the climb up Dog Hill makes the cardio workout most excellent.

The trails are almost impossible to follow even with a map. Its best to go on a group ride (see this site for beginner to intermediate level group rides http://www.meetup.com/Louisville-Mountainbikers/about/). Once you've been through 4 or 5 times you will know your way around pretty well.

There are a few sections where you will reach approximately 20 mph on some nice sweeping downhills with banked curves. There's one section a mile or two past Hogan's Fountain that is fairly technical with some tough large root crossings going uphill and some slow but steep rocky drops. Something for everyone.

A beginner should plan on taking over two hours to make the 12 mile loop. Intermediate riders can do it in 90 minutes. Racers can probably make it in an hour or so.

I give it a 5 because its very close, pretty well maintained and it offers enough variety that I don't get tired of riding it over and over.

Recommended Route:
See this site for a GPS route of the trails... http://connect.garmin.com/activity/37756920

Taking this path counter clockwise will give you the best experience.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Waverly Park, Fort Duffield, Briar Hill, Younger's Creek

A little drive away...
French Lick (awesome trails), Brown County (very good trails and 30+ miles of very well marked trails), Capitol View (Frankfort, KY... hard to follow)



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Review Date
May 22, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: nonparrishable ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I really enjoyed the trails...once I found people that knew their way around. The trails are very poorly marked and are very broken across roads and fields.
The trails themselves were great, everything from speed sections to technical sections. There are a lot of trails, if you know where to find them. I was unable to find any real trail maps anywhere.
I would certainly recommend these trails. The only thing that needs changed is the total lack of trail markings. This is a simple detail to fix, it is just a matter of someone actually doing it. Marking is the only reason I gave it four stars instead of five.

Occasional hikers, but not often enough to hinder a good ride.

Recommended Route:
Whatever you can find. Trails are poorly marked.



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