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Veterans Park Trail

Average Rating:    (2.83 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

The trail is a fun single track with minor elevation changes with mostly hard packed dirt with a few loose spots. The rides along the creek are fun too. Most of your skill will be used to avoid the kids and the dog walkers.
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Latitude
37.955297320237996
Longitude
-84.50202941894531
Trail Directions
Go out Tates Creek past Man O' War. Turn right at second light on Rockridge Lane (into Cumberland Hills subdivision). Follow it until the end, the parking lot will be in front of you. Ride along the paved path and over the bridge. The trailhead will be on your left. There are also trails along both sides of the creek.
Trail Length
1+ miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Lexington
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Review Date
September 30, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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1.50 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Moses Duran ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I love the fact that we have a place to go mountain biking at but, unfortunately there are a few things that are really lacking in this park. First thing that this lacking is a sense of safety by both park staff & cyclists alike. I've taken notice that it isn't mandatory to wear helmets in the trail & if it is very few cyclists are wearing theirs. Most parks I've been to it's mandatory to wear a helmet or your bike could get confiscated by park staff if you're caught riding the trail. Park staff is barely even around so I see why people feel like they can get away with whatever they want. Trails in this park aren't even marked so you have no sense of direction or where to go. It's more like pick a trail, ride & hope you won't crash into another cyclist, hiker or dog coming at you head on. I believe in safety first when it comes to mountain biking & not to hurt myself or anyone else. I'm surprised serious accidents haven't been reported. Aside from that, you'll find a packed soil to ride on unless you find some mud spots but not mainly. Some of the trails do need maintenance though, I don't think it's a priority in the parks staff agenda of things to do. All I would like to see different is the marking of trails w/ directional sign or some sort of map. I would also like to see some sort of sign encouraging people to wear helmets. The only signs I've really seen are mile markers & signs that say more difficult. I think appropriate sings for cyclists & their safety should read as Novice/Easy, Intermediate/Medium & Hard/Difficult. This park has the potential to be a great park for mountain biking if these small issues are fixed....

Recommended Route:
What ever trail you can find. Main trail entrance is behind the baseball field & tank but don't expect to find many if any trail markers along the way to help you find where the park begins & ends....



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Review Date
June 16, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: bill ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Trails have been completely rebuilt by PTP Trail Builders & KyMBA Bluegrass Chapter. There is a beginners and advanced single track trail totaling just short of 4 miles. these trails are fast and flow really well with good elevation change throughout, the advanced trail offers high berms, table tops and some tech. areas for the more hardcore rider in all of us. Overall this trail offers something for all riders of all ages and would suggest you check it out if in the area

Recommended Route:
Start at the entrence to the begginers trail on the hill between the Baseball fields, follow trail until you reach paved trail crossing, cross paved trail to start advanced trail which dose a loop

Other recommended trails in the same area:
capitalview in frankfort, waverly in louisville which has also been rebuilt



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Review Date
August 10, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: osensnolf ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a great city trail and a great place to work on bike handeling and endurance prior to going to places such as Capital View. This single-track trail is flat for the most part and shares part of the trail with disk golfers.

The trail can be ridden several different ways.
1. (The most effective trip) Starting at the bottom of the hill, between the baseball fields and the Babe Ruth field and staying on on the trail closest to the creek. A few areas will appear difficult to climb, but once you are familiar with the trail and have built up some mussel, they wil not be hard to climb – just make sure not to fall over on your left side – into the creek. If you keep going, you will come to an opening that has recently been mowed. You can look ahead and still see the trail – so keep on going. Once again, you will come to an opening. Go across the mulch section and the trail will be a little in front of you towards the right. This is a slow uphill climb and is great for working the legs. Just keep going around the hill and eventually you will come back down and make a complete circle.

2. The second route is great for bike handeling but not for building endurance. This features more downhill and less peddaling. If you have a decent braking system and like taking sharp turns while going down hill, you will like this method. Me, personally, I prefer the first option. To start on this trail, go up to the Babe Ruth ball filed (in the back of the park) and get on the paved trail on the 1st base line. Go straight back into the woods and take your first left (going straight is another option but I’ll let you find that out on your on). You will enter a grass section and stay on it and make the next left, keeping you on the grass, and then make another left, putting you onto an enterance into the woods. Make a right and there you are.

I highly recommend this trail for anyone who lives in Lexington and wants a good 30-60 minute bike ride. Although some of the other places are great, it’s hard to leave work at 5PM and then go from Lexington to Frankfort and get there at 6PM and ride for an hour and come back at night during the week.

There are a lot more riders during the weekend but not so many that I would arrange my schedule to avoid them. Most are regulars and are curtious to other bikers and joggers.

Like most trailes, VP has a lot of exposed roots and stumps that you need to watch for. Trail maintiance is ok, but could be better

Want to go riding, let me know.

Steven Gabbard
osensnolf@hotmail.com

Recommended Route:
The fastest way. Man O'War to Tates Creek - Tates Creek to Clearwater - Clearwater to...... make a left past Veterans Park Elem. School.

Make a left at the tank and make a right at the stop sign or go straight and park.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Trail to Heaven.



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Review Date
October 2, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
3 months

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Reviewed by: fatburt ,  Cross Country Rider

Favorite Trail:
Tsali

Summary:
This is a decent trail for being in a city. It's great for weeknight rides because it's so close to home. I can ride from my garage to the trail in about 3 minutes. I have to give it high marks fro that alone. There are a few very challenging sections of twisty singletrack that are good for skill developement. Only one decent downhill.

Strengths:
Close to home and easy access.

Weaknesses:
Short and sort of flat.



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Review Date
September 24, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Michael McHatton , from Lexington, KY

Summary:
Good trail, kinda narrow in places but challenging in spots. I recommend riding in the morning, Less trail traffic but more spider webs across trail. I've been riding this trail for at least 6 yrs (before the Park and subdivision build up.)and I've seen only one deer, but lot's of fishermen along creek. I live with-in 2 miles of the park



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