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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Figure 8
Elevation: +415/ -408 ft
Total: 75 riders

Mountain Biking Brier Creek

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#9 of 108 mountain bike trails in Kentucky
#1,027 in the world

Comprised of two loops (with expansion plans in the future). First loop is called waterfall loop. about 2 miles. It is an intermediate single track with excellent opportunities to practice skills in a low risk environment. Omega loop is similar terrain with a couple of sections that can be fast if you want them to be. Fun trails if you live in the area. You will get a work out. Plenty of rock gardens to keep you on your toes.

Description from fredgames:
Brier Creek consists of two stacked loops with a connector in between. The first loop is called Waterfall and second Omega. There is also a new, beautiful connector trail that goes off Omega. It has great lake views as well as rock outcroppings and a waterfall. At the end of the connector trail you cross two pontoons to get on the Pointe Loop. This is still under construction but should be done by Fall 2014. There is also a downhill flow trail in the works. This is a great trail system, a diamond in the rough that is roughly 10 miles from the Big Hollow Trail system at Mammoth Cave.

First added by searsandrewj on Feb 28, 2013. Last updated Jul 20, 2021. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: no
  • Lift service: no
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: no
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: no
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Getting there
From bowling green. North bound on 31w, left onto 101. Continue through Brownsville. follow signs for Nolin lake state park. cross over damn and turn left onto briar creek rd. Trail head is on the right, directly before the boat ramp
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

Beginner | 8 mi
Easiest | 9 mi

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Q: i would like to ride this trail and i am new to MTB would anyone like to meetup and teach me how to ride
A: We learned on our own- just take it slow and you'll get better each time!

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  • C-Lo

    Lot more rocky than I anticipated. Not a bad thing cause I will be using this trail to train for technique. The point loop was in pretty bad shape. Seemed like there was a flood out there recently and all of the trash and logs from the lake settled on the track in Point Loop. Will be getting with the local MTB Club to seen when clean up is scheduled. Could easily be a 4 or 4.5 with trail cleared.

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  • njstin74

    We rode the Waterfall Loop to the Lakeshore Bluff Trail, then crossed over to the Point Loop. Waterfall Loop was fun but very rocky. After that, it was a lot of fast downhill, pretty challenging for a first time so we took it slow and easy. There were several points where you would have to be experienced to make it through. But overall it was absolutely beautiful and really fun. The Point Loop was maintained but you could see where it had flooded and trash had washed up with a lot of downed trees. Highly recommend this trail. We had to walk some of the steep, rocky climbs on the way back (we are beginners.)

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  • Josh Smithson

    A awesome trail system. This place is pretty well kept. There a lot of places you can get some air and the whole place has a good flow

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  • FlatTopFred

    It had been 3-4 years since riding here and I had forgotten just how much fun this trail is. There are some rocky sections, plenty of roots and a couple of short climbs, but all very rideable. The views along the Point Loop are fantastic. ~ We sprayed ourselves with tick & bug spray prior and did not get any ticks on us as mentioned in another review. ~ There is a nice bathroom near the trail head - intended for campers. ~ One note: take any and everything you may need with you; food, supplies, etc. There is nowhere in the area to buy anything you may have forgotten.

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  • Skydyvrdana

    So, the BEST maintained trails I've been on, besides Fla, where they're used all year long. Ticks are BAAAAD in Ky mid-summer, but they even cut vegetation a few feet away from trail in most places. Recent evidence of trail maintenance with tree & debrise clearings shows this group in on top of maintaining great trails to ride! Nice views around this beautiful lake ! A little challenging for cardio plus roots & rocks !

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  • Timmy Huge

    Omega loop and waterfall trail are excellent! Omega downhill is pretty fun. *****The extended trail across the water bridge is littered with lake debris from the flood. Many sections of the trail are not rideable at this time*****

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  • mtbrJosh

    They were still working on it when I last rode it but it was really good. The parts near the front were more technical and rocky but in the back they were constructing a section that was faster with berms and stuff. The trail was a nice combination of flow and technical features that made it very interesting.

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  • lcwilliams34


    Some pretty tough, technical stuff right out of the gate, but it gets easier further in, with some challenging stuff still mixed in. Omega Flow is amazingly fun. Beautiful trail overall.

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  • I'm Dave

    Worth the trip for this intermediate trail system. Plenty of rocky and rooty challenges and a climb or two that are neither terrible nor too easy. The Omega flow is fast and rocky with berms and drops but still possible to ride safely for all but the most cautious /skiddish riders.
    On the point loop there are areas where the trail almost disappears where grass is growing up. Got to ride our trails guys or they go away. Sack up and take on a technical trail once in a while all you XC mountain bikers!!
    Taking all right turns from the trailhead should yield about 8 miles.
    Bug spray is a must so come prepared. I picked off more than 20 ticks my last ride on my legs (I had only sprayed my shoes).

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  • kerrilee14

    Would not recommend taking the kids on this one. I went by myself an the climb at the beginning was a little challenging to say the least..or I was out of shape! The downhill section was awesome and fast! I loved hitting all the burms an seeing the huge rocks an cliff face at the bottom of the hill. The loop on the backside seemed to be nice, good view of the lake an more flat. Highly recommend this trail! Bring the tent an stay for the weekend on the lake!

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  • Kenneth A Freeny

    enjoyed......just want to remind people that if we don't use the trails they will go away. some sections looked like they haven't seen as much use. Technical and fun.

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  • cragking

    Another great trail less than 2 hours from Louisville, woohoo!

    From low grade uphills, to fast XC sections, to small rock gardens, and the Omega Downhill Flow trail . . . this trail is a blast.

    Saw deer and other critters along the way, not to mention 40 foot rock faces/boulders and lakeside views.

    What's not to love about Brier Creek?

    I will rate this trail a 5 once there is a little more traffic in The Point Loop/XC section.

    Is there potential for more development? Yes, please, and thank you KyMBA!!!

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  • KyChris

    by the lake and a campground not far from the entrance. This is a great place for a weekend getaway.

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  • eltommyc

    This may be the most versatile and technically exciting trail (that still maintains a great flow) that I've ever ridden. You feel like you're MOUNTAIN biking here. Yes, there's plenty of little spiders to eat along the way... whatever.

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  • bebe

    Overall trail was a great trail and challenging BUT every few seconds of riding you ran into spider webs with fairly large spiders right smack in the middle of them! If your not a spider lover I would be careful here... Especially in omega trail. We ran into a couple of bees nests as well. probably the worst thing though is the fact that we ended the ride chigger infested so please take you bug spray!!!

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  • Sillyboy2013

    Not my first time there but today there were spider webs every 100 yards, it was quite annoying, actual had one pretty large spider hit me in the face, causing me to crash, my advice is take a buddy and let him ride in front, LOL

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  • Loren Winfrey

    This is my "first" mountain biking trail! And let me say this is not for a beginner. While I had some issues, my son, who wanted us to do this, had a blast. We had gotten him a new bike for xmas and this is his first real ride. And he still has a smile. This looks like a fun and challenging ride for all non beginners.

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  • scotthess

    I rode this trail back in 2013 when it was fresh cut and thought it had potential then. I am astonished after having ridden it today. I am amazed and what Kymba and a healthy group of volunteers can do. This trail truly is the best in the state with technical trail throughout, a downhill with chest high berms, booters and excellent trail marking. Prepare for 10 miles of trail with 3 loops and connectors. If you have never ridden in NC or East TN, THIS IS A MUST to see what new age, purpose-built trail has to offer. This trail will only get better with age as the work done has yet to truly roll in. Bring a tube, rock gardens here are no joke and the trail itself still has baby heads and upturned edges. Don't miss this!

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  • Sillyboy2013

    Brier Creek is mountain bike heaven, it has rolling hills, jumps, rock gardens, and water crossings. Trails are well maintain with breath taken scenic views

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  • rbrancamp

    Great little trail system that offers nice scenic views and a good workout if you connect all of the trails together. I believe there is now 4 loops and a downhill flow section. I highly recommend checking this place out if you are in the area.

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