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Level: Expert
Length: 14 mi (22.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Other
Elevation: -
Total: 7 riders

Mountain Biking Laural Lake To Cumberland Falls (sheltowee Trace)

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#65 of 108 mountain bike trails in Kentucky
#9,015 in the world

A cautionary tale. This trail is tough. The first two or three miles is a nice ride around the top of a ridge. After that you drop down a fun, technical down hill to Larual river. That is where the "fun" gets stared. You will have to pack your bike over some large boulders, unless you have some nice trials riding skills. from there you push your bike around the side of a hill through some more rocks and around downed trees. The trail stays about the same the rest of the way. Out of the 14 miles I think we were able to peddle maybe 4 miles of it. The rest we were pushing or packing. It is designed as a hiking tail and it shows. On the up side there is some beautiful scenery. Every where I looked I wanted to get off the trail and explore for a while. The Cumberland river runs down the right side of the trail with a large cliff line on the left. The trail runs past three very pretty waterfalls on the way to Cumberland falls. However I have no plans on hauling my bike down that trail again. Hike it, don't bike it.

First added by guyinhead on Nov 11, 2010. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From I75 get off exit 38 and go west on 192 toward Laural Lake. Follow signs to Laural Lake Dam. The trail starts on the far side of dam, you should be able to see it on your right after crossing the dam.
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  • Gmoss

    This is a great trail ..for hiking. I wish I'd read the reviews on here before I attempted riding it. I had a pack on , planning to camp overnight but the extra weight made the very difficult trail that much harder. It was a beautiful trail and I would love to go back and hike it. Warnings if you decide to try it: rocks and lots of them , rock staircases ( they all seem to be uphill) stinging nettles ..all throughout the trail by the river.

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  • KyChris

    I am so glad I read this review. I rode the part around the lake and loved it. When I saw you could go all way to the falls I wanted to ride that also. Then I read this review I decided to hike it 1st. I'm so glad I did. It was a tough hike I couldn't imagine having to drag my bike through that also. By all means do this trail because it's one of the prettiest I've seen but leave your bike at home for this one.

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  • guyinhead

    Beautiful scenery, but not designed for mountain bikes. Expect a lot of downed trees, large rocks, and briers. It would be much better for hikers. I give it two stars. one star is just for being a trail, the second star is for the scenery

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