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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +297/284 ft
Total: 40 riders
 

Mountain Biking Otter Creek

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#67 of 103 mountain bike trails in Kentucky
#10,693 in the world

There are a few trails in the park; Otter Creek, Valley Overlook and Red Cedar. Trail maps can be picked up at the park (see map link above for a copy). The Information Center (1.4 miles from the entrance, just past the Nature Center) is open all the time. The Nature Center and the Office should also have maps on hand. The trails allow you to make up your own loops, ask a local for recommended routes. The trail has some hills and technical sections with plenty of log crossings, roots and rocky sections.

The trail system is managed by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. It is open from Wed to Sun. It costs $10 a rider to ride. The two MTB trails are Otter Creek Trail and Valley Overlook Trail. KyMBA Louisville leads trail work every fourth Sunday at 2:00pm. Real time trail status can be found at http://kymba.org/louisville

First added by fadeto on Oct 13, 2005. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From the Louisville area either come south on US 31 or follow I-265 around to US 31 and head south. From Elizabethtown head north on US 31. From the east you will need to head towards Louisville and take I-265 around to US 31 or take Bluegrass Parkway to Elizabethtown and head north on US 31. From US 31 continue on to Muldraugh. Turn West at the traffic light in Muldraugh onto Ky. 1638. Go 3 miles on 1638 to the Otter Creek Park Entrance on the right. Follow the road to the Nature Center for parking and access to several trailheads.
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  • kerrilee14
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    I rode there a month ago for a race. We had a lot of rain in the area before so I didn't get to see what the trail really offered. The park itself is beautiful. There were lots of roots and rocks and a few creek crossings. There were a a couple challenging climbs-which I did in the mud so they may not be that bad on a dry day. There is a fee at the park entrance and the trail is about 7 miles long. Worth a trip to try it out!

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  • FlatTopFred
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    Before making a one hour trip to OCP I sought some local advise. I used to ride there a lot in the early '90's and it was an awesome trail, probably one of the best in the area. Apparently it is not so highly regarded anymore. Per a local source, the trail is in need of serious attention. Was told that places along Otter Creek are washed out and the trail disappears. I may stop in one day after work for a ride so I can give a first hand experience, but was deterred based on the local review - plus the $10 gate fee.

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  • cavedweller
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    The $10/head gate fee was a deal breaker for me. The trail isn't terrible but def not worth $10 bucks. i have paid $5 for IMBA Epics....this is no Epic. I rode here a few weeks ago, the trail was sorta maintained...downed trees were cut but the trail has several wide, rooty eroded areas. There are a few spots with nice views but they are off the main trail. This trail has potential but needs a lot of TLC and and big price cut at the gate.

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  • rpmarheine
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    A once great trail system has lost its appeal due to high hate fees and poor management. The main trails have been widened to allow park officials atv access. Other trails have seen little to no care and have gotten overgrown.

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  • MrHainey
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    The trails are now open and available to the public again. It currently costs $10 a rider per trip or $100 for an annual pass. Trail work volunteers ride free on trail work days. Trail work is the 4th Sunday of each month at 2:00pm. There are over 12 miles of trails open to mountain bikes. Check the KyMBA Louisville page for trail status, trail work and group rides. We're working hard to get it dialed in.

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  • erinsings
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    This park is open again and the trails are open. just went there today. There is one section that is covered in sediment from recent flooding but is not closed. It does cost $3 per person to get into the park now but I wanted to make sure to get out the info that the park is reopened.

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  • mikehills
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    be ready, its a good trail alot of backtracking if you ride to the ohio river. some parts really difficult if just beginning

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  • RideorDie
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    Great trail system to work your technical skills over obstacles such as roots and rocks. This place has a lot to offer in the local area and is a great spot for someone just getting into the sport to expand their capabilities. There are also plenty of variations to try, so you won't get bored by hitting it over and over if you live in the local area.

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  • fadeto

    "All information on this trail was written by Scott Cropper and came from the KYMBA official website. It was completely plagiarized to get the word out and maintain a consistency in content. Please visit their site for trail maps and other great information. Fadeto"

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  • rtate
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    This trail has a lot to offer. There are many different loops you can do. You can use the paved park roads to make your own custom trail by jumping around. There is a nice mix of downhills, roots, mud (in season) and ruts. You can get some good speed up, but always be alert for the next challenge! Some portions of the trail are shared with hikers and horses, but it never seems to be too crowded. I love to ride past the campgrounds and smell the campfires burning...

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