You can take this trail CCW or CC, it doesn't really matter. The trail is designed and built by volunteers from KYMBA-LT with help from local boyscout troops. The majority of the trail and extensive signage located with the Annex area was funded by a grant received from Nolin RECC as part of their Round-up Community Support Program.
Saunders Springs has mountain biking trails for riders of all levels. Consisting of 10 separate trails linked (and marked) throughout the park, this family-friendly trail system is readily accessible and open year round (weather permitting) from sunrise to sunset. Connecting the Perimeter Loop with advanced skills loops allows riders to get 5 miles of great singletrack, and the beginner loops are perfect for introducing newer riders to mountain biking.
Within the Annex there are three areas that have been set aside for exclusive use by Mountain Bikers. These areas comprise about 20% of the total land area included within the Annex.
1. The Mountain Bike Skills Development Area is located within 200 feet of the upper restrooms (and the proposed Welcome Center). Yet to be completed, this area will contain a number of basic mountain biking skills features such a small rock garden, low "skinnies," small log piles to negotiate, banked turns, small "rollers," and other elements. This is where the novice and young rider can develop the skills needed to best utilize the trail system in the Annex.
2. The entrance to the Starcluster Area is located off the Knox Trail. This area is about 1,200 feet in length with a terrain differential of about100 feet. Not yet fully developed, there will be several sets of trails and features suitable for the intermediate and advanced rider. At the top of Starcluster will be a Pump Track.
3. The Coffepot Area is steepest area within the Annex with a 100 foot drop in height along its 800 foot length. Not yet fully developed, the Coffeepot area will have multiple trails, jumps, and steep drops. This area will be for the more advanced rider. The trail system here ends alongside the paved access road (Saunders Springs Drive) at that point where the road makes a 270 degree turn just down from the Scout Camping Area.
History & Background
The Saunders Springs Nature Preserve is located in Radcliff, Kentucky, and consists of a 26 acre Nature Preserve owned and operated by the city of Radcliff and overseen by the Radcliff Forestry and Conservation Board. Adjacent to the nature preserve is a 73 acre tract called the Saunders Springs Annex which the city has leased and from Fort Knox. There is no charge (entrance fee) to use the Preserve and Annex areas and they are open for recreational use from dusk to dawn year around, weather permitting.
Need To Know
The nearest mountain bike sales and repair shop is located less than one-half mile from the Preserve (Outdoor Ventures Schwinn, 1498 N. Dixie Boulevard (31W), 270 351-5767).
Multiple restaurants, shops, and gas stations are within a short drive as well.
Local Bike Club: Kentucky Mountain Bike Association-Lincoln Trails (KyMBA-LT)