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Level: Advanced
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +316/ -327 ft
Total: 45 riders

Mountain Biking Youngers Creek

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#25 of 108 mountain bike trails in Kentucky
#2,357 in the world

Be ready to hit the hills. The first thing you will encounter a series of switchbacks, seven in all going up the hill. Its a given your legs will get a work out. When you hit the top its off to the races. There are several hills, a couple of rock gardens, several bridges, and a pretty good drop for some great riding. If you like technical you will get that here too. Its a good mix with some trees to go over too. You wont get bored with this trail.

First added by WGK on Sep 1, 2009. Last updated Apr 28, 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 I65 take Bluegrass Parkway east go 8 miles to first exit. Take a left at bottom of off ramp on to Youngers Creek Rd. Travel about 1/2 miles then take a left on Miller Rd. Follow Miller Rd. for about 3 miles once you go through the long dark tunnel parking is on your right in big open field. There is a shelter beside the parking lot. To enter the trail go across the road and take the bridge.
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  • estowalks

    Skip this trail - it is closed as of 9/1/18. We got stopped by a county maintenance worker after we ran it. He informed us that the county lost it's insurance to maintain the trail as of April/May. But we did know that till after.

    The trail has not been maintained in a long time. Some erosion, lots of debris. At times the trial was not marked and it was obvious. Some lines required paying a lot of attention to, because the trails were overgrown. The 7-dwarfs hill was extremely difficult and technical, lot of switch backs and VERY WET and MUDDY. All of this was a bad sign but we ran it anyway. Trail crossed the Wagon Trail at some point, like 6-7 miles in, and not marked well. We ended up ON the wagon trail, got lost, ended up at the bottom of the ravine after doing all-out downhill biking for a half-mile. It was not fun walking back up once we realized our mistake. Regardless, it was probably the least "fun" I have had on a bike, but I sole attribute this to the fact that the trail is CLOSED.

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  • Timmy Huge

    Initial climb to the top can be challenging, especially climbing the tight switchback turns. Decent ride at the top. Trails aren't marked well, but are worth exploring to find some hiddem gems. Definitely get a good workout here, and the best part is descending on the way to the finish.

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  • Deric221

    Rode 11/23/17 and nearly all the trail was great.I sort of got turned around after the Chicken Run part that is somewhere around a 12' drop off that was right on.The first part of the trail is almost all climb and then flattens out for a good ride with plenty of log crossings to hop over.All trails are decently marked.Alot of work has taken place and it shows.GREAT JOB.Will Defentiely need brakes for the descent.

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  • kerrilee14

    This was one of the most challenging trails I've ridden. Lots of challenging switchbacks, climbs an beautiful scenery. Trails are well marked now. This trail has a little bit of everything. The trail drains well so it's good to ride soon after a big rain. Thanks to all those that have put in the hard work to make this such a great place to ride.

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  • DamonBarnes

    Close to a year post-renovation and this trail is in absolutely fantastic shape. A few parts have been added in the last month that look to be great additions. In short, this is a premier Trail in KY.

    The climb in and descent out are absolutely no joke. Very difficult.

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  • FlatTopFred

    Hats off to the volunteers who give their blood, sweat and free time to make this trail the gem that it is. Approximately 45 minutes south of Louisville, KY - I will be back. There is some serious climbing, twisty sections, plenty of log overs, bridges and tight, switchback down hills.

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  • Jwall33

    Trails were renovated this year and have never been better. There is about 10 miles of hilly singletrack with more to be added. It's a great place to ride and only getting better.

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  • revclark

    Lots and lots of fantastic work from a team of dedicated volunteers has brought these trails back from the brink. Some smoothing and packing will need to happen throughout the spring, but it's on it's way back! Wonderful place, and kudos to all the volunteers!

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  • Greg Metcalf

    Lots of work being done over the winter. Logged area being reclaimed, and trail improved and extended. Returning to original glory. Gonna be a great trail.

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  • caissus1860

    I rode this trail in 2006 while stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. I remember it being a challenging trail with great climbing for the area. I was impressed. I havn't been back since then and I've heard that the pallet bridge and several other terrain features are no longer rideable. I would like to go back and ride the trail again, given the chance.

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  • tp_smc08   ✓ supporter

    Would be a 5 star trail if it wasn't so overgrown and decently marked. There are no maps that I could find online and there definitely not on the trail. This could be a MTB paradise with a little work.

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  • Skinny

    Poor trail maintenance and poor trail labels made for a bad day. If you got to drive a hour to get there like me it ain't worth it.

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  • Mer

    Beat up and not well maintained. Cobwebs all over the place, so it didn't seem like it has been ridden much lately. Needs some serious TLC in order to make safe to ride. The climb up the 7 switchbacks was killer. Had to hike with my bike on my back a few times.

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  • saeyj0

    Do not ride!
    This trail is the most eroded trail I have ever seen. Looks like it used to be the place to ride now it is dangerous the swichbacks banks are gone and very rough.

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  • KyChris

    If your thinking about riding this trail, you might want to get out there soon. The back part is being logged out and some of the trails are already gone including the cool drop off. Erosion is getting to the rest of it. It's a dying trail but not dead yet. Whats left is still fun and by far one of the most technical trails in ky. It's defiantly an experience not like any of the other trails around here.

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  • cteteacher

    Great Trail! The switchbacks at the start should be outlawed! That was some seriously steep tight climbing, no way my lacking technical skills were making it, but rode what I could. Once I got up top this trail was a blast, but a little difficult to follow this late in the year as it was covered in leaves. Missed a turn somewhere, but still had a blast and rode 7 miles of what Youngers Creek has to offer and will definitely stop by anytime I am in ETown. If you like Technical you will like this trail but beware it could use some maintenance in places. Sweet Singletrack!

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  • brownktm19

    This trail looks like it was probably the place to be 5 years ago, but has sort of went downhill. Most of the wooden features (bridges, log rides, ect.) are rotten or have fallen apart. Down trees, bad erosion in some spots. Despite all this it is still a pretty fun trail. It has some long climbs that get the heart rate going and some nice downhill sections. It could use some work, but I will go back again.* Review edited 6/6/2012

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  • erekgillespie

    We road this trail yesterday. After years of not MB-ing it was a very tough ride. There were tons of roots and loose rocks on the initial climb which made it very hard to have any kind of momentum to help get you through the switchbacks. Needless to say, we had to push our bikes around all of them. Very intense (heavy breathing) through the switchbacks. Awesome once on top with lots of fallen trees, rocks, roots and leaves. Trails were not all that well maintained but I believe that is what gives it the advanced rating. Very tough trails, requiring lots of attention.

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  • Bstevens33

    My first trail ever. The seven dwarfs were rough and taught me I need alot of practice with switchbacks. The end of the wagon trail(main Trail) which is a wicked 1/2 mile or more steep decline has been washed out pretty bad from the two floods this year so watch yourself. There are several side trails and trails leading into the feild at the parking area. Great spot. I'll be there often training and learning the ropes.* Review edited 7/18/2011

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  • Kurt_Venters

    Went riding on this trail last saterday and loved it. Some of the climbs where pretty hardcore but was well worth it in the end. The plunge was a fun ride and we went down some suicide hill or something that came out on teh parkway but all in all was fun. I do suggest extra water and tubes because you wont want to go back to your car after you get out there.

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