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Freeman Lake Greenbelt Trail

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An easy, wide loop around Freeman Lake.


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5.6

Miles

9.0

KM

50%

Singletrack

799' 244 m

High

752' 229 m

Low

79' 24 m

Up

80' 24 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

6%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Family Friendly Awesome ride for children and beginners. Be mindful of pedestrians. It can be quite busy in the afternoons.

Overview

The Freeman Lake Greenbelt Trail encircles Freeman Lake. Although most of the trail is wide (almost doubletrack), some portions of it are paved greenway or park roads. With the exceptions of a few short, steep climbs, the trail is smooth and relatively flat.

The portion of the trail on the east side of the lake is natural surface. On the northern side of the lake (on the other side of Ring Rd) is a paved greenway which follows the creek to the veterans memorial. At the south end of the lake, the trail runs along the top of the dam impounding the lake. The remainder of the ride is primarily on paved park roads with low speed limits.

The west side of the lake showcases the Lincoln Heritage Home and a restored 1892 one-room schoolhouse. Just a few points of interest!

Description

The Freeman Lake Greenbelt Trail encircles Freeman Lake. Although most of the trail is wide (almost doubletrack), some portions of it are paved greenway or park roads. With the exceptions of a few short, steep climbs, the trail is smooth and relatively flat. This ride begins at the parking lot on Ring Rd.

The portion of the trail on the east side of the lake is natural surface. There are several side trails that go to neighborhoods surrounding the lake. A few spots are steep, with water bars, but they are short enough that a running start can provide sufficient momentum to ride up them. At the southern end of the lake, the trail turns and goes up an embankment that runs along the top of the dam impounding the lake.

On the west side of the lake, the Lincoln Heritage Home and a restored 1892 one-room schoolhouse are points of interest. Most of the ride on this side of the lake is on the paved park road, which has a low speed limit. Just stay close to the lake. Towards the northern end of the lake, you'll see a trail that runs along a causeway and a bridge; take this back toward the Ring Rd. parking lot.

Back at the parking lot, take the greenway tunnel under Ring Rd. The portion of the trail north of the lake (on the other side of Ring Rd) is a paved greenway along the creek to the veterans memorial. Ride the greenway back to the parking lot to complete the ride.

History & Background

Elizabethtowns Freeman Lake Park is home to three historical structures. Theres the Lincoln Heritage House: a double log house crafted in part by Abraham Lincolns father, Thomas Lincoln. Next door, youll see a restored one-room school house which was built with handmade shingles in 1892. The park also features fishing, walking trails, boating, picnic shelters, disc golf, lighted tennis complex and a bandstand.

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Shared By:

Zack Butler with improvements by Je Lee and 1 other

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  3.9 from 10 votes

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Rock drop
Aug 3, 2018 near Elizabe…, KY
Lincoln Heritage Home.
Oct 1, 2014 near Elizabe…, KY
Beautiful fall
Aug 3, 2018 near Elizabe…, KY
View from the dam at the south end of Freeman Lake
Oct 1, 2014 near Elizabe…, KY
Dam at end of lake
Aug 3, 2018 near Elizabe…, KY
1892 one-room schoolhouse.
Oct 1, 2014 near Elizabe…, KY

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Apr 4, 2021
Douglas Lindsey
Full Loop is 8.1 miles 8.1mi — 3h 29m
Aug 10, 2019
David Richardson
Jun 11, 2019
Jason Bolton
Good shape, some mud and water in spots due to recent rains but you can easily avoid. 26mi
May 30, 2019
Jason Bolton
11mi
May 27, 2019
Jason Bolton
14.4mi — 9h 30m
Dec 28, 2018
Jason Bolton
8.2mi
Jun 8, 2018
marlette M
8mi — 1h 11m
May 14, 2018
Dale C