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Knucklehead Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

5.8 mile 9.3 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 437' 133 m
Descent: -437' -133 m
High: 838' 255 m
Low: 711' 217 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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Trail shared by Chris Chaney

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This trail packs a lot of surprising scenery into a small space.

Chris Chaney

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Check the website for closures for events, hunting, and maintenance.

Overview

Knucklehead is the result of a partnership between KYMBA, the local community and the privately owned Life Adventure Center. There is a nice trailhead and the trails are well maintained, but they are new and still being tweaked and expanded.

There's a lot of potential at Life Adventure Center for more mountain biking as well.

Description

You begin by riding out from the parking area through open forest and fields. Then the descent begins and you switchback down and down into darker and darker forest. Eventually, you'll reach the creek at the bottom of a steep limestone drainage which empties directly into the Kentucky River (not on trails).

The trail follows the creek, crossing a couple of times, before paralleling one of the Bluegrass Region's historic stone fences. After the fence, the trail begins switchbacking up the opposite side of the drainage before closing a second loop and starting the long climb back to the trailhead.

You could easily combine this ride with Capitol View Park for a full day, or hit it in the afternoon for a quick burn.

The mapped distance is 3.7 miles, but this is a lollipop loop and the ride is more like 6 miles.

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Aug 13, 2019
Tim Coleman
Trails good
Mar 20, 2019
Peter R
Solid ride. New section added to the red trail. HIGHLY recommend riding blue counterclockwise coming out of the yellow trail. 6.7mi
Oct 21, 2018
David Field
Overall Great conditions. A few minor muddy spots. One tree down near green loop. 4.2mi — 1h 20m
Jun 16, 2018
Keith Walters
5.4mi
May 25, 2018
Daniel Henry
Oct 3, 2017
Tim Coleman
Conditions are great. 5mi — 1h 00m
Sep 16, 2017
Len Johnson
9mi
Aug 5, 2017
Tim Coleman
Great August day to ride. Trails in good shape.

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Photos

Switchback near the creek.
Oct 25, 2016 near Lawrenc…, KY
A cool creek crossing that makes use of the area's rocks.
Jun 27, 2017 near Lawrenc…, KY
Mossy stone fence along the trail
Jul 8, 2015 near Lawrenc…, KY
A historic rock wall lines portions of the trail.
Jun 27, 2017 near Lawrenc…, KY
An unexpected welcome to the Knucklehead Trail
Jul 14, 2015 near Lawrenc…, KY
Some really nice trails and only 3 years old. These will be really awesome in the years to come.
Apr 13, 2016 near Lawrenc…, KY

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