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Knucklehead Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.2 (24) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

5.8

Miles

9.3

KM

100%

Singletrack

838' 255 m

High

711' 217 m

Low

437' 133 m

Up

437' 133 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Unknown

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.

A quintessential showcase of all the types of Kentucky singletrack with novel features such as old stone fences which the trail, at certain points, flows with and over. Expect hills, creek crossing, and trails covering the whole spectrum of XC style difficulty.

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). From hear a plenthra of loops offering challenges for all levels allows for one big loop or an alla carte style ride. There is now even a 'Party Loop' which includes many fun features while allowing a conversational pace on what would be a 10 to 20 minute loop from the parking lot.

You could combine this ride with the also local Capitol View Park and/or West Sixth Farm for a full day.

The mapped distance for all combined loops as of August 2020 is approximately 9 miles

Contacts

Shared By:

Chris Chaney with improvements by James Brown

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  4.2 from 24 votes

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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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Oct 17, 2020
Joseph Mullins
Trails were Awesome, first time here 5.5mi — 1h 19m
Aug 30, 2020
Jason Glass
Jul 1, 2020
Nick Morgan
A little slick early in the morning, but a great ride. Thanks to the trail stewards for all you have done! 4.8mi — 1h 20m
Jun 12, 2020
Carrick Lloyd
Some berms need a little work and some turns need one.
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