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McDougal Lake Trail System Complete Route

Intermediate
 5.0 (14) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Intermediate route with some of the best views to be found in KY.


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Map Key

8.6

Miles

13.8

KM

85%

Singletrack

870' 265 m

High

766' 233 m

Low

574' 175 m

Up

573' 175 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

The Big Woods Trail offers a nice, easier loop with a bit of elevation and several spots for a scenic view. The Lakeside Loop has amazing view after amazing view along some intermediate singletrack with several technical switchback sections along the gullies.

Need to Know

Parking is currently at the Stiles Ford Trailhead off of Stiles Ford Rd in Hodgenville, KY. Near Hodgenville, KY for post-ride refreshments and refueling.

Description

The ride starts at the Stiles Ford Trailhead. After crossing the dam, you'll make a short descent to your left and then follow the Big Woods Trail clockwise. After several up and downs, you'll make a descent to the creek. Following the creek, you'll come to the MLT Connector.

Taking the MLT Connector will get you to the Lakeside Loop. Again, following the Lakeside Loop clockwise you'll go to 470 and turn around. Don't forget to make a quick detour along the Beaver Loop to see one of nature's wonders up close.

The Lakeside Loop offers view after view as you ride along some hand-built singletrack. Phelps Point deducted to Mayor Jim Phelps and his initiation of the McDougal Lake Trail System offers a panoramic view along with a bench to rest if needed.

Once you finish the Lakeside Loop again, take the MLT Connector back to the Big Woods Trail where you can finish your ride.

Contacts

Shared By:

Knob Creek Conservancy

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Photos

Sunset over McDougal Lake
Apr 7, 2021 near Hodgenv…, KY
Trailhead at gravel parking lot
Apr 20, 2021 near Hodgenv…, KY
Entrance to the big woods loop
Apr 20, 2021 near Hodgenv…, KY
Bridge connecting the Big Woods trail to the Lakeside Trail
May 3, 2021 near Hodgenv…, KY
Scenic overlook
Apr 20, 2021 near Hodgenv…, KY

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Apr 18, 2021
Dana Skaggs
Apr 16, 2021
James Phelps
9.7mi — 1h 14m
Apr 14, 2021
Damon Miles Barnes
9.7mi — 1h 14m
Apr 7, 2021
Damon Miles Barnes
5.2mi — 0h 40m
Apr 2, 2021
Damon Miles Barnes
11.2mi — 1h 22m
Mar 24, 2021
Damon Miles Barnes
2.9mi — 0h 28m
Mar 22, 2021
Damon Miles Barnes
9.8mi — 1h 19m
Mar 13, 2021
Damon Miles Barnes
8.3mi — 1h 45m