Freeman Lake Loop
ElevationAscent: 136' 41 m
Descent: -135' -41 m
High: 820' 250 m
Low: 753' 230 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
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“A wide trail network providing visitors with open fields, wooded forests, and lake views.”— DD Avey
Once on the go, you'll transit open fields and a few stands of trees for the first 2 miles. This is also the hilliest part, with handful of short ups and downs until you come to the paved trail that takes you under Ring Road. Once under Ring Road (about 2.5 miles) you need to go to the left of the Freeman Lake causeway area where you may see hundreds of waterfowl hanging on the shore in addition to the people fishing. This is also a great area to take a quick break to catch a very nice breeze off the lake.
As you transit the back side of the lake (east side) the trail will become a little dicey (2.5-3.5 mile marks) with some area of moderate to significant erosion. Those with strollers may need to move off the trail onto the grassy area. Once through this section the trail meanders along the shore of Freeman Lake for the next several miles.
Around the 4.5 mile point you'll near the Freeman Lake dam where you'll again see a mix of waterfowl and other visitors fishing. This is also another great place to take in a cool breeze. After the dam you'll eventually enter Freeman Lake Park (5.5 mi) along the western shoreline. The park will provide you with a mile or so of paved road (or you can transit via the ample grass fields) and interesting stops (boat launch area, 1800s era homestead house, band pavilion, and a dog park).
Once through the park you'll cross the causeway area, go back under Ring Road, and sprint to the end. A very enjoyable route that has something for everyone.
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Land Manager: City of Elizabethtown, KY