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Lousville's Lovin the Hills 15 mile

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15.8 mile 25.4 kilometer point to point
90% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,276' 694 m
Descent: -2,277' -694 m
High: 873' 266 m
Low: 544' 166 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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Trail shared by Nathan Muleski

Combines several popular trails in Jefferson Memorial Forest. Beautiful forest with several creeks.

Nathan Muleski

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Wildlife

Overview

The name says it all! Lots of elevation change in this 15 mile run through Jefferson Memorial Forest. This route includes several of the most popular short trails linked together to make a memorable 15 miler. This even covers some of the best trails in the area.

Description

To get to the trailhead turn left off Mitchell Hill Road onto Holsclaw Hill Road. At the top of the winding, steep road, take a right onto the service road. Go all the way down to the campground parking lot.

To start, follow the trail towards the outhouses near the edge of the woods. Past the gate take an immediate right and follow the signs for the Red Trail. From there you'll go down back up several times on the Red Trail and Orange Trail, before heading back across the campground and to the other side of the parking lot to start the Siltstone Trail. This goes by the JMF Welcome Center before taking you on a grueling series of ups and downs. Eventually you'll meet up with the Purple Heart Trail and head back. But be careful! The Purple Heart follows a dry creek bed and is 90% rocks and 10% roots. Take your time, and you'll be rewarded with a beautiful view of the man-made lake.

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Part of the second downhill section of the Red Trail.
May 24, 2016 near Fairdale, KY
Expect these to be typical trail conditions at JMF.
Feb 15, 2017 near Fairdale, KY
Jefferson Memorial Forest. 10 minutes from my home, hundred miles from anything!
Jun 5, 2018 near Fairdale, KY
Start of the Siltstone Trail, with the man-made lake in the background.
May 26, 2016 near Fairdale, KY

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