Hillman Heritage National Recreation Trail
ElevationAscent: 704' 215 m
Descent: -706' -215 m
High: 552' 168 m
Low: 415' 126 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A fantastic route to see a little of everything the North District has to offer.”— Chris Davis
By now your legs are probably warmed up. From the boat launch area on Brown Spring Loop Trail, the trail meanders up and down through the deep woods. After about 1.3 miles, look for the blue diamonds on your right, this is the James Nickell Loop Trail. This takes you to the best overlook of Kentucky Lake. Continue on your way and you'll start losing elevation and find yourself back in the lowlands; climb back up through the hardwood stands and around miles two turn right to jump back onto Brown Spring Loop Trail. Keep heading north to connect with the Brown Spring - Bohanon Connector (Orange Diamonds) and take a right.
At the next intersection head south on the Bohanon Loop Trail (yellow diamonds). This is the longest loop in the trail and provides the best opportunity in the busy season to find some solace in Hillman. Roughly a mile after starting this portion of the trail, you'll come to another intersection which is blazed with green diamonds. Keep to the west and you'll find yourself on the Vogel Loop Trail. While not the most challenging of these loops, this loop takes you past an old homestead and the remains of the Star Lime Works District quarry. Multiple informative signs on this loop help you to get a picture of the times gone past in this area.
Head back north and east to connect with Bohanon Loop Trail (staying north and east this time) and return to your vehicle by the Bohanon Connector (if you parked at the boat ramp continue back along the Bohanon Loop Trail to the Brown Spring - Bohanon Connector and turn right to the Brown Spring Loop Trail to the parking lot).
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Land Manager: USFS - Land Between the Lakes National Rec Area Office