Lexington, KY: Smoky Valley Lake Loop

This TK-mile hike in Carter Caves Resort Park passes through cool stuff and neat places.
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This TK-mile hike in Carter Caves Resort Park passes through cool stuff and neat places.

Enjoy Carter Caves with this loop hike. 

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It combines the 3 Bridges Trail and the 4 C's trail to give you a fun and challenging day out in the woods. Scenic views of Smokey Valley Lake, natural arches, swinging bridges and a spillway from the lake are just some of the sights that you will see. Backcountry camping is allowed in only one spot and that is at the Johnson Homeplace, which is not too far from the spillway and swinging bridge (nice lunch spot). From the Johnson Homeplace try to see if you can spot a natural spring on the left not too far way. Carter Caves is in Olive Hill, Ky

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.4

Waypoints

SVL001

Location: 38.377032, -83.123417

From trailhead, nead north into TK.

SVL004

Location: 38.374763, -83.126182

TURN RIGHT TO CAMPGROUND

C.C WELCOME CT

Location: 38.377326, -83.122889

16-APR-09 9:09:42AM

HornHollowCave

Location: 38.379311, -83.115875

16-APR-09 10:04:26AM

Spillway

Location: 38.365533, -83.117137

16-APR-09 2:04:34PM

Swinging Bridge

Location: 38.363751, -83.133639

Stream

Swinging Bridge and Spillway

Location: 38.365531, -83.117133

Carter Caves State Resort Park

Spillway and Swinging Bridge

Location: 38.365214, -83.116808

Smoky Valley Lake

Location: 38.376988, -83.122264