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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Enjoy Carter Caves with this loop hike.
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
- Distance: 9.4
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From trailhead, nead north into TK.
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TURN RIGHT TO CAMPGROUND
C.C WELCOME CT
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Swinging Bridge and Spillway
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Carter Caves State Resort Park
Spillway and Swinging Bridge
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Smoky Valley Lake
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