Please note that access to the Natural Areas will close earlier than the main gate.

Bent Twig Trail 0.5 mile 15 minutes Easy This trail traverses a natural pine and cedar forest fragment, which contains a variety of vines and shrubby undergrowth that provide a habitat for wildlife. Bent Twig Trail is short in distance with moderate changes in elevation. Cull Hollow Loop 1.5 miles 1 hour Moderate Cull Hollow Loop is a trail with varying elevations, winding through many ridges and mounds of unknown origin (archaeologists have failed to find anything of note). Along the trail you will see the effects of logging and iron ore mining in the region. Elm Lick Trail 5.0 miles 2-3 hours Difficult The Elm Lick Trail takes you on a journey across the Elm Lick Watershed through many types of landscapes.  This difficult trail has several steep sections and stream crossings and weaves through grasslands, valleys, oak-hickory and beech-maple forests, and an old homesite. Fire Tower Loop 0.50 mile 20 minutes Moderate

This trail will take you to the site of Bernheim’s historic fire tower, which was built in 1929. The fire tower is open to the public based on staff/volunteer availability. This trail has steep sections to traverse en route to the fire tower.

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High Point Loop 0.50 mile 15 minutes Easy High Point Loop crosses Bernheim’s highest elevation of 927 feet. Don’t expect panoramic views though; this trail winds through intermittent streams throughout a beech and maple woodland with only some gentle slopes. Iron Ore Hill Loop 1.5 miles 1 hour Moderate

Iron Ore Hill derives its name from the iron industry that flourished in the area in the mid 1800s. This trail with moderate to steep slopes overlooks a valley, and weaves through a forest that has been cut down many times in its history. This trail will give you access to the Canopy Tree Walk, a must-see at Bernheim.

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Jackson-Yoe Loop

2.0 miles 1 hour Difficult Jackson-Yoe loop crosses diverse lowland and upland terrain, within a oak-hickory forest. Named for two families that lived in the area in the 1800’s, the trail includes the Jackson family cemetery. This difficult trail has some steep sections and can get slippery in wet conditions. Rock Run Loop 0.50 mile 30 minutes Moderate This trail is a visitor favorite. Traversing slopes along Rock Run Creek, Rock Run Loop provides a great opportunity to view limestone and shale outcroppings, and is excellent for viewing wildflowers. The trail includes a creek crossing as well as several steep sections and obstacles. Overalls Loop 0.25 mile 10 minutes Easy

This flat and easy trail connects to one of Bernheim’s fire roads. This upland trail winds through a primarily oak-hickory forest. Access from Guerilla Hollow Road. Guerilla Hollow Loop 1.2 miles 45 minutes Moderate Guerilla Hollow got its name as a result of guerilla activity during the Civil War. Though not still apparent, the trail passes through old homesteads. This trail weaves through some of Bernheim’s most mature wooded areas, with some moderate and steep slopes. Millennium Trail 13.75 miles 6-7 hours Difficult Please register at the Visitor Center or the trail head upon beginning the Millennium Trail. The Halfway point of the trail is located off Paul’s Point Loop (see map).

The Millennium Trail is Bernheim’s longest trail and is recommended for experienced hikers only. It winds through ridges of oak-hickory forests to valleys and streams of beech-maple forests. This difficult trail features several steep slopes, creek and road crossings, and rough terrain.

Due to early closing times in the winter, all hikers should begin the Millennium Trail prior to 9:00 a.m. November – March.

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Bike Hike Trail 🚲 4 miles 3 hours round trip (out and back) Moderate

This trail follows the course of Long Lick Creek via a paved and gravel trail. It passes through the old Clermont quarry, a section of Old Highway 245, and ends near the Bullitt/Nelson County Line. To finish, you can continue on back roads or turn around to return to the trailhead. This trail is handicap accessible. Access from Happy Hollow Road, located across Highway 245 just east of Bernheim’s main entrance.

* Partially accessible trail. Please ask the Visitor Center for details.

🚲 Biking is welcome on any of Bernheim’s paved roads

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