Is your pooch begging to hit the trails? Well, Hillman Heritage Trail is just calling their name. The trail wanders through a patch of land sandwiched between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley that is fondly referred to as the “Land Between the Lakes.” This trail is the pawfect destination to take your four legged hiker.
The Hillman Heritage Trail is actually made of four different loops. Located inside the Hillman Ferry Campground, this system of trails periodically follows historic roads that were once used by Star Lime Works, a big name in the lime industry that dates back to pre-Civil War. Connector trails link the loops together, so create a route that best suits your doggo’s energy level.
Bohanon Loop clocks in at two miles and is the longest trail of the four. Since it is climbs up and over a couple ridges, this loop will give your pal a nice leg workout. Brown Spring Loop is just over a half mile long and also follows a couple ridgelines. At .48 miles, the James Nickell Loop is the shortest option. Don’t discount it just because it’s low on mileage; this trail has a furrific view of Kentucky Lake. History adds a little something extra to the Vogle Loop. Not only does it lead to a secluded rock beach on Kentucky Lake, it also passes an old homesite and limestone quarry. Take time to read the interpretive signs along the way.
If you are not camping at Hillman Ferry Campground, you
must register at the Hillman Ferry Gatehouse before beginning your hike. During
peak season and weekends, there may be a line to register, so your pup will have
to be patient. Water and restrooms are located inside the campground. Be sure
you bring some water with you on the hike, and don’t forget the clean up bags. Your
furry friend will have a doggone good time on this trail!