Hillman Heritage Trail

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Trail Distance: 5.5 miles
Time Estimate: 20 min+
Elevation Gain: 137 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: $4
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description

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!

Trail Features
Forest, Lake, Easy Incline
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Unfurtunately, this trail houses one of dogs' worst nightmares- ticks. Use appropriate precautions and give your pal a thorough check when you get home. Also watch out for poison ivy.
Address
Hillman Ferry Campground 820 Hillman Ferry Road
Grand Rivers, KY 42045
Hours
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Address
Hillman Ferry Campground 820 Hillman Ferry Road
Grand Rivers, KY 42045
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset