From I-64 (approx.
40 miles west of Louisville), take Hwy 145 North approx. 6 miles
to Birdseye. Turn right (east) onto the gravel road that is south
of the railroad tracks and follow it approx. 1 mile. Then turn right
(south) at the T intersection onto the road with a gate. Park and
start at the gate.
(Check out the maps above
The trail consists
of 2 linked loops: a 6 mile fire road loop that is better for beginners,
and a 6 mile single track loop (marked by small blue arrows) that
is more challenging. As the trail winds through hardwood forest,
pine forest, and meadows, there are some steep, technical climbs,
some rocky sections, a stream crossing, and long, rolling hills.
Along the way are a lake, creeks, old homesteads and a cemetery.
Dense brush can offer an added challenge when trail gets overgrown
in the summer months. Also, watch out for wildlife (and hunters
during hunting season).