Mammoth Cave Turnhole Bend

Bowling Green, Kentucky

Mammoth Cave Turnhole Bend

Mammoth Cave Turnhole Bend Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is a nice stroll down well-worn, shaded trails to a quiet campsite above a bend in the Green River. The walking is mostly level, and the campsite at the end is a popular destination. A short bushwhack downhill from the campsite is needed to reach the riverbank, which offers excellent fishing. This trail can easily be combined with others in the area to offer a multiple-night backpacking trip.

If planning an overnight trip, you should be aware that backcountry camping is only allowed in designated campsites or on the banks of the Green and Nolin Rivers. Permits are required, and campsite permits are site-specific, with each site limited to eight people per night. This means during busy seasons you may not get your first choice. The earlier in the day you show up at the visitor center, the better your chances. Campsites are in pleasant places, but are primitive."

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Pathfinder | 100 pts
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As described, a nice easy walk in the woods through a beautiful hardwood forest. The only drawback, and it is a big one.. This trail and a number of others on the park's north side have been opened to horse traffic. The horses have had what appears to be a severe impact on the trail. We hiked through mud for a good part of the day and the trail was 20 feet wide in places. What was so surprising about the mud was that the creek beds were bone dry throughout the hike. The mud was clearly on the trail because of the horses. One wonders what an organization like the NPS that is supposed to be focused on conservation was thinking when they made the decision to allow horses on this trail. That said, we met one other hiker party on the trail that day, while the woods are full of deer and wild turkey. A good loop if you are in search of wildlife and solitude. Trail conditions aside, a great hike!
Louisville, KY
Explorer | 20 pts
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My husband and I just returned from a hiking/camping trip on Collie Ridge trail, which runs near the Good Springs Loop. This trail is about 5 miles one way from the parking area to the campsite. This combination horse/hiking trail is clearly marked and well maintained. We began our trip on a Saturday morning, which followed heavy rains during Friday night. The trail had several muddy areas with standing water, but were not as bad as I had expected them to be. On the return hike on Sunday morning, most of the muddy areas had dried considerably. The campsite at the end of the trail is great, with a beautiful waterfall and clear stream running past it. There is a smooth, cleared area to pitch the tent, a fire ring with a sturdy grate for cooking, and hitching posts for those who bring horses. We enjoyed the trip, and look forward to hiking other trails in the park.
Sidney, OH
Explorer | 20 pts
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My wife and I found it rather nice. It was very peaceful and quiet. We were on the trail for about 8 hrs. and only passed 5 other people. Relatively easy walking, there were only a few water crossings. Which were mainly mud crossings, due to the lack of rain. The trail was well marked and easy to follow. Passed a couple of old cemetaries, stopped to see who was residing there. The only draw back was, the ticks. We had to check for them at every rest stop. Overall it was a well spent day. We stayed at the mammoth cave hotel, it's not a 5 star, but was adequate.

Trail Information

Bowling Green
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Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
Mammoth Cave National Park, (270) 758-2180,
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