Blue Bend Loop Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This loop explores the lesser-visited side of Cumberland Falls State Park and the adjoining eponymous Kentucky nature preserve. Leave KY 90 and head up the Blue Bend Loop Trail onto a quiet ridgeline where earlier Kentuckians once lived. Follow the ridge to reach Blue Bend, a major turn in the Cumberland River. Join the Sheltowee Trace and begin heading downstream along the mighty Cumberland, with its powerful flow and noisy shoals.
Numerous rockhouses, boulders, and waterfalls are protected by the nature preserve in this wooded river corridor. Big hemlocks shade the trail as it winds on its way to meet KY 90 at Gatliff Bridge. A short road walk up KY 90 completes the loop. Outstanding Features: Kentucky nature preserve, old homesite, and Cumberland River Gorge."