Blue Bend Loop

Corbin, Kentucky 40701

Blue Bend Loop

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."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hiking Kentucky (Falcon Guides)
Michael H. Brown, Revised by Carrie L. Stambaugh
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"This leisurely hike along a serene stretch of the Cumberland River upstream of the falls includes a number of attractive riverside spots. The Cumberland River above the falls is wide, smooth, and peaceful, an altogether different stream from the fierce, boulder-strewn fl ow below the falls. This hike takes you along the serene Cumberland—from its sharp westward turn, known as Blue Bend, to the KY 90 bridge just above the falls. This stretch of just over 2 miles is perfect for the early evening hours or any other time you feel like taking a quiet, relaxing stroll."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
290 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.75 hours
Year-round; best spring through fall
850 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,140 feet
Top Elevation
Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, Daniel Boone National Forest
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