Martins Fork Lake

Harlan, Kentucky 40831

Martins Fork Lake

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike on dirt roads alternates between bottomlands and ridgetops as it meanders around one side of a flood-control reservoir. Don’t expect dramatic vistas; this is just a simple walk in the woods—and a pleasant one if not attempted on a hot, humid summer day. Backcountry camping is permitted.

Eastern Kentucky towns on the Cumberland River long had to endure the constant threat of devastating floods, and Harlan faced a triple danger: Martins Fork and Clover Fork come together in the middle of the city and immediately flow into Poor Fork to form the Cumberland."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
4 or more hours
Spring and Fall
Martins Fork Lake office, Army Corps of Engineers, (606) 573-7655
Local Contacts
USGS Harlan, Rose Hill
Local Maps

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