Bernheim Forest Trail

Louisville, Kentucky 40229

Bernheim Forest Trail

Bernheim Forest Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Deer, wildflowers, and a good number of ups and downs are your companions on this long day hike across quiet ridgetops and hollows in a handsome hardwood forest."

More Bernheim Forest Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Millennium Trail is the Big Kahuna of all hiking trails at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. Only fit, experienced hikers should attempt this trail—if you’re looking for an excellent workout, this one will make you sweat. Use the Millennium to train for a multiday backpacking trip or simply to keep in shape. The best time to hike is in the fall, when colors are at their peak and temps are cooler, or in the spring, when the wildflowers are out. While no single stretch of the Millennium is exceptionally difficult, the sheer length of the trail and the constant ups and downs make for a long, strenuous day."

Bernheim Forest Trail Reviews

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7/8/2018
First off I don't know why they list this as Bernhiem Forest Trail, the trail they are referring to is called the Millennium Trail. Bernhiem Forest is about 15,000 acres that has numerous trails to choose from. The Millennium Trail is the longest in the park. It is easy to follow and most would consider it to be a very good workout because there is a lot of uphill and downhill sections. If you go during the summer watch for rattlesnakes and there's a 100% chance you will encounter ticks, chiggers, and deer flys. I prefer going during fall, winter, or early spring bc of the bugs.
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8/2/2009
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1/11/2008
Strongly recommend this hike. Its location can't be beat for convenience, and the Arboretum is a must see. The trail is incredibly well marked, possibly one of the best marked trails I have seen. There are plenty of ascents throughout the hike to make it a good workout (especially if you carry a backpack instead of a daypack). During winter expect to make several sock changes as the creek crossings are numerous and vary in depth. Being January, we did not have any issues with bugs, but I could see how this would be pretty buggy in the summer given all the low sections of the hike that run along creeks.
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12/19/2007
We took the half-day hike as we have not hiked in a while. There are many up/dns and we stopped at a lake for lunch. Took about 5 hours, however we took many stops for pics and about 45 min for lunch. Perfect day but still no wildlife and mostly woods. Footpath was obscure due to fallen leaves but trail is well marked. Definitely a fall to spring trail.
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9/1/2007
Millenium Trail (13.75 mile loop): This trail is rated "moderate" by the guide, but the Visitor's Center rates this trail as "difficult," taking 6-7 hours to complete due to length and steep inclines/declines. We took about 6.5 hours to complete the trail, with only a few short breaks to take in the scenery (cemeteries, overlooks). We were slightly disappointed that we didn't see much water or wildlife, but realize that it may not have been the right time of season for this trail. Regardless, we did enjoy the somewhat "off the beaten path" feel of it, stepping over numerous fallen trees blocking the trail and the fact that we only encountered one other person on the trail the entire day. Definitely make sure to bring enough water.
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6/6/2007
This trail was a great day hike and thus a good workout. The cemetary crossings brought you back to a bit of the past. It was also great being able to go from forest to fields to springs. Bring plenty of water on a dry day. At the end of the hike go to the forest walk to stretch out and check out the vistor center.
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6/2/2007
i went 2 days, did most loops and part of mill.tr. I had a great time. lots of up/dn
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7/17/2006
According to the information, you shouldn't go on this trail on the fouth of July, but we did anyway. They were right! It was the hottest and buggiest trail we've ever been on. It would have been a great trail in the spring or fall tho.
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10/3/2005
Many trails to choose from for different levels of difficulty. Trails range from short 15 minute trails on flat grasslands to 16.7 mile day-long hike Millenium Trail. We chose to go on trails located on Forest Drive...mostly 1 to 2 mile trails that are moderate in difficulty (45 to 60 minutes with good incline / decline). Guerrila Hollow is another good moderate trail. Plan on spending the day so you can enjoy all this park has to offer in the way of the education center, on-site seminars and variety of trails!
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4/20/2002
The Millenium Trail at the Bernheim Forest, approx. 20 mi. South of Louisville off I-65 is approximately 13.9 miles long. There are many points along the trail of historical interest, a slave cemetery and a family cemetery dating back to the early 1800's. The trail starts at Gorrilla Hollow and follows a flat section through meadow then crosses the asphalt road and a long rocky/technical climb begins to a ridgeline. In most parts of the trail, the trail is singletrack trail; no mountain bikes or horses are allowed. There are several of us that run this course as a trail run periodically and in the winter we have spotted many wildlife, including a cougar. There are many small stream crossings and the course is rated very difficult for novices and beginners. To hike the trail at a normal pace would take approximately 6 hrs as we run the course in around 4 hrs. It's a very beautiful trail with many ridges that look out over Louisville to the North.
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Trail Information

Louisville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
13.8
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
7 hours
Duration
Late Fall to early Spring
Season
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, (502) 955-8512
Local Contacts
USGS Shepherdsville
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