Otter Creek

Louisville, Kentucky 40283

Otter Creek

Otter Creek Professional Review and Guide

"A grand view of the Ohio River is the top prize of this hike on a bluff above the river valley. Located in Meade County, the 2,600-acre Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area was once operated by the Louisville–Jefferson County metropolitan government.

It’s also home to a number of separate camps, including the YMCA’s Camp Piomingo, a summer destination for generations of Louisville youngsters. However, in 2009 the city closed the park, which lost an estimated $500,000 annually."

More Otter Creek Professional Reviews and Guides

"This loop trail begins at the Blue Hole parking lot and travels along Otter Creek until it reaches the sandy banks of the Ohio River. Views here are panoramic, and wildlife is plentiful. Th e return hike ascends to North Point and follows the ridgetop Valley Overlook Trail back to the parking lot."

"This eight-mile loop is perfect for cyclists of all skill levels. Except for a short stretch of this route that follows an abandoned double-track through the woods, the entire trail is hard-packed single-track through the forest. There are only two difficult parts that require portages. With the exception of a few very short sections of trail along Otter Creek that will require portages, the loop is a great ride.

The natural beauty of this trail is its highlight. Riding north from the Nature Center, you’ll pedal through woods and past the park campgrounds on your way to the bluffs along the Ohio River. For a quarter-mile, you’ll cycle along the bluffs, enjoying views of the river far below. Then you’ll have to carry your bike for about one-tenth of a mile over the rock ledges on the descent to Otter Creek. It’s worth the effort, though."

Otter Creek Reviews

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4/22/2012
The trails are now open and available to the public again. It currently costs $10 a rider per trip or $100 for an annual pass. Trail work volunteers ride free on trail work days. There are over 12 miles of trails open to mountain bikes. Check the KyMBA Louisville page for trail status, trail work and group rides.
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7/25/2010
The entire park area including the trail has been converted to a YMCA camp and is closed to the public. The main gate is locked with a small sign stating that the change was effective 1/2/2009. The roads on the west side of the park have all been closed and rerouted so there's no access to the trails at all. It was a real bummer to drive all the way down from Louisville where we were staying for the weekend only to find the trails closed.
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11/11/2006
The trails and markings have changed. There are now three trails: VOT, OCT, RCT. The VOT trail roughly conforms to the yellow trail described in the Trails.com entry although markings are now by posts. There are still some yellow markers but many are faded and some have been removed. Some trails have been changed due to trail erosion and Park personnel indicated that you really need one of their guides. I was somewhat disappointed at how out of date the Trails.com entry was.
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7/19/2005
The info provided was great. I would like a more complete guide to include camping facilities information.
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3/4/2004
Otter Creek is the closest place, in my opinion, for Louisville residents to get out into the woods and even camp out. There are several trails that are well-marked and interconnect, so you can hike anywhere from 100 feet to 8 miles or more. It is used by horse riders and bike riders, but on the typical afternoon, I rarely meet anyone out there. It's especially peaceful in the colder half of the year. Along the trail are several gorgeous overlooks onto the Ohio River, as well as peaceful trails along the actual Otter Creek. For camping, there's an area for car camping with quite a few sites (40 or more), but it costs $15 a night. There's also several "walk-in" campsites that are more secluded several hundred feet into the woods (but still very close to where you park). Very nice, meandering trails for getting away from it all, I like it a lot and hike there often, day and night.
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7/18/2003
the Otter Creek Trail has every kind of terrain you can find. The first section takes you through a pine forest then drops you into a hardwood medow rolling along a cliffs edge for at least 3/4 of a mile then dropping into a nice technical trail section next to otter creek thats about 3 miles long, this section is filled with great cliff routes and giant log jumps, not to mention huge climbs. I'll dare to say that the mileage chart is seriously inaccurate The 8 mile loop is the small trail of the two in Otter Creek.
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6/20/2002
Although Otter Creek Park and it's trails are listed as being in Louisville, it's really not. The park is owned by the City of Louisville but is actually located in Fort Knox area off Dixie Highway, about 25 miles south of Louisville. There are basically 3 different trail sections to the park, Red trail, Blue trail and Yellow trail. The trails intersect each other and you can add mileage by going from one trail to the other. This trail is a beautiful trail that winds around a creek with waterfalls, caves and many steep climbs. There are also an abundance of snakes in the area and it's not uncommon to see copperheads sunning in the middle of the trail, so you must be careful. Also, these trails are used for mountain biking so you must be aware and watch out for the bikers. Many beautiful rock formations along the trail. This trail can also be quite muddy after rain or in the Spring.
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6/16/2001
One the most fun trails I have ever been on, nice downhills and great singletrack, the final uphill is a killer.
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Trail Information

Louisville
Nearby City
5.3
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Otter Creek Park, (502) 942- 9171, www.fw.ky.gov; trail status hotline, (502) 942-5052
Local Contacts
USGS Rock Haven
Local Maps

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