Summary: This hike offers a very nice scenic trail as well as one full of historic points of interest. The trail is paved the entire route, and follows the old L&N Turnpike. The Turnpike was chartered in 1837, and was used until 1919 when it was deemed too close to artillery ranges at Fort Knox. Even today it is common to hear artillery being fired while you are walking the trail.
Along the trail you will see 3 stone bridges that are over 150 years old. During World War II, German POW's were used to repair the bridges.
Near the end of the trail, Sieboldt Cave can be seen on your left. The cave is visible year round, but you are not allowed to approach the cave. Shortly past the cave is a gate closing the road, which is where you turn around and retrace you steps.
This trail is on Military property, and is sometimes closed for training missions
Trailhead: From I-65, take the Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265) West exit. Continue west on the Gene Snyder Freeway for approximately 10 miles, and turn left (south) onto 31W. Continue south on 31W for about 8 miles, then turn left at the sign for "Bridges to the Past". Follow this road to the parking lot.
Trail Guides for Bridges to the Past:
Hiking in the Louisville Area
by Richard & Steve Hollos (RSH Media)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Fort Knox Environmental Management Office - (502) 624-3629
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Ron Long, who has posted 22 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Tim on 4/11/2016
Walked rather than hiked this trail as it's really an unused blacktop road. On this particular day the weather was a bit cool and cloudy but it was still a pleasant walk. Yes, you have to use some intuition to understand you walk around the road barrier but it is pretty obvious to the right as you approach the barrier. That said we headed up the road and were quite pleased to find the signs pointing out areas of interest, an old mill, cave and point. Most spectacular and the real reason to take this little walk is the 3 limestone arch bridges where the road crosses the creek. You can travel down to the creek bed to get a good look at these bridges. If you are thinking of it, do it.
Reviewed by Kim on 10/16/2015
Reopned Oct 2015. Great way to spend a morning or afternoon.
Reviewed by JP on 6/17/2013
Was excited to go on both hikes in this area after reading the reviews. Took my girlfriend and my kids with me. Followed the directions, found all the signs, found the trail heads. Both trail heads are marked closed for construction. While sitting there reading the signs, the police found us. Within 1 to 2 minutes, a patrol car was parked behind us. I was informed that we were on Federal Property and that the trails had been closed permanently by Fort Knox. Too many people had been hurt and done stupid things. Sad thing is, there are no signs that you are not supposed to be there, only the signs at the trail heads about being closed. ALL signs still direct you there, however, it is clearly monitored and public is no longer welcome. :(
Reviewed by ML on 3/12/2013
New to the area, so I called Fort Knox Environmental Management and this trail (as well as Tioga Falls) will be closed for another year due to rail construction.
Reviewed by JT on 10/17/2011
Trial is currently closed for construction. I have hiked the Tiaga Falls trail several times, and tried to take my todler on the Bridges trail this past Saturday. Looks like they're repairing or rebuilding the train bridge at the trailhead. Sign posted that both the Tioga falls and Bridges to the Past trails are closed for unknown length of time due to construction. If anyone else knows more details please post.
Reviewed by Leigh on 6/5/2010
I almost didn't do this trail because it took me a moment to realize you're supposed to go around the gate in the road at the bottom. After I figured this out, it was a very nice scenic walk. However it is all uphill, though the slope is pretty gentle, if you are out of shape it will make your legs burn! There were lots of bugs and ticks so be sure to use a repellent first. There is also a wooded trail that starts by the parking lot. I did not do that one, but it looked promising. There is also some very cool trestles. Worth a little visit, but the place won't take up your whole day.
Reviewed by Philip on 5/18/2009
I will visit again and bring more friends along
Reviewed by klj on 4/14/2009
very hard to find, it took us 6 hours to find! alot of trees have fallen on the trails from an ice storm about a month ago. the water wasnt flowing when we went, but we still got nice pictures. we kept walking past the fence but we got afraid after we passed the cemetary and we heard weird noises off the trails. overall a nice walk, but do in the day time!
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