Summary: This short loop trail is best hiked in a clockwise direction. This allows for a gradual climb for the majority of the hike, and a steep descent at the end. The trail is well marked with red rectangles in the clockwise direction and red triangles in the counter-clockwise direction.
The trail leads through the beginnings of Cull Hollow. The hike is entirely through the hard wood forest that Bernheim is famous for. About half way through the hike, is a very interesting hillside, full or rocky ledges and large stones strewn about. This is a nice area to explore, and can be the scene of small waterfalls after rains. This area is also frequented by deer and turkeys.
At about the 1 mile point, the steep descent of about 200' will lead you back to the parking lot. You will be surprised by the elevation you have gained.
Trailhead: Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is located about 25 miles south of Louisville, KY, on Highway 245 in Clermont, KY. Take I-65 to exit 112 and go east for about one mile.
Bernheim gates are open daily, except December 25 and January 1, from 7 a.m. until sunset. The Visitor Center, Art Gallery, and Nature Shop are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in the summer).
Admission is free on weekdays, $5 per vehicle weekends and holidays.
Trail Guides for Cull Hollow Trail:
Hiking in the Louisville Area
by Richard & Steve Hollos (RSH Media)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest - (502) 955-8512
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Ron Long, who has posted 22 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Leigh on 6/5/2010
Like the main review said, it is probably easier to hike this trail clockwise. However, the large sign designating the trailhead takes you counter clockwise. The initial hill was very steep and long but once you master it, it's easy hiking from then on. I prefer it that way. If you want to do clockwise, look for the trail over by the left side of the parking lot. The trail was nice and wide, not overgrown. Had a nice little bridge. I enjoyed it!
Reviewed by Paully on 2/3/2005
While your out there, the stream that can been seen at the beggining of the trail is rock run. Where this crosses the road is a trail of the same name. Instead of hiking the trail walk down the creek. It is ephemeral(sp) i.e. it only runs when it rains. The rock creek bed and steep terrain is very intimate. During periods of heavy rain, the creek sometimes will have up to 2 feet of water. The whitewater is very aerated an dtwists and turns through the park at alot of speed. It can feel as if your next to a mountain stream .
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