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Limestone Loop


A little singletrack, a little gravel grinding, and a whole lot of fun!

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1,283' 391 m


769' 235 m


1,512' 461 m


1,510' 460 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed


This ride is a must-do if you're in the Morehead/Cave Run area. This loop includes three miles of the Sheltowee Trace and a new section of singletrack built after "The Decision" (see history). Clack Mountain Road is a fantastic gravel doubletrack that can suck you in and cause you trouble real quick.

The USFS has put out a good map showing allowed uses in the whole area with planned trails as well:…

Need to Know

If you want to stop along Clack Mountain West Road or Forest Road 16 you can see an incredible view from Lockegee Rock.


Begin from the visitors center parking area near the Cave Run Lake dam. Follow the Sheltowee Trace NRT: Section 8 north up a long steady climb with a couple of distinct cruxes to Lakeview Ridge Trail #122. Once on the ridge, enjoy fun rollers and great views of Cave Run Lake for a couple of miles until you go down an extremely fast doubletrack downhill.

Once you cross the bridge, turn right, and it will bring you to Highway 801. Turn left and ride Highway 801 for roughly half a mile until you see Clack Mountain West Road also known as Forest Road 16 on your left. It is across from Twin Knobs Campground. Ride this 4.5 miles until you see Forest Road 964. Turn left onto 964 until you reach the Sheltowee Trace NRT. After riding the Sheltowee Trace NRT for a mile you'll turn left onto the "Thumb" or Limestone Trail #109. Once on Big Limestone Trail #109, the nature of the trail changes to singletrack, which will be on the left side of the doubletrack road.

After riding Big Limestone Loops 1-4, you'll turn left onto the Sheltowee Trace NRT: Section 8, which will take you back to your car, which is 3.5 miles. Enjoy the rollers across the ridge and a fantastic singletrack downhill descent.

History & Background

Twenty years ago, Cave Run Lake was the crowning jewel of Kentucky mountain biking. But after years of conflict between bikers and equestrians, years of overuse by horse people and under maintenance all around, the trails were in terrible shape.

Not so long ago those user conflicts came to a head. The Forest Service was forced to intervene and the result was a decision (THE Decision…) which separated user groups and designated hike/bike and hike/horse areas with one small section of shared horse/bike trail.

The major upside of this decision was the allowance of some new trail development for horseback riding and mountain biking. Slowly but surely, Cave Run is once again becoming a mountain biking destination in the Bluegrass state.


Shared By:

Chris Chaney with improvements by Rodney Watkins

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Goofing around on Lakeview Trail
Jul 6, 2015 near Morehead, KY
Starting field of the 2016 Cat 3/Fat Bike/Clydesdales race of the Kentucky Point Series at Cave Run Lake.
Mar 29, 2016 near Morehead, KY
Turning onto Big Limestone
Jul 5, 2015 near Morehead, KY
Riding the Big Limestone Trail
Jul 20, 2015 near Morehead, KY
Limestone Loop 1 on 109. You can ride all morning and not see anyone
Oct 15, 2018 near Morehead, KY
Riding Lakeview in autumn
Jul 5, 2015 near Morehead, KY


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Dec 21, 2019
Michael Anstead
Main road doubletrack a little wet, but "finger" MTB trails were perfect. Great trail. Leaf litter makes it slippery in spots.
Aug 24, 2019
Dominic Frascella
18.4mi — 2h 14m
Jun 15, 2019
Eriko Hatanaka
May 23, 2019
Frank Rizzo
3 trees on trail in the first 5 miles. some muddy spots. lots of fun. Would like to do clockwise next time 17.8mi
May 11, 2019
Scott Phillips
A couple downed trees, but otherwise in great shape! 20mi
Dec 29, 2018
Scott Phillips
Wet on the sheltowee. the singleteack is pretty dry / covered in wet leaves. 19.8mi
Oct 22, 2018
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May 28, 2018
Jason Myers