Big Limestone Trail #109

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Big Limestone Trail, located on  Cumberland Ranger District near Cave Run Lake, is an easy and fairly level trail from Amburgy Rocks to the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail. The trail passes by Big Limestone Knob, the highest point in Rowan County at 1,435 feet in elevation. The trail follows an old logging road before turning into a narrow dirt trail.

The trail connects the Sheltowee Trace with FS 16.

Mountain biking and Hiking PermittedHiking and mountain biking are permitted on this trail. Horse and motorized use are not permitted.

View information about Cave Run Lake Nonmotorized Trails.

The forest along this trail is mostly second and third growth pine and hardwoods. Unique limestone features are also seen along the trail. 

Trailhead: Forest Service Road 964

Trail Connections: Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail #100 Section 7 (3 miles) and Section 8 (3 miles)

At a Glance

Fees None
Open Season: Open all year
  • Horses and motorized vehicles not permitted
  • Stay on designated trails. No cross country travel. Don't cut switchbacks.
  • Obey trail use designations as signed.
  • Respect seasonal closures. Avoid using trails when wet. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones.
Closest Towns: Morehead
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center:
Cumberland Ranger District
2375 KY 801 South
Morehead, KY 40351 

General Information


From US 60, turn south on KY 801 for 5.5 miles, and then turn left on Forest Service Road #16 (across from the entrance to Twin Knobs Recreation Area). Follow this road uphill for 4.6 miles. You will pass 3 gated roads on your right and then a non-gated Forest Service Road on your left (Forest Service Road 964). Follow this road to a parking area. The trail continues along the road through a gate. 


Parking is available on Forest Service Road 964 before the gate. 


This trail does not meet accessibility standards for persons with disabilities. 

General Notes:

Section 7 of the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail is not open to horses. This section of trail crosses a suspension bridge. 



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