Tater Knob Trail #104

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Tater Knob Trail #104 is a short trail that begins at the Tater Knob Fire Tower parking area and connects to the south with Buck Creek Trail. It begins by passing by a spring that flows from the limestone rock below Tater Knob. This spring was used by the fire lookouts stationed at the tower. The trail passes below the limestone cliff and continues along the ridge before a long descent to Buck Creek Trail. The trail also connects with Cave Run Trail which begins across the Zilpo Natiional Forest Scenic Byway, parallels the road and then continues north. The trail is located near Cave Run Lake on Cumberland Ranger District. Tater Knob Fire Tower is closed to visitation due to damage.

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

Tater Knob Trail starts at the Tater Knob Fire Tower parking area, follows the ridge southward then descends steeply along an old timber road, ending at the Buck Creek Trail #118 which is also FS 1056. 

View information about Cave Run Lake Nonmotorized Trails for  trails around Cave Run Lake.

Trail Head: Tater Knob Fire Tower Parking Area

Trail Connections:

At a Glance

Fees None
Open Season: Open All Year
Restrictions: Horseback riding is not permiited on this trail. Closed to motorized use. 
Closest Towns: Morehead
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center:
For more information, please contact:
Cumberland Ranger District
2375 KY 801 South
Morehead, KY 40351 606-784-6428

General Information


The trail is not accessible. 


Parking is available at the trailhead parking area. 


From US 60 in Salt Lick, turn south on KY 211 for 4 miles and turn left on Clear Creek road. Turn left onto the Zilpo National Forest Scenic Byway and follow the road to Tater Knob Fire Tower on your right. The trail begins at the interpretive signs off of the parking lot. 



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