Redbird Crest Trail System

Area Status: Open

The Redbird Crest Trail is developed for off-highway vehicle riders, hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers to enjoy year round. The trail makes a loop that begins and ends near the Redbird District office. Two inner loops and a connector trail to a private off-highway vehicle campground add to the recreational experience. 

The trail has three developed trailheads with vehicle parking. Signs at each trailhead indicate the type of use permitted along each section of trail.

Trails with in the system:

Steep terrain in some areas may be challenging for beginners on off-highway vehicles. Inexperienced riders should always be accompanied on the trail. 

The trail is marked with orange diamond-shaped blazes. Trail symbols and signs are used at road intersections. 


Peabody OHV Trailhead  Note: Bridge closed for repairs. See detour map.

Latitude: 37.14360869 Longitude -83.58006022

  • Sugar Creek OHV Trailhead  

Latitude: 37.12639657 Longitude -83.48399937

  • Bear Creek OHV Trailhead  

Latitude: 37.02263601 Longitude -83.53301195

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The trail was severely impacted by flooding. Riders should anticipate trail blockages from downed trees and other debris. Proceed with caution.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Fee charged for some activities,Toilets
Fees: Permits are required for OHV use on this trail. $15/day; $60/annual pass. Passes may be purchased at the district office or vendor. Recreation Passes and Permits‚Äč  
Restroom: Restrooms are available at the trailheads.
Information Center: Redbird Office Contact Information

General Information

General Notes:


  • Motorcycles and off-highway vehicles are allowed on the Redbird Crest Trail system. Vehicles must be 64 inches wide or less to operate on Sections 1-6, 5A, 6A, 6B, and 7A. Vehicles must be less than 50 inches wide for all other sections.
  • Sections 16-22 are single track trail segments reserved for dirt bikes only.
  • OHVs cannot be licensed or registered in Kentucky. They are not street legal and cannot operate on trail sections 14 and 15. Only licensed, street legal vehicles are permitted on these trail sections. 
  • Cross-country travel and off-trail hill climbs are prohibited. Motorized vehicles must stay on trail sections designated for their particular use.   



The toilet facilities at Peabody trailhead, Bear Creek trailhead and Sugar Creek trailhead are accessible. 


From the Hal Rogers Parkway, take Big Creek Exit #34. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto KY 66. Go 0.7 miles (passing under the parkway) to the intersection with US 421/KY 80. Turn right and go 0.8 miles, and then turn left onto KY 66. Continue on KY 66 for 1.7 miles. The Redbird Ranger District office is on the right and the Peabody trailhead is on the left. 


Parking is available at trailhead parking lots  (Peabody trailhead, Bear Creek trailhead and Sugar Creek trailhead)

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Recreation areas with activity Mountain Biking:

The Redbird Crest Trail system is open to mountain bikes. Please be advised that this trail is developed for multiple users, including off-highway vehicle riders.  

Fees: No fee is required for mountain bikes on the trail.

Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

The Redbird Crest Trail system is open to hikers. Please be advised that this trail is developed for multiple users, including off-highway vehicle riders.

Fees: No fee is required for hiking on the trail.

Horse Riding

Recreation areas with activity Horse Riding:

The Redbird Crest Trail system is open to horseback riding. Please be advised that this trail is developed for multiple users, including off-highway vehicle riders. 

Fees: No fee is required for horseback riding on the trail.

OHV Trail Riding

Recreation areas with activity OHV Trail Riding:

The trail system is open to motorcycles and off-highway vehicles less than 50 inches wide. Motorized vehicle riders must stay on the trail sections that are designated for their specific use.


Toilets: Vault toilets at trailheads meet accessibility standards for persons with disabilities.
Fee charged for some activities: A fee is required for motorized use of the trail.
Accessible: The toilet facilities at the trailheads are accessible.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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