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. 

Trailheads:

  • Peabody OHV Trailhead  

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: Sections 7 and 11 are impassable due to damage from several downed trees.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Fee charged for some activities
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  
Open Season: Open All Year
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Rules and Regulations Motorized users must stay on trail sections that are designated for their vehicle type:
  • Trail sections 1-4, 5A, 6A, 6B  – These sections are designated for motorized vehicles 64 inches or less in width with engine size up to 1,000 cc and low pressure off-road tires. Vehicles more than 64 inches wide are not permitted on the trail.
  • Trail sections 5-13 and 7A – These sections are designated for motorized vehicles 50 inches or less in width. Vehicles more than 50 inches wide are not permitted on the trail.
  • Trail sections 14 and 15– Only street legal vehicles are allowed on this portion of the trail. Unlicensed vehicles must stay on trail sections designated for off-highway vehicle use.
  • Trail sections 16 through 22– Only single-track vehicles, such as dirt bikes, are allowed on these trail sections.
Vehicles 50 inches or less in width may ride all designated OHV trails identified on the motor vehicle use maps. Vehicles greater than 50 inches in width are prohibited (except sections 1-4, 5A, 6A, 6B up to 64”). Vehicles greater than 50 inches wide may use Forest Service roads which are identified on the Motor Vehicle Use Map as open to the public. These vehicles must be licensed for road use according to state laws.
Closest Towns: Manchester, KY
Restroom: Restrooms are available at the trailheads.
Information Center: Redbird Office Contact Information
Redbird District Information  

General Information

General Notes:

OPEN TO MOTORCYCLE/OHV USE

  • Motorcycles and off-highway vehicles are allowed on the Redbird Crest Trail system. Vehicles must be less than 50 inches wide(except sections 1-4, 5A, 6A, 6B up to 64”).  .
  • 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.   

Accessibility:

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


Directions:

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:

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


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

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.

Amenities

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

Location

 
  Latitude : 
37.14360869

  Longitude : 
-83.58006022