Redbird Crest Trail System

Area Status: Open
This area is 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.

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Redbird Crest OHV Trail Guide

Trails with in the system:

Motorized users must stay on trail sections that are designated for their vehicle type:

  • Trail sections 1-13, 5A, 6A, 6B 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.

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  

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

USGS Quads: Beverly, Big Creek, Creekville, Helton, Hoskinston, Hyden West, and Ogle

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Accessible,Fee charged for some activities
Fees A fee is required for motorized use of this trail system.
Permit Info: Permits are required for OHV use on this trail. 
Open Season: Open All Year
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Stay on the posted trail only. Violators will be sited.
Closest Towns: Manchester
Water: No drinking water available.
Restroom: Restrooms are available at the trailheads.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Redbird Ranger District
91 Peabody Road
Big Creek, KY 40914

General Information

General Notes:


  • Motorcycles and off-highway vehicles are allowed on the Redbird Crest Trail system. Vehicles must be less than 50 inches wide.
  • 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)



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Fee charged for some activities A fee is required for motorized use of the trail.
Accessible The toilet facilities at the trailheads are accessible.