Beginner Off-Road Trails Near Nicholasville, Kentucky

Henry Mtn Rd

This is a beautiful gravel road that leads to a walking trail for the old cottage furnace. It is easy gravel road with beautiful trees and wildlife. There are a few other side roads that…
Total Miles
4.2
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Rockcastle Exploring River Bypass

This wooded, mountain road is an easy gravel bypass. The road takes you by the Wildcat Mountain Civil War monuments and battlefield. It's a very beautiful drive and full of history.
Total Miles
3.1
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Fitchburg Stone Furnace

The Fitchburg Furnace is a historic iron furnace located in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Estill County, KY. The furnace is the world's largest charcoal iron furnace and the last to be built in…
Total Miles
3.3
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Wentworth School Rd

The trail less traveled. This is an old road that leads to the Smyth Cemetery. Its a nice easy trail with a lot of low hanging branches.
Total Miles
2.5
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Bald Rock Fork Rd

This is a great trail for beginners, and has a little bit of everything. Mostly gravel roads with a couple creek crossings, creek bed and a steep gravel hill. There are old oil buildings and…
Total Miles
2.2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Cave Fork Rd DBBB

A beautiful trail with plenty of scenery and a few shallow creek crossings. There are plenty of spots to pull over and enjoy the outdoors, and the creeks are cold and clear. This trail is…
Total Miles
2.7
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

Fixer Rd DBBB

Fixer Road is another section of the Daniel Boone Backwood Byway. This trail has a creek crossing, a creek bed section and some mud. It is very scenic and ties in with a few other…
Total Miles
2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Indian Creek Road

Indian Creek Road located in one of the northern portions of Daniel Boone National Forest and is a popular local summer destination for camping, swimming, and fishing. The majority of the road is gravel, two…
Total Miles
4.5
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su

Old Fincastle/Big Andy Ridge

This is an awesome scenic trail. You can skip the Old Fincastle section if you just want an easy drive through the Red River Gorge.
Total Miles
13.5
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

White Sulphur ATV Loop to Overlook

White Sulphur OHV Trail System is composed of several Forest Service roads and trails in the White Sulphur area, forming a 17-mile trail system of connecting loops. It is located near Cave Run Lake in…
Total Miles
3.3
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Myers Fork Road

A very scenic paved back road. This road will take you down and in between many trails in the area. This road is also part of the Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway. A fantastic set of…
Total Miles
11
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Rock Creek Road

Rock Creek Road parallels the stream from which it gets its name for approximately 8.2 miles. While there are several day use and dispersed campsites along the road it also passes by some private property.…
Total Miles
7.7
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Dolan Mountain

Dolan Mountain Road ascends from Rock Creek towards the south. Outside of a few large pot holes, it's a well-maintained gravel road wide enough for two vehicles to pass. When the trees are without leaves…
Total Miles
4
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa

Woods Road

Woods Road is a great area that offers dispersed camping, campground camping, hiking, and fishing options all along the 7 mile stretch of gravel. Woods Road parallels Rock Creek for most of its length and…
Total Miles
6.7
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa

Lexton Mountain

Lexton Mountain Road is a 2.5 gravel two-track that dead-ends at a nice campsite that could accommodate three to four trucks. Different from a lot of the road in the area this one travels along…
Total Miles
2.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa

Ryans Mountain Road

Ryans Mountain Road is a well-maintained gravel route that's two vehicles wide for the majority of its nearly six-mile length. It climbs from Kentucky State Highway 1470 before dropping back down from the ridgeline in…
Total Miles
5.6
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa / Wi

Stephens Knob

Stephens Knob is relatively unassuming for the majority of its 7.7-mile length. It's a very well-maintained gravel road. During the winter, nice views are available off of the north side. There's a split at the…
Total Miles
7.4
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Su / Fa

Little Rock Road

Little Rock Road connects Stephens Knob Road with Jellico Creek and Angel Mountain. The northern portion is mostly gravel and better maintained the southern portion where you'll find a few water crossings and rocky sections.…
Total Miles
5.4
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa / Wi

Wolf Knob

Wolf Knob is an 8.2 mile out and back trail that ends at a closed forest service gate with a grassy road extending a ways beyond it. There is one nice campsite close to the…
Total Miles
7.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Angel Mountain

Angel Mountain Road is a short out and back that intersects with Jellico Creek Road and Little Rock Road. Along the route, you'll find several small rock overhangs and outcroppings, locally known as "rock houses".…
Total Miles
2.4
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Su / Sp

Jellico Creek Road

Jellico Creek Road, aka Rock Creek Road, connects to Angel Mountain Road and Little Rock Road to the west and then transitions to pavement to the east. Along the 2.75 mile route, you'll find several…
Total Miles
2.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Bandy Creek Trek

This is a combination of dirt, gravel, and single-track in-the-woods roads. There really aren't a lot of difficult obstacles to make a note of other than a few areas that are washed out on Duncan…
Total Miles
4.9
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Decoy-Magoffin Loop

As with many trails in the under-development system that will become Eastern Kentucky's expansive off-road trail offerings, this route is a DIY adventure created by locals that know these mountains like the backs of their…
Total Miles
27.4
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Trail 10

You can expect a nice easy cruise up the mountain. It is a fairly gradual grade increase with occasional sections of loose rocks along the way. During the fall it seemed as though the trail…
Total Miles
2
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa