Block House Road - FS 350

Total Miles
3.1

Elevation

189.63 ft

Duration

1.25 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

The Block House Road FS 350 is a natural, low-standard, forestry road in the southwestern Kentucky section, Kentucky Lake side, of the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. It forms a loop going westward off the Woodland Trace National Scenic Byway that goes all the way to a bay off Kentucky Lake at its farthest reach. Both entry points to the trail feature ridge-top guardian mudholes, before heading downhill into the bottoms featuring mild grades with occasional short steep sections and a mostly dirt road with scattered rock, ruts, and washes. The bottom section pairs a feeder creek bottom road alongside a dirt road, and with the predominant fallen trees of this area, it forces riders to find the route that is currently open and available between the two parallel routes. In the bottoms, expect fallen trees to climb over, tree root obstacles, large mounds of loose gravel, water collection spots, tight treelines, and deep ruts. It's a very fun road if you want adventure. The road is natural and is subject to change with the season, giving a unique ride almost every time it is experienced. Note that this road is closed from 3/27 to 5/5 yearly for Turkey Season.

Photos of Block House Road - FS 350

Block House Road - FS 350
Block House Road - FS 350
Block House Road - FS 350

Difficulty

The FS 350 features some gatekeeper mudholes on both ends of the loop in makes with the Woodland Trace Road. The smallest of the mudholes easily are 12 inches deep, with the larger holes being blocked off with logs or overgrowth. These were easily 2 to 3 feet deep, so it is advised to avoid them. The grade of the hills leading to the bottoms is mild with only small whoops that increase the steepness in the grade to moderate. The bottoms are where the fun comes into this trail. There are multiple routes within this section, and following the feeder creek bottoms is the direction referred to. The creek bottoms are typically dry, but have been shaped by use and rainwater mounding the rock into large 3-foot-plus mounds, 1-2 foot drop-off ruts, partly buried logs, downed trees, washes, and a very unlevel surface all with unpacked coarse creek gravel. The meandering of the creek, neighboring treelines, and eroded dirt walls create generally tight conditions, specifically turns, requiring multi-point turns to achieve. The bottoms will feature small water collections and mud holes. The bottoms also have a remarkable amount of downed trees, which have tight bypasses or require being driven over to pass. All this said, this trail is given a 4/10 rating due to the loose terrain, tight conditions, and hard flex points of the bottoms, with the deep mudholes at the entry points. Difficulty will increase in times of wet conditions and rain, especially in the bottoms where it uses the feeder creek to route to Kentucky Lake.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Paul Lunsford
Jun 07, 2024
4x4
Obstructed
Downed Tree
Seth Hohman
May 25, 2024
4x4
Open
Brady Cheatham
Jan 01, 2024
4x4
Open
Rough/Deteriorated

Access Description

Navigate to the Woodland Trace National Scenic Byway, which is the main thoroughfare north to south within Land Between the Lakes. Head to 36.71117, -88.04512 to access the northern entry or to 36.70213, -88.02914 for the southern entry of the 350. Both go to the west of the Woodland Trace. The northern entry has a 350 sign, but the south has does not. Pictures are taken north entry to the south entry, but in practice, either direction would be just as fun and challenging.

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