Overview. Within Jefferson National Forest is the Siltstone Trail. A 6.7 mile trail that runs between the Horine Reservation and Scott’s Gap Road. It’s a nice ridgeline hike with plenty of elevation change to add a bit of challenge.
I was at an event in Fort Knox and opted to hit this trail on the way back. With limited daylight and water, I cut it short at the last top and ran back to beat sundown. It was a great hike/run and is a great place to get some training miles in for hiking or running.
Route Type | Out and Back
Total Distance | 11.5 miles (13.4 to Scott’s Gap Rd.)
Overall Difficulty | Moderate
Siltstone Trail Map from City of Louisville
Trailhead. The trailhead for this hike is at the Horine Reservation Welcome Center. [map]
Trail navigation. The trail is a straightforward out and back with only a few intersecting trails. Each intersection is well marked, so follow the signs for Silstone and keep moving westerly toward Scott’s Gap. Retrace your steps to return to your car.
Limited water. This is a pretty dry trail with limited opportunities for water. Be sure to pack a little extra if heading out on a hot day. I had two water bottles, and it wasn’t enough for the mileage and heat.