Overview. We camped at Woodland and decided to see where the old roadbed would lead us before moving on with our day. It’s a short walk from camp to a large meadow that has a small pond with plenty of frogs. We walked the edge of the meadow and found a fairly well established game trail that we followed downhill to a nice, solitary rock shelter.
Route Type | Out and Back
Total Distance | 0.63 miles
Overall Difficulty | Easy without Rock Shelter, Strenuous with
*this trail is unmarked
Trailhead. From KY-15, turn north onto Tunnel Ridge Road. Follow the road approximately 2.4 miles past a number of other parking lots. It is on the left just past Tar Kiln Parking Lot. [map, waiting for Google approval]
Trail navigation. From the Woodland Parking Lot, take the user trail furthest left when facing south. This is very well defined and will take you to a fire ring and backcountry campsite. Look left to see the road bed and follow the most well-trodden path. Once on the old road bed, continue until you reach an open meadow just short of two-tenths of a mile in. Explore the meadow and edges.
If you choose to see the rock shelter to the south of the meadow, come around the edge of the meadow to find the best game trail that leads south (the one we used was toward the southeast edge of the meadow). Take your time bushwhacking down and know that the soil is quite loose off the game trail. There is a large downed tree that makes for a great handhold assist leading down to the little stream. Go upstream to find the rock shelter and enjoy. Retrace your steps to return.
CAUTION - Unmarked Trail. This is an unofficial trail with no markings.
CAUTION - Bears. Black bears are growing in number throughout Daniel Boone National Forest. Be sure to follow bear safety precautions. [Be Bear Aware by US Forest Service]