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Strunk, KY

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Enjoyed the trail so much can't wait to get back. campground was great as well
Reviewed by: Jim Isaacs on 11/14/2013 6:48:13 AM
Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 7/5/2013 Hometown: Somerset , KY

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Rode this trail for the first time today. It is beautiful! Much less traveled than the TN side - only saw 4 other horses during the 10 miles we rode. Best kept secret in trail riding!
Reviewed by: Carol on 10/23/2011 6:36:06 PM
Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 10/23/2011 Hometown: Eubank, KY

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Just got back from a week long stay at Bear Creek Resort in Stearns, Kentucky. We stayed in a really nice, fully furnished cabin directly on the trails. The cabin and accomadations were very nice. We had a five stall barn and a couple turnouts/small pastures. The trails are very well maintained and very wide. There are a lot of cliffs, rock bluffs, and ledges that you ride through, which are quite stunning. There are also a lot of rugged hill climbs. If your horse is not in solid shape, you will want to definitely monitor their breathing and performance. Overall the experience was a good one. The only negatives that I would really mention are the following; A. Surprisingly, there is nearly no wildlife. We didn't see a single wild animal (Not a raccoon, possum, deer, nothing). Better yet, we didn't see any tracks or evidence of wildlife either. This does not necessarily impact the quality of the trails, but it is worth mentioning. We really enjoy seeing wildlife when we ride and it was just very strange to experience how hollow the hills were with the absence of life. B. We love riding horses, however this is literally all there is to do in Stearns, Kentucky. There is a train ride that is available, but other than that there are very few things to do. When we were there, the temperatures were around 90 degrees daily. As a result, we would ride early and late. We found ourselves looking for something to do in the middle of the day. There are some nice restaurants with very nice people. However there is little else to really do in this area. You are literally in the hills and backwoods of Kentucky. All of this said, we would definitely go back. However we would probably not go back for a week long stay again. Next time we will probably go for 2-3 days. You can cover all of the Bear Creek horse trails in that amount of time and definitely feel like you have spent the necessary time in the saddle.
Reviewed by: The Buckskin Man on 7/26/2010 11:14:43 AM
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Experience: Expert Ride Date: 7/23/2010 Hometown: Wilmington, OH

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My group stayed at a private cabin near the campgrounds, with full amenities - including stalls. We were able to access the trails near the campgrounds. Despite alot of rain, the trails drained out quickly and we found very few muddy areas - especially when compared to the riding in our home state of Ohio - which can be treacherous with steep hills, poor drainage and our clay soil. The trails were beautiful, mostly pretty wide, and well marked. There were several places to water the horses in streams along the way. There was one extremely long (over a mile), steep hill that was a challenge for our group since it was at the end of a 6 mile, up and down, ride (Lee Hollow Loop) and our horses were not in top condition (the extreme heat and humidity of the day did not help, either). We had three, green horses and one horse with only a bit more experience than the others. All maneuvered the trails well, except for the last, long climb. I noticed that there were very few tracks from horses taking that hill and none went down - only one set of tracks went up. All other riders would travel the Lee Hollow Loop but cut off to the Big South Fork Railroad and then return the same way on the Lee Hollow Loop to avoid the long climb - a smart choice for less conditioned horses or really hot days!
Reviewed by: Anonymous on 7/4/2009 8:41:53 PM
Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 6/20/2009 Hometown: , Select State

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Great trails and great accomodations, better then the Tenn side as far as I am concerned. Less people and just as many trails. Really the best riding I have seen in the area.
Reviewed by: Bob on 6/30/2008 1:58:42 PM
Experience: Beginner Ride Date: 6/30/2008 Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio, OH