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.