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Brier Creek Trail- Nolin Lake State Park


“Briar Creek Trail Crew Leader, Bearded Steve”

The Brier Creek Trail System is exciting with great climbs, daring descents, a fair share of technical challenge and spectacular views of Nolin Lake. The Waterfall Loop, Omega Downhill Flow, Omega Loop, Lakeshore Bluff and the Point Loop Trails are NOW OPEN! Phase III began Dec 2013 and was completed in Dec of 2014. Phase III entailing the Omega Downhill Flow Trail as well as the Lakeshore Bluff & Point Loop Sections were masterminded by Alex Stewart. We are still having trail work days most every second Saturday (9am-noon) every month! Last year alone the Friends of Nolin Lake (FONL), the Ky State Park Foundation (KSPF), Breck’s Bicycle Shop and William Florman have together contributed $12,000 for the Project.

Trail Length:

Completed Trail Length is Currently 8 miles

{9.2  miles when pedaled out and back with all right hand turns.}

Waterfall Loop: 1.9 miles  - Intermediate with some Advanced natural technical rock features.

Lakeshore Bluff: 1.8 miles – Intermediate with some short advanced terrain

Omega Downhill Flow: .4 miles – Intermediate to  advanced sloped terrain (one way direction to be ridden downhill only)

Omega Loop: 1.8 miles -  Intermediate with some Advanced slope terrain.

The Point Loop: 2 miles- Intermediate with some short Advanced sections


Designed By                                                                                     

Alex Stewart of Spectrum Trail Design and The Southwest Kentucky Mountain Bike Association (SW KyMBA an IMBA Chapter).


Nolin River Lake State Park

2998 Brier Creek Road


Trail Story

When the Sal Hollow Trail at Mammoth Cave was closed to Mountain Bikers and handed back over to equestrians there was a big hole left in everyone’s gut about where to ride. SW KyMBA forged a partnership with Kentucky State Parks and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to design and construct the Brier Creek Trail System. The synergy between the concept that “riders need trails and trails need riders” became a reality and is ongoing today. Presently the partnership’s continue to snowball with support coming from The Friends of Nolin Lake (FONL), The Point at Nolin, Barren River Health Department, Breck’s Bicycle Shop, KSPF, USACE, KSP & WKU ORAC. May the snowball continue to roll. Please contact us at swkymba@msn.com if you are interested in joining us as support for the Brier Creek Project.  When completed, this place will be EPIC!

Current Trail Map

2015 Brier Creek Trail Map - FINAL





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