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Brier Creek – Nolin Lake State Park


Briar Creek Trail Crew Leader “Bearded Steve”

The Brier Creek Trail System is exciting with great climbs, daring technical descents  and views of Nolin Lake. The Waterfall Loop and Omega Loop are NOW OPEN! Phase III began Dec 2013 and is currently underway. Phase III  entails the Flow Trail as well as the Point & Point Loop Section masterminded by Alex Stewart. We are still having trail build days every second Saturday (9am-noon) every month! Just recently Friends of Nolin Lake (FONL) and the Ky State Park Foundation (KSPF) have together contributed $4500 for the Project’s continuation.

Total Trail Length:

Projected to be 9-10  miles when complete.

Completed Trail Length is Currently 5.3 miles

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

Omega Loop: 2.2 miles -  Intermediate with some Advanced slope terrain.

The Point: 1.2 miles- Intermediate with some short Advanced sections


Projected Future Trail Length Breakdown:

Down Hill/ Flow: 1.5 miles- Intermediate to Advanced

Point Loop Lollipop: 3 miles or 4.4 miles (Round Trip) – Intermediate

Campground Connector: .5 mile – Beginner


Designed By                                                                                     

(Chip on the Nimbus 2000 aka Ditch Witch)

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


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. 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!

Conceptual Trail Map

(Blue and Green Trails are completed and ride able)

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Gravity Side Note

in Dec 2013  Alex Stewart with Spectrum Trail Design has joined the project for the expansion trails that will come off the West facing side of Omega Hill as well as the Point and Point Loop Trail. These Trais are going to be a combination of Gravity/DH/Flow Trails and XC ranging from Intermediate to Advanced. We’ve also come up with a crafty cool water crossing utilizing 2 connected 4 ft by 12 ft docks which will render the water crossing ride able year round. Projected completion is December 2014 if all goes well. More info to follow


Brier Amendment 2-21-13 crop

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