Jackson-Yoe Loop (2 mi)

Jackson-Yoe loop crosses diverse lowland and upland terrain, within a oak-hickory forest. Named for two families that lived in the area in the 1800’s, the trail includes the Jackson family cemetery. This difficult trail has some steep sections and can get slippery in wet conditions.

Iron Ore Hill Loop (1.5 mi)

Iron Ore Hill derives its name from the iron industry that flourished in the area in the mid 1800s. This trail with moderate to steep slopes overlooks a valley, and weaves through a forest that has been cut down many times in its history. This trail will give you access… Read More

Guerilla Hollow Loop (1.2 mi)

Guerilla Hollow got its name as a result of guerilla activity during the Civil War. Though not still apparent, the trail passes through old homesteads. This trail weaves through some of Bernheim’s most mature wooded areas, with some moderate and steep slopes.

Cull Hollow Loop (1.5 mi)

Cull Hollow Loop is a trail with varying elevations, winding through many ridges and mounds of unknown origin (archaeologists have failed to find anything of note). Along the trail you will see the effects of logging and iron ore mining in the region.

Seasonal Prairie Trails (1-2 mi)

The mowed pathways through the grassland prairie provide easy walking with mostly even terrain, though caution of uneven terrain is encouraged. Use Big Prairie trails to connect to other trails in the Arboretum.

Nursery Loop* (1 mi)

This loop provides access to Bernheim’s Edible Garden and Research Building. Views into the plant nursery provide you with a behind the scenes glance into Bernheim’s horticultural work. Nursery loop features many wildflowers and moss and is a good place for bird viewing. The trail is mostly paved or gravel… Read More

Lake Nevin Loop* (1.3 mi)

This trail circles the 32-acre manmade Lake Nevin, a feature of the landscape design created by the Olmsted Brothers in 1948. This mostly flat and gravel-paved trail crosses through many of Bernheim’s beautifully landscaped gardens and connects to several other trails. This trail highlights Lake Nevin’s features, including the cypress-tupelo… Read More

Forest Giants Trail (2 mi)

The Forest Giants trail is an out and back trail, one mile each way. It leads from the Visitor Center to see all three of the Forest Giants in a Giant Forest. The first section is flat and mostly paved following along the Olmsted Ponds. The trail then crosses the… Read More

Arboretum Loop (1.5 mi)

Hikers are encouraged to use the hike/bike lane of Bernheim’s main road through the arboretum. This loop provides views of Bernheim’s topography and landscape features, including the grassland prairie, and highlights Bernheim’s many tree collections, including crabapples, dogwoods, magnolias, conifers and more Kentucky native trees. This trail is handicap accessible.