Sunday, September 29, 2013

Cave Run Trail Management

From the Team Sawyer-Dietrich news desk...

Check out this article on the management of the trails at Cave Run Lake.

Forest Service decides management for Cave Run trails

Release Date: Sep 25, 2013  
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dave Manner
WINCHESTER, Ky., Sept. 25, 2013 – U.S. Forest Service officials have announced new management direction for trails in the Cave Run Lake area of the Daniel Boone National Forest.
Under the new direction, horse and mountain bike users will each have their own designated trail system. All of these trails will be open to hikers. The separated use is intended to enhance the quality of experience for all users. Equestrian use will be designated near existing horse camps and trails. Bike use will be zoned where trails, both existing and newly constructed, can access nearby campgrounds.
“In an effort to meet recreational demand and enhance tourism in our local communities, we are striving to provide a sustainable trail system that all visitors can enjoy,” said District Ranger Dave Manner.
Much of the existing trail system was originally designed for hiking over 40 years ago. Since that time, equestrian and mountain bike use in the area has steadily increased. The additional use has impacted the trail surface, vegetation, water quality and soil conditions in the area. As a result, the recreation experience of trail users has suffered.
Forest managers began working with trail users several years ago to look for alternative ways to manage the system. The complex geology, highly erodible soils, year-round precipitation and mixed ownership have made trail development and maintenance challenging.
“We sought to achieve a manageable solution to balance user needs and desires with responsible natural resource management,” said Manner.
A large portion of the area west and south of Cave Run Lake, including the Caney Loop Trail and Murder Branch, will be designated for horseback riding and hiking only. A portion of the area west of Cave Run Lake will be designated for mountain biking and hiking.
In addition, new mountain bike loop trails are planned for construction north of the lake and 28 miles of currently closed Forest Service roads will be opened to connect loop trails and expand horseback and mountain bike riding opportunities.
Amenities such as signs, horse resting areas, and trail head and parking areas will be improved and/or constructed.
The new management direction will be implemented over several years. The first priority will be to designate the trails for mountain biking and horseback riding. Trail and trailhead signs will be installed, and maps and web page information will be updated.
During the second phase of implementation, seasonal and cross-country horse travel will be restricted to minimize impacts and reduce maintenance. Implementation of the new trails and improvements will occur as necessary resources become available, including funding and volunteers.
“We appreciate the trail users working with us to develop a new vision for the trails in the Cave Run Lake area,” stated Manner. “I look forward to continuing our partnership to make the trails in this area some of the best in Kentucky.”

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Claylick Boat-In Campground

Greetings from the worldwide headquarters of the internationally known adventure team of Team Sawyer Dietrich.

Today I will be talking about a hidden gem within the Daniel Boone National Forest/Cave Run Lake area.  It's called the the Claylick Boat-in Campground.  For our latest trip we were searching for something different and came across this, 13 primitive campsites, campground.  As the name suggests one can boat in straight to the campground as there are moorings for boats.  If boating is not your thing there is also a 1/2 mile trail that leads to the campground from the Claylick Boat Ramp.

We chose to kayak in with all of our gear from the boat ramp.  That was a neat experience because I had never done that before and my inexperience showed because I barely was able to fit all of the gear that I had brought into the kayak...I'll know better next time.  Kenny on the other hand was able to fit his gear in comfortably as he is an ultralight guy and didn't have as much stuff.

 Cave Run Lake at dusk from campground

Our main goal with this trip was not hiking/backpacking but to kayak and fish.  Kenny had some prior experience and I had no experience with kayak fishing.  Once we set up camp, we decided to go out and try our hand at fishing Cave Run Lake.  It was a challenge to keep all of my gear from spilling in the lake as my kayak is not set up for fishing.  As it turned out though it wouldn't have mattered anyway.  We didn't get a all.  That was was a bummer.  I was prepared to grill out some fish with fresh garden vegetables in a hobo pack that I had prepared, but it wasn't to be.  At least we had the fresh garden vegetables though.  They were tasty.


The campground itself is clean and very well maintained.  It has potable water, vault toilets and bear proof trash containers.  Each campsite is level and has a very fine pea gravel as a base and has a picnic table, a fire ring with a moveable grill on top and at least one lantern post.  Firewood was not a problem as there were several dead trees and tree limbs down the access road and in the surrounding woods.
Vault toilets and Bear Proof Containers in background

There are campsites that are waterfront and some that are in the woods for somewhat of a private campsite.  There are no reservations, so each site is first come first served. Prices as of July 2013 were $12/single and $18/double site.  Also make sure you purchase an overnight pass for your vehicle to park in the Claylick Boat Ramp parking area.

Claylick Boat-In Campground from the lake

View from our campsite to the lake

If you go to the Claylick Boat-In Campground, come back to our site, leave a comment and tell us what you think.  We hope the information and pictures are helpful to you.

Find Your Adventure,
Team Sawyer Dietrich

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Berea College Forest

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and that you didn't eat too much, although that's probably not the case.  :-)  Here is another post to encourage you to get out and burn off some of those extra pie and turkey pounds with a day hike at the Berea College Forest in Berea, Ky

Back in the summer Kenny and I went on a day hike to the Berea College Forest and hiked about 6 miles of the 8 or so miles of trails and stopped at all of the scenic vistas that the BCF has to offer.  West Pinnacle, Indian Fort Lookout, Buzzard's Roost, Eagle's Nest, East Pinnacle and another really cool overlook, that I haven't been able to find a name for, just down the trail from the Indian Fort lookout.  I had been to the BCF several times in the past while in college at EKU, but never had hiked all or most of the trails at one time.

Let me just say right now:  pound for pound, mile for mile this is the BEST day hike I have been on in Kentucky thus far.  The scenic views are outstanding, the trails are nice and typically when going during the day, through the week, one would not encounter hardly a soul on the trail.  The weekends, I'm sure, are crowded and it's not to say that you wont see someone else during the week but it's always nice when you can enjoy one of the scenic views with no one else around.

Unnamed overlook

From the West Pinnacle and Indian Fort Lookout one can see EKU in the distance and on a clear day one can see the "Big Blue Building"or 5/3 building in Lexington.  Although I haven't confirmed this, I swear that is what it is because it's in the direction of Lexington and being that it's the tallest building in Lexington...I'm just sayin'.  If anyone out there agrees with me please comment.

View from Indian Fort Lookout
After all of the times that I had been hiking at the BCF over the years, I had never ventured to the East Pinnacle.  Man was I missing out.  I had always hiked up to the Indian Fort Lookout because, rightfully so, it has awesome views of the valley below, EKU and the aforementioned Lexington skyscraper. The East Pinnacle views are stunning!

East Pinnacle

CAUTION!!!  These are cliffs and can be dangerous.  PAY ATTENTION!!!

I'm not trying to preach but want everyone to be aware of the danger of not paying attention in this scenic area.  All of the overlooks can be a fall hazard.

Once you are done hiking go check out their downtown area.  Berea is the "Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky" least that's what they say.   And if there is one thing that is a must after hiking, it's that you get a couple of slices, at least, of pizza from Papalenos.  The pizza is awesome.  Check them out.

If you get a chance check out the Berea College Forest and it's trail system.  You wont be disappointed.

Team Sawyer-Dietrich