Published: September 18th 2012September 16th 2012
Legacy Trail in Lexington Kentucky Text and Photos last updated
: May 2013Number of times we have biked this trail:
at least 8 times Location:
13 miles according to literatureDistance markers
: miles and kilometresSurface:
: 3 metresGrade
: Flat with a number of “slopes”Conditions of trail:
: none on trailWashrooms:
porta potties (one!)Garbage containers:
at staging areasRest Areas:
only at staging areasTrail marking
: trail name only at beginning (YMCA)
Parking is available at three trailheads: Coldstream Park
at McGrathiana Blvd.,
North Lexington Family YMCA
on Loudon Ave. andIron Works Pike
across from the Kentucky Horse Park campground entrance.
The first two have porta potty or washrooms, Iron Works Pike has only parking. On a busy September weekend the washrooms at the YMCA staging area were locked!! Go figure! We have been back a few more times and they are still locked. We had no difficulty in walking in the front door of the YMCA and using the washrooms and filling our water bottles.
The trail distance is given as 13 miles but as of 2012 was much less. The starting point at the YMCA reads as 2.2 miles and it concludes at the Kentucky Horse Park at 9.8 miles
so in fact the distance is 7.7 miles.
There are limestone posts with both miles and kilometres.
At each of the 3 staging areas there is something that we have not seen anywhere else. A bicycle pump
with built in pressure gauage and all the tools
needed to tune up your bike or change a flat. Very thoughtful!
This is NOT a rails to trails
bike path. It winds and curves and contains a few hills or slopes!
The first two miles from Iron Works Pike
heading south are scenic and rural in nature. Then for a while the trail parallels busy Interstate 75 and if you can't see the traffic you can certainly hear it. There are between 5 and 10 bridges that cross Cane Run Creek (often dry)
There are no benches or water
along the route except at the YMCA. No food or snacks available as you travel through north end of Lexington.
One busy street to cross (Newtown Pike)
On weekends the trail is very busy with walkers, bikers, skaters and runners.
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