The Central Hardwoods Scenic Trail runs east and west, parallel to U.S. 68/Kentucky 80.
Land Between The Lakes Trails Manager Bill Ryan says the 3.2-mile eastern portion of the trail is paved and gives shoreline views of Lake Barkley and opportunities to view wildlife in open areas. The central and western portion is 8.5 miles and uses a compacted stone surface. Ryan says traveling along the trail gives visitors a chance to explore rolling hills and ridge tops of the central hardwood forest ecosystem.
Trails Unlimited, one of the Forest Service's 17 enterprise units, helped design and build the trail.