13.5 mile linear trail, stretches to Tradewater River and Dawson Springs, trailhead located in the middle of Indian Bluff trail, winds north along several bluffs with scenic overlooks, trail can be hiked in sections, rated moderately difficult. Only 1.5 miles of this trail are located on Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. The remainder of the trail is on Pennyrile State Forest and Tradewater Wildlife Management Area. The trail is maintained by Hopkins County Jail Community Service Crew in the early spring and fall.
Dawson Springs is the first town certified as a Kentucky Trail Town. Located in the heart of the Pennyrile region of western Kentucky, they offer a number of outdoor opportunities. Being designated a Kentucky Trail Town means they also have other services to offer trail users such as dining, lodging and outfitters. Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park and the surrounding Pennyrile Forest are located just outside of town. The 13 mile Pennyrile Nature Trail connects town to the larger trail systems in the forest. Equestrians and bikers can find trails to explore in the Pennyrile, and paddlers can enjoy a day on the Tradewater River. A local outfitter offers boat rentals and guided trips for those that don't have their own gear. Sportsmen can find plenty of areas to explore also. The Pennyrile State Forest is open to most all statewide hunting seasons, as is Jones Keeney Wildlife Management Area, the oldest WMA in Kentucky. The Tradewater River, Pennyrile Lake and Lake Beshear are all popular among angler who fish them for a variety of species. When planning your next Kentucky adventure, be sure to check out Dawson Springs and see for yourself why they were the first Kentucky Trail Town.