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Redbird Crest Trail System

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Alt Names

Daniel Boone National Forest, Redbird Ranger District, Peabody Trailhead, Sugar Creek Trailhead, Bear Creek Trailhead, Red Bird River

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Daniel Boone National Forest offers over 100 miles of motorized trails with a large portion that is designated as pure single track. Most of the terrain is rough, narrow and rugged with many sections following mountain ridgetops.

The trail system has three developed staging areas, and each comes with a vault toilet. The single track is located about .3 miles east past the Peabody Staging Area but motorcycles must be street legal since a section of paved road must be crossed to access the trailhead.

The area is open year-round but a trail pass is required to ride here, which can be purchased through nearby vendors or by visiting the Redbird Crest Ranger Station.

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Nearest CityBig Creek, KY
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From: Big Creek, KY
1) Take Hwy 66 south about 2 miles
2) Turn left (north) onto Frank Bowling Road, continue about .25 miles toward Peabody Trailhead.

For Bear Creek Trailhead:
3) Continue south past Peabody Trailhead about 12 miles
4) Staging area is on the right (west).

For Sugar Creek Trailhead:
5) Take Hwy 421 east from Big Creek about 7.5 miles
6) Turn right (south) onto Foresty Road/Game Reserve Road, continue .8 miles
7) Trailhead entrance is on the right (west).


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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Permit RequiredYes
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate and narrow terrain
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four WheelersPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYes
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep on the trail
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.
CommentOnly street legal machines are permitted on Trail 14 and 15.


RidingYes ($7.00 per rider)
Three Day Pass - $15; Annual Pass - $40


Contact InfoDaniel Boone National Forest - Redbird Ranger District
91 Peabody Road
Big Creek, KY 40914
(606) 598-2192


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Redbird Crest Trail System

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Miles Of Trail100
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1500 to 1800 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintainedtrails are marked with orange blazes
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (E)Mary Breckinridge Hospital (606) 672-2901
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (E)Triple R Market (606) 672-3410
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (E)Triple R Market (606) 672-3410
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SE)Stinnett Area Community Center (606) 374-3740
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SE)Stinnett Area Community Center (606) 374-3740
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SE)Stinnett Area Community Center (606) 374-3740
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (SE)Stinnett Area Community Center (606) 374-3740
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (E)Triple R Market (606) 672-3410
Swimming Swim AreaBig Creek, KYLaurel River Lake (606) 864-4163
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site
Boating Launch Boat RampBig Creek, KYLaurel River Lake (606) 864-4163
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