Let's venture to the southeast and check out Dale Hollow Lake State Park, located about 40 miles southeast of Glasgow.
Meeting time: 8 AM
Hike Distance: 5(ish) miles + cave
Estimated Hike Time: 4 hours
Well behaved dogs are welcome - Dale Hollow has a strict leash law
People traveling from Bowling Green can meet up in the Fairview Shopping Center Parking lot at 8AM to Carpool/ caravan over to Dale Hollow.
Estimated drive time from BG to DHL is about 2 hours. We will head up I-65 to the Cumberland Parkway, hop off at Glasgow and drive down KY90. We can park at the lodge and get a free permit for the cave. Bring a flashlight! From the lodge, let's venture up a section of the Boom Ridge Trail and cross over to the Boom Ridge/Eagle Point Connector. From there we can turn right on the Eagle Point Trail to an overlook and doubleback along the trail for the cave access. There are several options for loops along these routes also. I just uploaded a trail map to the Files section.
Enjoy the wonders of Cindy Cave during one of our guided tours or on your own. Cindy cave offers an experience you won’t soon forget with formations, crickets, bats, crayfish, and salamanders for viewing. If going on your own, you must check in with the front desk before entering to receive a free permit. Upon exiting the cave, please return permit to the front desk. Equipment rental fee $3.00 per person.
BOOM RIDGE (8.3-Miles)
This extensive ridge spreads into Tennessee along the southern boundary of the park. Boom Ridge is the main artery of the trail and several spur trails branch from Boom Ridge Trail to smaller ridges that taper down to Dale Hollow Lake. Boom Ridge Trail extends 4.3-miles from the trailhead near the campground check-in station to the tip of Boom Ridge in Tennessee. The trails leading off Boom Ridge and their lengths are listed below:
- Hoots Branch 1.2 miles
- Wolf Ridge 0.7 mile
- Short Ridge 0.5 mile
- Groce Ridge 0.6 mile
- Brushy Ridge 0.8 mile
- Buck Ridge 0.2 mile
EAGLE POINT (1.8 miles)
Eagle Point is reputed to be the finest overlook on Dale Hollow Lake, offering vistas into Tennessee and views of the lake, islands and surrounding countryside. The trail winds south from the campground check-in station. At 1-mile, the trail crosses the park road. After parking off the road, it is a leisurely .8-mile hike to the overlook.