General description: This is a moderately strenuous to strenuous "fitness hike", meaning there will be very limited stops along the way. There will be stops at the top of each hill if needed to regroup and an optional stop at the old tobacco barn on the Hickory Trail. I will be trying to maintain about a 3 mph average pace. The route I have created is exactly 4 miles in distance combining together all of the trails in the park, including slight back tracking here and there and walking the meadow trail two times - counter clockwise, then clockwise later in the hike. The goal is to get your heart rate raised and maintained as much as possible. The pace is tentative, I will adjust if absolutely needed but I will encourage you to push yourself.
We will be hiking "as friends" meaning I nor anyone else can administer medical attention to you if needed. We can however call help in for you.
Park Brochure with trail map is here - http://www.oldhamcounty.net/p&r/Photo%20Gallery/Conservation%20Park/Park%20Map%20&%20Trails%20Guide.pdf
* Difficulty level: Moderately strenuous to strenuous depending on the fitness level of the hiker.
* Distance and Pace: 4.0 miles, speed 3.0 mph (give or take)
* Route: The trails are primarily grass with sporadic dirt trails.
* Regrouping: Typically after each large hill and intersection as needed. This will greatly depend on the size of the group so I will play it by ear. I do not have a sweeper to bring up the rear so I tend to keep a close eye on how well we are grouped together. I will stop whenever I see fit to keep the group somewhat together.
* Special Populations: Well mannered dogs are welcomed but please keep on a leash. This hike, because of the pace and hills, may not be ideal for small children.
* What to Bring: Bring water or whatever you choose to hydrate with - bug repellent is optional for this time of year - Good shoes, preferably trail shoes or trail runners with aggressive tread - If you wear a jacket remember that once we get past the first hill you will start to get hot. It is recommended that you wear zip down jackets so you can better control your comfort.
* Special considerations: It is the sole responsibility of each hiker to know their limitations and to know if they can participate in this type of event. There will be not be any medical assistance available and cell phone service is sparse throughout the park. Use your own judgement.
During this hike, we will encounter 3 large hills. Each hill is long and steep and could be very strenuous for some people. Hikers can maintain their own pace up the hills, I will wait for you and make sure you are ready to proceed before doing so.
If you would like to take pictures along the way, please do so as long as you are not slowing down the pace for the other hikers. We have to keep moving as much as possible.
Please make sure if you are taking pictures of the other hikers that they are ok with it. Not everyone wants to have their picture taken. We want to keep it pleasurable for everyone.
Bug protection is not required during this time of year.
Map Link to Location:
Directions to Location:
From Interstate 71 (you should be able to use this find it coming from any direction)
La Grange, KY[masked]. Take exit 22 toward La Grange - 0.2 mi
2. Merge onto KY-53 N/S 1st St - 4.5 mi
3. Turn right onto US-42 E/W U.S. Highway 42 - 3.5 mi
4. Turn left onto Kentucky 524 W - 2.8 mi
5. Turn right into the Park (Large concrete sign by the road)
Notes for directions: Most GPS devices lead to Little Big Horse Riding Stable on the left. Keep going past the stable, go through an "S" curve and the park will be on your right.
If you are coming from the Prospect/Goshen area via Hwy 42 you want to take the 2nd 524 left turn. (North of Hwy 53)
Morgan Conservation Park
1200 East Highway 524
La Grange, KY 40031
If it is your first time out please come out a little early so you can find the park ok and so you will not be late. GPS devices/phones don't always navigate well to this park for some reason.
If you rsvp but for some reason cannot make it, please take a minute to remove yourself from the roster. This is so the rest of the group is not being needlessly held up waiting for you. I will only wait until 11:10 unless I know you are on your way. Please communicate with me through this app if you are running late. My name is Rob Dempley and my cell is[masked]
One last note: There are no restroom facilities at this park other than the trees, so I recommend you take care of business before you come out. The trail is secluded enough that one can go in an emergency (once the group moves on a bit). If you are coming from I-71 there are plenty of restaurants and gas stations you can go to. After you go through the 4-way stop at the courthouse on hwy 53 there will be a Circle K down the hill a bit on your right. That is your last chance for rest room, water & they have a nice selection of energy/protein bars. If you are coming out from the Prospect area I don't believe there is a public rest room anywhere on hwy 42 once you leave Goshen.
Update: The OC Parks & Recreation currently has a port-o-potty on site but I do not know how long it will be there.