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  • 13. Osborne Bend Trailhead

    The 7 mile (11.2 km) Osborne Bend Trail #240 is located entirely within the rugged 13,000 acre Clifty Wilderness. Osborne has two trailheads. One at this location, the other near the Tower Rock trailhead. Completing this trail as a loop requires a 2 mile (3.2 km) hike along KY Highway 715 (approximately 9 miles total). The trail is difficult, meandering along the broken ridge of Osborne Bend, but it provides plentiful opportunities for solitude. Osborne bend junctions with Lost Branch Trail # 239, which connects to the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail.

    Clifty Wilderness is one of two federally designated Wildernesses in Kentucky. Set aside by Congress in 1985, this area is protected by the Wilderness Act of 1964. It protects one of the most biodiverse areas in North America. Over 109 million acres within 765 Wildernesses across the country make up the National Wilderness Preservation System. A Wilderness is intended to remain undeveloped by humans to preserve its natural character. Wildernesses are rare, wild places where one can retreat from civilization, reconnect with the Earth, and find healing, meaning and significance. You will not find roads, permanent structures, power lines, or machinery of any kind here. Hiking, camping, and exploring in wilderness poses extra challenges, as well as rewards!

    When entering a Wilderness you are entering a remote site where cell or radio communications may not exist. Emergency services may be very limited, so make sure you come prepared.