There are a lot of trails there most of the ones I know are in the Zachari area just up the road about 6 or 7 miles. There a alot of creek bottoms and ridge tops some of the area gets real rough. There are some places to play in the mud and a couple of caves to check out one you can drive into. Some of the trails are starting to wash out so you have to watch out to make sure you know what's ahead. Over all it's a good time.
That is the problem with the trails around there. They are not marked most trails cross several different property owners. They are maintained by people who ride them if you see a sign saying to keep out please do. Most don't mind you riding as long as you don't mess with any of the cabins and shed along the trails. There are not many but there are a few. There are also some houses just stay clear of the yards. What kinda set up you running (stock, lifted, so on) most of the trails start off of barker branch. About 11 miles from the lodge at natural bridge. It's off of hwy 1036 about 8 miles down route 11 from the lodge. This is the easiest place to find there are trails on the back side of the bridge, but it's hard to tell someone how to get there. You can type in Zachariah 4wd trail in stanton,ky into google maps and it should come up or it just did for me this is mostly on government land and for licensed vehicles. You can also find it on google earth but you have to zoom in pretty close for the name to come up. If you start looking at the lodge in natural bridge then scan south west till you see sand lick rd. follow it south and it will take you to the trail. Sand lick is also a 4 wheel drive trail. Hope this helps! I would come show you some trails if I do have to work and you would want me to show you around.
I'm bringing to family to NB State Park this weekend and have been looking for scenic trails. The wife wants to take the kids hiking in the park but I'm also hoping to also get some time to drive the Jeep where it was meant to go.
I'm a Jeep newbie so I don't want to get suck on trails best left to experienced wheelers. My stock '14 JKUR is far more capable than I am and I'd like to avoid learning lessons the hard way.
I found the Zachariah 4WD trail on Google Maps. I see it goes from Big Bend/Sterling Rd to Sand Lick then forks on to Ashley Lease Rd. You'd mentioned it can get real rough so I'm wondering if I should just pass on it for now. Or is there a portion of Zachariah that is more newbie friendly than others? I'm not afraid of rough, just afraid of getting the family stuck out there with no winch.
Are there any other particular trails/roads around Sand Lick Rd. you recommend for less experienced wheelers?
There are trails all over the place there. A lot of them have easy parts and some get very difficult. So you kinda have to just watch and judge the trail as you go. If it looks to bad you just have to back track. Since they trails are not marked it is very hard tell people how to find certain trails. You just have to explore them. I am going up there tomorrow. My wife wants to see the cave. It's a good ride back into it. This is a very large cave that you can drive your jeep into during the busy season people tend to congregate there. Here's a pic. of it not a real good one thought.
No pavement no problems (till Monday)
This is great info! I'm new to the forum and a happy new owner of a Rubi Unlimited. I have been driving a XJ for the past 13 years and I figured it was time to upgrade.
I'm in Lex, so I will be heading to Zachariah 4wd trail soon.