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Wet Prong Trail

Intermediate
 2.9 (7)

A forested trail in the heart of the Mammoth Cave backcountry.


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Map Key

4.5

Miles

7.2

KM

Point to Point

907' 276 m

High

596' 182 m

Low

374' 114 m

Up

391' 119 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildlife

Description

From the First Creek TH, the Wet Prong starts off pretty mellow on gravel doubletrack for about the first mile & a quarter before narrowing down to singletrack for the remainder of the trail. The trail loosely follows its namesake, the Wet Prong of the Buffalo Creek, making for a few fun creek crossings.

While the creek crossings were fun, this was one of the least fun trails in the park. Due to the creek and horse use, there are large sections of waterlogged soft mud that are challenging to navigate. For instance, the trail swallowed my right leg up to the knee. In most cases, there are faint bypass trails on the right (mostly), so keep an eye out for those. Additionally, the Wet Prong and McCoy Hollow trails are pretty overgrown during the summer, which hide numerous rocks and root obstacles.

The best section, however, is the mile leading up to the Collie Ridge Trail. At the intersection of the McCoy Hollow Trail, the Wet Prong continues uphill to it's official end on Collie Ridge. The first half mile is pretty steep (~10%), but quickly mellows out as you gain the ridge and end at a perfect rest stop (complete with a trash can!). The trail is in much better condition with fewer soft spots and rocks.

Flora & Fauna

The forest contains many hardwood trees and underbrush. Keep an eye out for wild turkey and deer.

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Shared By:

Clinton Lewis

Trail Ratings

  2.9 from 7 votes

#9

in North Side

#26324

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#9

in North Side

#267

in Kentucky

#26,324

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I can't stress enough to look for the bypass trails.
Aug 3, 2015 near Brownsv…, KY
The biggest creek crossing on the trail
Aug 3, 2015 near Brownsv…, KY
Several areas open up under the canopy to provide a nice view of the forest.
Aug 3, 2015 near Brownsv…, KY
After 5 minutes of work to free my leg.
Aug 3, 2015 near Brownsv…, KY
There are several long soft sections of the trail. SLOPPY! Look for bypass trails!
Aug 3, 2015 near Brownsv…, KY
The terminus of the Wet Prong Trail. The Buffalo Creek Trail enters from the left, the Collie Ridge Trail starts behind me and the Wet Prong begins to the right. And there is a trash can here!
Aug 3, 2015 near Brownsv…, KY

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Nov 6, 2020
Casey Geist
The first 3.25 miles of this trail are very improved up to the point that you cross Buffalo Creek. After that, it is torn up by the horses. 10.4mi
Oct 17, 2020
John Bruder
5.9mi