This is a beautiful setting with a picturesque creek, mature woods and lots of interesting terrain. The park consists of a ½ mile beginners loop - wide single track with little elevation change that follows the scenic creek and back to the bridge; a 2 mile intermediate loop -single track with interesting terrain, elevation changes, tree underpasses, and tree and gully crossings - that follows the creek on the opposite side of the beginners loop; a 3 mile highly technical expert loop and a 5 plus mile advance loop. Over ten miles of mountain bike trails!
How to get there:
Directions from I-71/I-75 in Florence, KY
Take the Burlington, Hwy 18 exit (Exit 181) and go west on Burlington Pike for approx. 5 miles to Burlington.
At the intersection just past the courthouse (flashing light) turn right on Idlewild Rd and head north approx. 1 mile.
You will pass the Boone County Fairgrounds on the left and just to the right will be the entrance to the England Idlewild Park.
Turn right into the park and take the main road to the last ball fields on the right - fields 6 and 7.
You can park at the end of the lot that runs between fields 6 & 7.
Follow the edge of the woods to the right for 200 feet and you will see an opening in the fence line to the left, follow the road down the hill into the woods and you will see the bridge. You are there!
|Posted by: Sheikhat on 10/27/2012
Hi Emily,It's Bonnie, your mom's roommate from clleoge. I'm sure you know that she and I hiked the part of the trail that goes through Shenandoah with a girl named Linda when we were 19. I hiked the area around Mt. Rogers in SW Virginia the year before that with a bunch of girls. Hiking the trail is kind of like experiencing childbirth: hard work and intermittent discomfort all forgotten and replaced by joy,trumped by the exhilarating beauty and treasured memories of people and places and pure pleasure at the interaction of your muscles and the rocky trail. Goodness, I envy you! I'm proud of you, too!By the way, my kids feel the same way you do about Native Americans, materialism, etc .I do too. Come back and do something to save the planet.Bonnie