Buttermilk Falls Hiking and Biking Trail

The trail was initially developed in 1996 by turning 2.5 miles of county road into a trail that connects Riverfront Park, on the banks of the Ohio River in Brandenburg east to Kentucky State Route 933. This riverside trail winds through the wooded, scenic area along Flippins Run Creek.

The Buttermilk Falls Trail (2.5 miles) includes a wooden footbridge over one of the many streams and passes Buttermilk Falls. These falls are formed from a series of hillside springs that run throughout the year. This spring system once supplied water to many of Meade County’s residents.

Emmert Falls Primitive Trail (1.1 miles) gently climbs through the hardwoods above, a trail spur leads to Emmert Falls and a pavilion with seating. Both trails converge at the “learning tree”, a 100-year-old Osage Orange Tree, a popular gathering spot with handmade sassafras benches. Its highlight during the spring is the wildflowers that grace the forest floor. Common species include Blue Bells, Dutchmen’s Britches, Shooting Stars, Wild Ginger, Trillium, and Yellow trout lilies.

Contact Information

Annie Hamilton
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River Road, Brandenburg, Kentucky 40108, United States

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Other Information

  • Hours Open

    Open every day at dawn and closes at dusk.
  • Seasons Open

    Year Round
  • Prices and Fees

  • Accessibility

    The main trail is paved and handicapped-accessible with no steps, but some steep inclines. Buttermilk Falls features a paved section for walking, running, walking, or biking. There is a second primitive trail called Emmert Falls that is unpaved and for more advanced hikers/bikers. The trail mouth has vehicle parking. No vehicles allowed on the trails.
  • Eco Friendly Notes

    This is a protected wetland area maintained by the City of Brandenburg, KY, and a private group of citizens. There are trashcans available and requested for use. The area is without running water and electricity, so the trails do close at dark.
  • Pet Friendly Notes

    This trail is pet friendly and pet waste bags are located inside the trail mouth along with trashcans.