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As you have probably noticed we have a great big sign on the parkway stating that Manchester is an official “KY Trail Town”. This is thanks to our connections to local streams, forests and natural landmarks. With the combination of beautiful mountain forests, natural streams and other outdoor recreation opportunities, Manchester is the perfect trail town. Manchester is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest and is near Goose Creek, the Redbird River and the South Fork of the Kentucky River. These streams provide excellent paddling opportunities for visitors. There are also hiking, camping, ATV trails, horseback trails and cycling routes in the area.

Clay County hosts some of the best ATV Trails in the United States. With miles and miles of trails, a day or weekend would not begin to be enough time to cover even a portion of the trails offered in our mountains. 

Our trails range from easy to extreme with an abundance of wildlife to view and a population of Elk that is plentiful. It is very common to see herds of Elk as you ride through the mountains of Clay County. Come on home to Clay County for your next ATV vacation, where new adventures await and memories last a lifetime.

The Y-Hollow Trailhead is located inside the City Limits of Manchester. The Y-Hollow is an area of over 400+ acres. From the Y-Hollow Trailhead you can access any and all trails from river trails, hiking/biking trails, horse trails and ATV trails. From the Y-Hollow you can travel to any trail in the County, from Beech Creek, Elk Mountain, Newfound and Redbird. The Y-Hollow is primitive camping only.

The Elk Mountain Recreational area is located just 7 miles outside the City limits of Manchester. Elk Mountain is an area of over 1000 acres. The mountain offers restrooms and covered shelter and primitive camping.

Located in the Goose Rock community of Clay County, D & K Off-Road Park is a unique park featuring 3,150 acres of off-road fun. Challenge yourself with trails, mud, rocks and hills. The park also offers dirt drag racing under the lights. D & K Off-Road Park is a paradise for buggies, ATV’s, motorcycles, rock crawlers, jeeps and any other off-road vehicles. Tent and RV camping and cabins are available.

The Redbird District OHV Trail within the Daniel Boone National Forest is a 65-mile loop trail that begins and ends near the Redbird District Office in the eastern corner of Clay County. Located near Big Creek, the trail generally follows the ridge with some steep and rough areas. There are some areas so narrow that only single-track vehicles can drive on them. It is a multiple-use trail; hikers, horses, mountain bikes, motorcycles and ATV’s under 50 inches are all welcome.
www.claycountykentucky.org
Contact: Visitor’s Center 606-391-6161 stayinclay2012@gmail.com

This article originally ran on nolangroupmedia.com.

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