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Brushy Hill Preserve

Six Miles of Old Logging Roads

  • Difficulty:  Leisurely
  • Drive Time:  10 minutes
  • Hike-Up:  1-4 hours
  • Distance:  6 miles
  • View:  Wooded
  • Elevation:  1,353' to 1,955'

Directions 

From Lexington, follow Jackson Avenue south and turn right onto Ross Road.  Take Ross Road to Union Run Road.  Make a sharp right onto Union Run, parking at the old springhouse, about 1/4 mile after Union Run Road turns to gravel.

Trail Description

A network of about six miles of old logging roads and linking trails in a 600-acre watershed tract owned by the City of Lexington.  The perimeter is identified by blaze-orange marks on boundary trees.  No views, but a lot of variation in  topography, vegetation and many bird species.  Some trails are steep and rutted, but most are good terrain for walking or running.  No clear trails to the towers on top of Brushy Hill, but creative bushwhacking is tempting.