Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area (formerly Otter Creek Park, and now operated by Ky. Dept of Fish and Wildlife) is located on Hwy 1638, about five minutes west of the Fort Knox military post. And with it being only ten minutes north of Radcliff and thirty minutes south of Metro Louisville, makes it a great place to get away from town for relaxation or adventure.
With several interconnected looped trails for mountain biking and hiking, one could easily get 14 or more miles on the trial. Most of the trails extend out from the old Nature Center parking lot in 4 to 6 mile loops, making it easy to pick a distance your comfortable with. The Otter Creek Trail and Valley Overlook Trail are mountain bike and hike accessible. These two trails, with varying stages of challenge, route you out to a ridge overlooking the Ohio River with a scenic view of southern Indiana. (Seen Above)
Outdoor Ventures staff member
enjoying part of the Otter Creek Trail.
Part of the Otter Creek Trail follows the scenic Otter Creek along its path through the area, making easy access to some of the most active fishing in the area. See the Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area official page for fish stocking information.
If you don’t find Outdoor Ventures staffer Mike Borger on the trails you can be sure to find him chasing the many fish to be caught in Otter Creek.
There is also several miles of horseback trail at OCORA which hikers also are allowed to use. OCORA has a large campground, as well, open for primitive and RV camping during most of the year.
Hunting is also allowed at OCORA during proper seasons. See the Ky. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife website for those dates and details, as well as information on their archery and firearms ranges.
With the vast woodland of Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area, seeing wildlife on the trail is very likely. This, along with the many other vistas along the creek and trail, makes for great photography opportunities.
Some of the wildlife is harder to find.
The area also has a full 18 hole Disc Golf Course which local tournaments are hosted. The course is wooded, which makes it very challenging to players of all skill levels.
(Photos coming soon)
Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area’s main website has more information:
How to get there.
From Owensboro, KY
Travel East on US-60 to KY -144, turn left onto KY-144 and travel approximately 30 miles. At the intersection of KY 144 and KY 79 turn left and follow KY 79 for 2.4 miles. At the intersection of KY 79 and KY 1051 turn right on to KY 1051. Follow KY 1051 and then merge to the right onto KY 448. From KY 448 you will travel approximately 2 miles to the intersection of KY 448 and KY 1638. Turn left onto KY 1638 and follow it 5 miles to the entrance of the area on the left.
From Elizabethtown, KY
Travel North on US 31W to the intersection of US-31W and HWY 1638. Turn left onto HWY 1638 and follow it approximately 4 miles to the entrance of the area on the right.
From Lexington, KY
Take I-64W to Exit 19A, to KY 841 South, Gene Snyder Freeway. Take the US-31W/US-60 exit, EXIT 1, toward FORT KNOX/LOUISVILLE. Turn LEFT onto DIXIE HWY/US-31W S/US-60 W. Continue to follow US-31W S/US-60 W. Turn RIGHT onto KY-1638 and follow it approximately 4 miles to the entrance of the area on the right.
From Louisville, KY
Follow DIXIE HWY/US-31W S/US-60 W to the intersection of US-31W S and KY-1638. Turn RIGHT onto KY-1638 and follow it approximately 4 miles to the entrance of the area on the right.
The winter is one of the best times of year to have an adventure.
The photographs on this page were taken by and are property of Outdoor Ventures staffer Mike Borger