Military Wall Trail #230

Slade, KY
Length: 1.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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This is a nice, short hike that is good for little legs. It is an uphill hike, but don’t let that stop you. Our 3.5 yr old hikes it just fine. It is not a steep uphill hike. Even with it being muddy, it didn’t feel like you were just going up and up. It’s a beautiful hike, even in the winter when there are no leaves on the trees.

This hike does not start at the large Martin’s Fork parking lot, but instead by the spots across the street where there are some small parking spots off the road. The parking lot has a pit toilet, so if you or your kids are smell sensitive, that might be an issue. It’s a large bathroom and ADA accessible. No changing table. The trash cans are near the trail map. The trail starts on the Rough Trail and soon after crossing the first bridge you will see the trail marker for Military Wall Trail on the right, Head up that trail.

There is one spot that might be a little hard for those with little legs (and those with carriers). You can see it in the photos, a large rock that you have to step up, or for little kids, climb. The tree to the top and left was very helpful in stepping up (well scrambling up onto my knees) while carrying my younger son on my back in a SSC. But even with the mud, it was very easy for us to navigate up and then back down.


Once at the too, enjoy the fascinating rockface. Most likely, there will be rock climbers climbing that are fun to watch. There is a more open spot by the wall further up that has a number of large rocks that are fun for kids to play on and “climb”. Head back the way you came to leave. When you get back to the main trail you can turn right and continue down the Rough Trail to the next short hike off to the left to another rockface or continue as far as you’d like on the rough trail.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 279 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Rockclimbing, and Shaded Hike

There is a bridge to cross at the start of the hike along the stream. Once at the end of the trail, there are often rock climbers climbing and small rocks for kids to play on and “climb”.

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Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Parking is available at the Martin’s Fork trailhead parking area. There is also parking on the side of the road close to the start of the trail, but very limited spots.

Trail Contributor

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Keira has always been an active outdoors person, either through her love of hiking or riding horses. She is a mom of 2 boys, a pre-kindergartener and a toddler. She and her husband, Jon, can be found exploring trails in Westchester County NY and surrounding areas as well as traveling the US and trying to visit all the National Parks with their boys.


Trail Head


Trail Map

Getting There

Traveling east on the Mountain Parkway, take exit 33 at Slade. Turn left and then left again onto KY 11/15. After approximately 1.4 miles, turn right on KY 77. Follow 77 through Nada Tunnel to the Martin’s Fork parking area on the left.