Lower Howard's Creek
Right next To HALL'S ON THE RIVER restaurant on Boonsboro Rd Winchester , KY is the John holder trail. The trail loops around Lower Howard's Creek that flows into the KY River.In 1812 it was a busy shipping area and now it is completely in decay with a few old rock walls and Foundations .
The trail follows the old Athens-Boonesboro Road where John Holder ran a shipping Area .In 1812 There were mills, a distillery, and a coopery . It was a thriving area until it experienced a decline once the railroad surpassed the river industry.Under Holder’s leadership, the settlement he established at the mouth of Lower Howard’s Creek grew , His landing on the Kentucky River became a major departure point of flatboats bound for New Orleans with Kentucky produce. Because other developers were inspired by him, Lower Howard’s Creek became one of the first industrial areas of Kentucky. Some of the area is now enclosed in the Lower Howard’s Creek Nature & Heritage Preserve.
Holder, was hailed as a hero for being one of the defenders of Fort Boonesborough. he Settled this land and was both a
Kentucky pioneer and entrepreneur .
|My first time on the trail I saw these kayaks,As good a way to travel as any I suppose .|
Spending a lot of Time on the trail and going back several times , I Kept running into passing hikers that told me about a secret waterfall not on the map and hard to get to. Intrigued I set out to find it, Some called it Halls falls and some others referred to it as Crescent falls.Another tributary flows into the creek ,Although not part of the scenic trail ,This area is more challenging and to get to the waterfall you have to have some skills and determination to get the prize.
|In a valley the hiker must edge along this slippery water chute or face a wipe out .|
After very slippery limestone and treacherous ledges with thick brambles I made my way up a flat creek area and found the falls.
THE JOHN HOLDER TRAIL
Back on the John Holder Trail You find an old Foundation of the Robert Martin House which is from about 1856.
Crossing the creek and up the trail you will see many Rock fences and other ruins.
|1800s dated homestead.|