The Valley of the Giants trail, in the Distillery Bend section of Beckley Creek park, boasts some of the biggest sycamore trees you’ll see in the Parklands of Floyds Fork. We hiked the trail on yet another beautiful, warm winter day and had a great time.
The Valley of the Giants trail is a flat, end-to-end trail (0.63 miles), but each end of the trail intersects the Louisville Loop, which we used to create a 1.1-mile loop.
Park at the Distillery Bend Trailhead parking lot and cross the Louisville Loop to the trailhead. The Valley of the Giants trail follows a pretty section of Floyds Fork as it winds its way through a maze of large sycamores that will have you craning your neck as you look up into their crowns. As you explore the creek bank, you’ll find evidence of an old distillery that once stood on the banks of Floyds Fork.
If you prefer a longer walk, take the W.L. Lyons Brown Bridge at the northern end of the trail and use it to link up with the Black Willow Trail on the other side.
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Getting there – from the Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265)
- Take exit 27 on the Gene Snyder, and head east on U.S. 60/Shelbyville Road
- Follow Shelbyville Road 0.8 miles until you reach Beckley Station Road
- Turn right onto Beckley Station Road
- Take Beckley Station Road 1.6 miles until you come to the entrance of Beckley Creek Park.
- Turn left into Beckley Creek Park, then make a quick right and go to the first intersection. At the intersection, make a right and go over the Thornton Bridge, which takes you over Floyds Fork.
- Continue past the Humana Grand Allee and soccer fields until you come to the Sara & W.L. Lyons Brown Bridge. Cross the bridge and continue to the Distillery Bend trailhead parking, which is about a half-mile past the bridge on your left.