Spaas Creek

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5/5 (2 reviews)
Stanton, Kentucky (Powell County)
Last Updated: 05/11/2023

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When looking for prime offroad trails in the Red River Gorge Area, look no further than Spaas Creek. It is one of the best offroad trails within the Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway for a good reason - it is satisfying! To satisfy your sense of adventure, it is just tough enough with moderate obstacles to challenge and excite new drivers and provide interest for seasoned drivers. Overlanders love it because it is one of the few trails on the Byway that has dispersed and rustic camping. The wooded wet scenery, which presents new inspiring details around every corner, will captivate even the most cynical in your group. You can't help feeling satisfied after driving Spaas Creek.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

The trail guide depicts driving the trail from south to north, although you can run it in either direction. As written here, it starts from Highway 613/Little North Fork Road. Spaas Creek terminates in the north within a mile of Pumpkin Hollow, which you can combine with this one and run south. The road surface is a mix of gravel at its ends and dirt in the middle, with the majority of the trail being native material of packed dirt and rocks ranging from golf ball to basketball-sized rocks with numerous water and mud holes. The water and mud hole crossings are hard-bottomed. It's appropriate to go through obstacles, not around them. Spaas Creek is suitable for any aggressive high-clearance vehicle with 4-low.

About the Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway and Private Property Awareness 

Most of the roads along the Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway are county roads residing in Powell, Estill, Lee, Wolfe, and Menifee Counties. Local groups such as the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association (SFWDA), Ohio River Four Wheelers, Kentucky Toyota Land Cruisers, Kentucky Krawlers, and the Trailkeepers Foundation worked tirelessly with those counties to make this route possible.  What the DBBB Organization has done is remarkable. If you feel compelled, you can always make a small donation to help their efforts in expanding the Byway. 

The official route and latest updates can be found on the organization's website.

Many of the roads are within private property, and it's your responsibility to be a good steward of the land and respect property owners. Following simple etiquette rules help ensure these roads stay open for generations to come.

  1. Always stay on the trail - do not veer from or take side roads. 
  2. Keep the music and noise levels to a minimum.
  3. When coming off a trail and entering back on the pavement, drive slowly to avoid excessive mud and rock evacuation being flung into private residences and other vehicles. 
  4. Understand that many of the residential areas are in serene countryside settings. Drive slowly, and yield to local residents while driving the narrow paved roads. 
  5. Pack out more than you pack in.

Trail Reviews

5/5 (2)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/05/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I found this to be a great trail. It's pretty long, has good campsites, and a great variety of terrain. My favorite spot on the trail is the obstacle at wp11. It's a good rock obstacle!
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/05/2023

Once it turned from gravel to trail, the road was very interesting and very scenic along the sections of Spaas Creek. From Waypoint 10 - 11 was my favorite stretch of the trail; it truly was gorgeous. On top of it all, there was just enough 4WD action to make me feel like I was on an adventure.
Trail Review: Spaas Creek - Todd
Trail Review: Spaas Creek - Todd
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