Kentucky Falls Trail

MODERATE 41 reviews
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Kentucky Falls Trail is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Reedsport, OR that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.3 miles 892 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

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nature trips

walking

views

waterfall

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snow

A moderate hike to three waterfalls and a fun swimming hole. The hike starts at the top of the hills and heads downhill, which means you must hike back uphill for the second half of the hike. As you hike down you will pass by Upper Kentucky Falls then down to the twin falls of Lower Kentucky Falls and North Fork Falls, where there is a nice wooden viewpoint. If you continue down the trail along the North Fork of the Smith River you can find a nice swimming hole.


6 days ago

hiking

Great for families or a casual hike as it's quite short and moderate in terms of elevation. There's a waterfall along the way, through beautiful old-growth forest, to the two waiting at the end of the trail. If your GPS is like mine, it is liable to bring you there a number of ways. You'll go through some pretty rough and narrow dirt roads and potentially an old grass-covered road barely the width of a car. The coordinates provided by the site are accurate.

The trail is nice. Not particularly spectacular but you're able to get very close to the waterfalls. The last one, in particular, has some great spots to hang out for a while. The trail is very well maintained. There's really no chance of getting lost.

The website says "lightly trafficked" but I went on a non-holiday weekday morning and still ran into several groups of people.

Overall, I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for something casual or for waterfalls.


14 days ago

Beautiful!! Oregon at its finest. walk out is definitely harder.


22 days ago


28 days ago

hiking

Stunning views and huge waterfalls! Does it get any better?! Three different waterfalls and I was able to climb down to one (would've explored more of the other two if I had time.) and could've touched it if I wanted to! If you do that, the rocks are slippery! So be careful!! It's a good hike. Mostly downward as you're heading in and then the way out is pretty steep at some points. I hike often so it was horrible but it definitely had me winded at times. We went in July and the scenery was stunning!


1 month ago

hiking

It was fun! We did head out the wrong way (be hind the sign for the trail head and bathroom). So we ran into a bee hive so be careful they were not happy!! My kids got stung and a couple of our dogs luckily no one is allergic just made for a ruff start. After that we had a great time the kids did really well... The youngest is five so he needed to look for treasures, so we needed to keep him moving! We made it all the way definitely worth it❤️


1 month ago

Beautiful hike! First waterfall is


1 month ago

hiking

Quite a walk, worth every step and haven't seen one person on 3 hikes. There are two routes off 126 to the trailhead. I go past sweet creek for the best road conditions. It is still "kind of" remote, the roads do get over grown, but keep going, the hiking trails are clearer!


1 month ago

backpacking

This was a beautiful hike with 3 different waterfalls. It was shaded well on a warm day. I loved all of the plants and trees. This trail is in the middle of nowhere and takes quite a while to get to. It is worth the drive.


1 month ago

Beautiful waterfall hike that's perfect for kids!


3 months ago

hiking

Great hike. Good distance and beautiful falls. The only trouble was getting there. Came off 126 from Eugene and it was a rough road to get up there, lots of potholes in the gravel roads. Using the coordinates off this site on google maps worked for directions.

Oh and there was SO MANY centipedes! Very interesting


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3 months ago

A++ hike, but the drive is rough!


4 months ago

hiking

I grew up in Eugene, OR, and this is one of my favorite hikes in the whole state. It's challenging enough to be a good workout, and the waterfalls (three of them) are absolutely incredible. I recommend going in summer when the water levels are lower, you can scramble on some of the boulders and get much closer to the falls, and you don't mind if you get wet.


4 months ago

hiking

If the trail and the falls were much closer to "civilization", it would take a parking lot with a few hundred spaces to accommodate cars and buses for visitors. The relative short length of the hike (4+ miles round trip, with Upper Falls only 3/4 miles from the parking lot), the beauty of the 3 falls, the well maintained, well graded and shaded trail can easily make this hike a favorite for many.

I enjoyed the trail even more BECAUSE of its remoteness. Coming from Eugene on 126 and via Dunn Ridge Road (in low clouds), the drive to the site feelsf like an adventure. I had read other hikers' reviews and came prepared with GPS directions that eventually guided me right to the parking lot. Without electronic assistance, or a very good (i.e. accurate) map, it would be very easy to take a couple wrong turns and loose quite a bit of time. There was only one 3.8 miles unpaved section: when Dunn Ridge Road "Italics T-bones" into BLM Road 919 (Knowles Creek Road). This section is one lane, with trees/bushes brushing the car on both sides, and a few muddy spots and runoff gullies. Not terrible but easier to manage with a higher riding vehicle (and not a new one...unless you don't care about scratches here and there).

The profile of the trail itself is inverted: go down and down and down... and then climb up on the way back. However, as mentioned above, this is a well cut / well graded trail and suitable for all ages and (almost) any physical shape that can sustain a 4+ mile hike. The steepest slopes are negotiated via small series of switch-backs (3 short ones for Upper Falls -- 4 medium ones for Lower Falls) that make these sections feel just as manageable as those on flatter terrain.

The falls are no Iguazu, Victoria or NIagara for sure, but they have (in the eyes of the beholder) a serene and regal beauty enhanced by the sparse traffic There are a handful of spots on the way down to rest/snack if needed (large stumps can be used as benches); the foot of the falls does not offer a whole lot of space to "spread out" but enough to accommodate the moderate crowds.

A few hundred feet before reaching the lower falls, the North Fork (Smith Falls) Trail branches to the left in a tight hairpin. According to the sign on a tree, the North Fork Trail-head is 6.5 miles from this spot. When I have more time of my hands, and when I am in need of a more vigorous / sustained workout, i may try that different route to the falls (likely even less traveled than the one described here).


4 months ago

Three waterfalls in one hike!! At the end of the hike was the best. I can't wait to go back in warmer weather to play in the creek.


5 months ago

hiking

The trail is great, the drive to the trail... Terrifying!


5 months ago

hiking


6 months ago

hiking

It is really a gorgeous place, once you find it! Most directions on the Internet are not very good, drove around poorly marked BLM roads for 2hrs before finally finding it. The results were breathtaking and the experience of getting lost and found were well worth any trouble of finding it though! Went close to 20 miles round trip hiking all the trails!


6 months ago

hiking

3 Gorgeous waterfalls. Also several small waterfalls spilling out by the road on the drive to it. The drive to it is pretty with some overlooks of the coastal range but some of the roads are not in good shape at all. Great hike.