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hiking
5 days ago

We did this today and the views and hike were great. Only downfall was the ticks!! We sprayed boots, pants and socks and just pulled 20 baby size ticks off of the wife.

It is a beautiful place. You can see the falls with a much shorter hike though. (I have done both hikes.) If you go to the main entrance for Yahoo Falls there is a small parking lot and bathrooms. From this point it is only about 1/2 mile to the falls. You can cross over at the top of the falls (just don't take the path that says it goes to the arch) and take a trail down to the bottom of the falls. Very pretty area. There are steps going up if you cross over at the base of the falls...they are real "thigh-burners"...or go back up the path you came down. Makes for a nice, cooler, shorter, kid friendly, hike.

hiking
10 days ago

Warning - it's closed on Monday and Tuesday

hiking
11 days ago

I enjoyed the hike in the first 3 mile section of the hike, closer to the welcome center. Beautiful trail. In the second 3 mile section you can tell horses have frequented the trail leaving divets. There are also many many dead trees and debris along the second section. Overall great workout. I wish at the end of the trail there would be picnic tables and a place to rest and eat before heading back another 6 miles to do the full round trip.

on Yahoo Falls Trail

hiking
16 days ago

Hiked this trail back in June for my birthday. I took the metal steps down to where you can pick up the trail to hike along the creek or go on out to the Falls. I took the creek, it seemed less traveled and it gets tight and wet in spots. I actually got off the trail once for a bit but got back on with no problem(yes, a bit of an adrenaline rush). Went up to the Falls and cooled off, went on out to Yahoo Arch and out some of the old road Negro Creek Loop and then back but stayed on the trail that takes you across the top of the Falls. (This is part of a back country trail that hooks into the Sheltowee Trace Trail. You can also stay at Alum Ford Campground as well as the backcountry)

trail running
17 days ago

I’ve run this trail several times and would recommend it to anyone. The map above is misleading as it cuts off about have of the actual Otter Creek Trail. The whole loop comes out to around 8 miles. The terrain is mostly single-track, forested with occasional rocky areas. Easy enough to log some good mileage but hard enough to be interesting. I can usually run the entire loop in 80-90 minutes. Some turnoffs are easy to miss so it’s best to get a map at the entrance until you become more familiar with the park.

Trail Is closed

Very hot and some challenging ascents so bring plenty of water

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail with lots to see and do. Has a beautiful waterfall and caves to explore. We did the otc trail. Will definitely be coming back. They also have bald eagles.

We hiked this trail over the weekend. It was very beautiful, quiet and peaceful. A very beautiful place and we will be going back again

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked the upper rim trail to the falls (not much flow) and returned to the junction for the lower trail down many metal steps into the gorge. The lower trail was much more impressive. Trail signage was minimal and trails were often overgrown. We hiked about two miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Brutal trail in the heat. So much constant elevation. Has to be over 3000 feet. 2 of us went thru 5.5 liters of water and 2 16 ounce gatorades. Ran out of water for the last mile. I know the heat was a factor but I found this more challenging than the millennium at Bernheim.

This trai in some maintence several down logs that you either have to walk around or crawl over and the trail was narrow at times. Besides that is was mostly in the shade and on a hot day it was over all a very nice walk.

hiking
1 month ago

Spent the good portion of the day hiking this trail with my son after forgetting to pack any food. We had water covered though and finally made it. The reward for the hike was a massive feast at Shack in the Back BBQ.

Love this trail. I want to go back and see more of it.

Beautiful scenery 5 stars, trail needs A LOT of work. Lots of debris and trees across the trail, numerous poorly marked sections of the trail and multiple reroute signs. Took a map and used Alltrails and was still hard to find the actual trail in spots. Strenuous hike but fun.

hiking
1 month ago

June 2018: saw a rattlesnake, bear... and LOTS of TICKS!!

Parked on the side of the road indicated by the trail head, easy to find the trail. The first bit of this trail was overgrown with a lot of brush coming into the path. Almost stepped on a rattlesnake unknowingly, which turned aggressive as we noticed it. A bit startling. The middle of the trail is EPIC, as it consists of cave-like structures and trails that weave through them. The actual waterfall isn’t at the end of this trail, it is about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way through. It seems the end of this trail is the parking lot for the scenic overlook trail. On the way back we spotted a large (150+lb) black bear on the trail. Also a bit startling. Lived to tell this tale. Only harm done was two tick bites, sore legs, and some general anxiety as a moderately inexperienced hiker.

I hiked to Makers Arch first. Trail was adequate but a bit overgrown. (1 mile). Then continued to Yahoo Falls. Beautiful rock formations abound once you get into the ridges. The falls is amazing and is worth the hike. However, don't take this hike lightly. I did the 5 plus miles in just a bit over 2 hours. Take water with you and apply bug spray before going into the woods. Although All Trails rates the trail as moderate because of the distance and elevation change it is on the Hard end of Moderate. Great Hike!

2 months ago

NEEDS MILE MARKERS and better signs to point to welcome center. Other than that, was fun trail. I went with out a map, bad idea lol.

hiking
2 months ago

Was a great hike, lots of orange salamanders so watch your step as they hang out on the path. We did the hike to the falls and on to the end about 5.73 miles total. Seen a turtle in the path and a lot of birds in the surrounding woods.

hiking
3 months ago

Started at the visitors center parking lot and started on trail1. Was re routed to 12 due to a tree across the trail 1 trail. Then connected with trail 7 then back to trail 1. Confusing to say the least but never felt “lost”. Continued on to Dog slaughter falls, roundtrip with reroute was 8.5 miles. Hopefully the trail 1 will be back on line soon to save a few steps. I didn’t find the trail difficult as far as ups and downs, just be sure footed as you navigate the lose rocks and roots in the trail. We did not see anyone else on the trails, but it was Wednesday and mid may so the weekends could be a bit more busy.
The scenery was lovely but you had to constantly watch you’re footing or take a tumble. The fish were jumping in the river and all the falls were flowing fully.Many shrubs getting ready to bloom as well as trees. 1 small snake and several squirrels were along the path.
The map($1) was helpful and will pass it on to someone when we leave. All in all a great trail, beautiful and easy to hike. Moderate is the rating, maybe so. Try to work in going to the Dog slaughter falls as your turn around point, a-little more difficult trail to walk but worth the extra effort and time. Pack a lunch and enjoy! No ticks yet:)

Nice trail with a view of Cumberland falls and eagle falls

Nice hike. Nice waterfall.

hiking
3 months ago

Several good ascents. Lots of ridge hiking with good views in early spring or late fall. Take plenty of water and arrange transport if only want to do one way.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Loved the Falls!

hiking
3 months ago

Fun hike with beautiful scenery on way to “highest waterfall in KY”.

4 months ago

challenging, beautiful, peaceful

hiking
4 months ago

One of the prettiest trails I've hiked. Great for nature photographers, couldn't stop taking pictures.

hiking
5 months ago

Good, strenuous trail right near Louisville. Would recommend for a good day trip without having to leave the Louisville area!

hiking
5 months ago

the water was flowing really well today. Creek was high, even the BSF was very high. To see another nice falls, when the water is flowing well, don't go up the stairs to the parking lot. Follow the trail to the Sheltowee Trace trail and go around the cliff line (will be on your left). Pass a wooden bridge, look left and there is a nice falls. Once pass the bridge take the trail left and go up the switch backs to the top. This is a short hike and will take you back up to the parking lot.

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