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Couldn’t have been more perfect for mid-December. The trails are wide and clear with gorgeous views of the creek from way above, as well as close up as you cross it. I’m sure the lack of leaves on the trees adds to the views, but I look forward to returning at another season, too. Rated moderate, but easier to navigate than many moderate trails, though it is consistently uphill for most of the way in - and it wasn’t a loop that I could tell. Loved it!

great trail but not clearly marked.

Beautiful and pretty easy. Not much up and down. Even prettier if you continue past the falls to where the creek meets the river.

Amazing views, not too difficult. Just too many people, but still worth it.

12 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous falls. A hidden gem! Far bigger than I expected, and in a gorgeous clearing. Granted it had just rained a lot, so the falls were probably bigger than in dry seasons. Easy to get behind the falls and up on top. The trail is just vague paths made by other people. Be prepared to get your feet wet, you cross the creek 10 or so times depending on which paths you take. It's too deep to avoid wet boots! But very worth it.

From the parking, go past the one lane Bridge, past the bathroom, and down the road 50 steps or so to the right is the trailhead. If you follow the creek, you can't miss the falls. There are many paths, my advice is to take the most straightforward one, even if you have to cross the creek. Your feet are gonna get wet no matter what, and you come to a lot of dead ends if you don't follow the creek closely. Gorgeous hike, not very strenuous. A little over a mile and a half one way.

17 days ago

Hiked this trail last week. No traffic at all during the weekday. Fun little hike.

20 days ago

Went hiking a couple weeks ago. It hadn’t rained in a while so the falls were kind of disappointing, I would recommend going not long after it has rained! I would definitely go back to Copperas again!

I did the loop over the weekend and it was amazing!!!!! I can’t wait to get back there!!!

The terrain made for a very fun hike. The views were incredible, especially the view of Double Arch.

If you have kids or just a short time in the gorge, you can do Angels Window, Whistling Arch and Sky Bridge and see 3 arches without much time,travel,or effort.

1 month ago

This is probably the best route for hiking Indian Staircase as if avoids the VERY tough nearly vertical climb/descent between Bison Way trail and the Adena Arch. It is a fabulous hike with great views, great geology, and great history. The Indian Staircase trail is an unmarked trail that both starts and ends at the Sheltowee Trace Trail. Tips for finding the correct route: Take Bison Way then left on Sheltowee Trace Trail. After the SECOND stream crossing and a U in the trail take the well traveled unmarked trail to the right. At the top of the Staircase stay on the well trod path near the cliff edge in a giant U until you return to the Sheltowee Trace Trail. Take a left and follow it back to Bison Way.

1 month ago

This trail was not easy at all. It’s straight uphill. Didn’t see anywhere that said you had to do the very hard trail to get to the easy trail. They have the trails detoured because of construction. You have to cross a creek to even get to the trail. It was a pretty hike but a heads up would’ve been nice.

1 month ago

easy peasy

Beautiful views and terrain.

The falls are great once you get there. The hike there is kinda lame and the creek crossings become monotonous.

The trail along Auxier ridge was wonderful, particularly with the fall colors. The were several really nice overlooks along the way.
We also looped over and took double arch trail back. This was mostly a gravel road so I would suggest taking the Courthouse trail back instead.

Loved it! It is a very beautiful place!

Beautiful trail! A good amount of uphill to the overlook, but nothing a moderately in shape adult couldn't do. Trails were nice, and we didn't see anyone else. Just the friendly dog that guided us on our hike! The overlook is amazing, and well worth seeing. The fall colors were beautiful, and I'll definitely go back.

Beautiful in the early spring. Note there are multiple starting points for this trail. The longest is around 10 miles

Did the loop. Was absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful views up top and down below. Highly recommend

Beautiful falls, easy hiking, trail with heavy foliage. Quite and tranquil. We didn’t see anyone on the trail, it’s well marked with the white markers with in about 50 feet’s of each other. The little wooden bridge is a cute touch, Cumberland isn’t to far but not accessible from this trail, we ended up driving to that location since we were able to hike there. But the trail is beautiful one I would recommend to an avid hiker or beginners.

love this trail and with this app all side trails were easy to find. not a great trail for dogs however when you get to the scramble at the top of Indian staircase. Beautiful views.

very beautiful Trail Falls is awesome at the end Trail is a little rough. as we went down last time we seen some Bear Prints in the mud on the trail.

on Copperas Falls

1 month ago

I would recommend this hike. This trail is not marked, so we did have a little trouble finding it. The start of the trail is right at the bridge by the canoe launch area. You cross the creek several times and you have to go over multiple fallen trees. The falls are like a hidden treasure & the hike there is pretty cool too.

Loved it. Easy hike, we had to cross the creek about 5 times so plan for possible wet shoes if it’s rained in the last day or two, which is what we lucked into. This is a hidden gem! Didn’t pass anyone on this one, totally off the radar. Been to the Gorge 4 times now and just found this trail. One of our favorites in the area. Make time for this one if there’s been any rain.

gorgeous trail but do not skip out on going down into the gorge like some people do. you will miss some gorgeous scenery

2 months ago

Nice hike!

Good trail... lots of litter though :-/

One of my favorite hikes nearby. The view is amazing and even better in the fall.

2 months ago

Let me just say, there has been NO maintenance on this route. Although it’s rated easy, this is not true at all! There were about 25 plus downed trees that you must maneuver over. The trail IS NOT marked. I am a 26 year Army LTC that has hiked and maneuvered a lot of maps. If you don’t have a GPS or well
Marked map, you could easily get lost. The end of this trail is a beautiful cave with a unique waterfall, but it isn’t for the beginner. Plan on 3-5 hours for this hike!

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