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4 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.

This park is very well maintained and the trails are well marked! We couldn’t record our hike because my phone battery is not stellar, but we hiked 7.6 miles with a combination of 8, 1, 5, 4, & 7. It was a super hot day and we were pleased to find that the Nature Center on the south end of the park is air conditioned with a lovely bird viewing room. We saw all of the falls but I think Tunnel Falls was the best! I liked Little Clifty Falls as well. When the map says the trail is rugged, they’re not kidding. The ruggedness is a great challenge, but be prepared to climb up and down on rock and roots quite a bit. Also, people who are afraid of heights should maybe stay on trail 2, because there are many drop-offs next to the trails up on the ridge. Overall we had a challenging, but rewarding, day in the outdoors!

If you follow this map, you hit Princess Falls about halfway through. If you continue to follow it, it ends at Lick Creek Falls. You actually get three waterfalls on this trail counting the small Julia Lynn Falls.

hiking
10 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.

Loved trail 5. Tunnel Falls was my favorite waterfalls of the day, Caution on the rocks leading up to the tunnel as they are slick. The tunnel is closed to foot traffic from fall to spring. Trail 5 goes around the tunnel also. South end of trail has a 153 step staircase that will give you a great quad workout. There is also a leg of the trail to take you to the creek.

This was my first hike before having this app. A bit tough for a beginner. But I can’t wait to do it again. Absolutely beautiful from start to finish

hiking
14 days ago

Love the creek trail all the way up to the falls!

on Yahoo Falls Trail

hiking
15 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)

hiking
15 days ago

We thought this would be a nice afternoon hike to finish up a good day of hiking. Well, the first mile is pretty decent and on a trail. Once you leave the trail to head to the eagles nest you basically crawl through the woods running into spider webs every 2 feet. Besides being attacked by spiders we saw several bear scratch marks, foot prints and bear poop but luckily no bears. Once we got to the eagles nest there was only one mile left so we thought: well, this can only get better! If only we’d known.. we we’re running all over the place on top of the cliff trying to follow the trail map to get down to the river. After an hour of unsuccessfully walking in circles trying to find a way down we decided to backtrack and find our own way down to the river. This part got super sketchy because there was no trail but a lot of slippery and moving stones. After we found the „trail“ again and we hit the river we were able to enjoy the view. The river is actually really pretty, we didn’t care about the caves anymore. All in all I would not do this hike again and I would not recommend it to anyone.

And FIY: there is no waterfall. Just something that seemed to be one a long time ago.

My husband & I took our 2 & 3 yr olds on this trail and we all loved it. The waterfall at the end is even more beautiful in person. I really liked how the water at the fall was shallow enough for our kids to play in. At one point you cross the creek to get to the fall which is another opportunity to play in the water as well. The only downfall was trying to get directions to the trailhead. We had to ask several people after getting directions from the visitors center. This trail is actually called the Shawnee Run trail with the Fulling Mill waterfall at the end. The long version of the trail is about a 6 mile hike but you can opt for the shorter version which is about a mile in and a mile back out. Took us about 25-30 mins each way walking with & carring toddlers. Highly recommend this trail if you have small children or want a short trail with something pretty at the end to see.

Very cool trail and scenery. We only walked to arch-did not do whole loop.

hiking
25 days ago

Stayed many nights along the river here with friends. Cascades are neat and trail intersects with the Sheltowee trace 100 along the way at the cascades. Some of the inclines along the way are little tougher than a moderate rating I thought.

We love to go on this hike every year and it never gets old. Many camping spots along the way to Vanhook falls with a couple smaller waterfalls to see as well. Would recommend to anyone looking for a good hike.

This is a beautiful trail. Some flat surfaces and then lots of rocks and roots. Walking along the water and the deep gorge........very shade covered. We went on my husbands 77th birthday and took our 17yr old grandson. We all thought it was BEAUTIFUL!!!
Hiked this after visiting Clifton Mill. So amazing!!

The overlook is very beautiful. Only downfall is where the little cave the trail is COVERED in poison ivy, not a lot of people while hiking either.

Very hot and some challenging ascents so bring plenty of water

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for a few hour hike. 3 awesome formations with many other great sights! For sure moderate with a few steep climbs about half way through.

hiking
1 month ago

A really good park. Our first time here and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We didnt walk the hole trail. It was a gorgeous day today after having temps with heat indexes over 100* and a lot of people were taking advantage of it. The foot bridge on the West side was closed. We would have liked to have been able to go that route but for our first time out, we have no complaints. The trails were well maintained and I made mention to my husband that I only saw 1 piece of trash during our whole trip. that makes for an enjoyable experience. Looking forward to another trip out that way to travel another trail !

Go to the right when you start the trail. Better views right away.

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

The K section closed and looked very overgrown on July 4, 2018, It was nice and shady on a very hot summer day. A good workout with lots of ups and downs. Very few people on the trails. Some families with small kids playing in the stream.

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.

very nice park, clear uncrowded trails!

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best in-and-out trails in the country. Other people have correctly described it as magical. From a river, golden eagles, exotic mushroom species, fish, caves, solitude, rock formations, and plenty of shade, this trail has it all.

We hiked on a Monday and literally did not see anyone on the trail or the trail road. The final road to the trailhead is gravel. The trailhead itself is immediately north of the river not south. Don’t be fooled by the trailhead opening south of the river, that’s not the trailhead.

I am 59, ten pounds overweight and in fair condition. We went on a pretty hot day. No question I got warm, but the trail is not super strenuous; its moderate rating is accurate. There are areas of caution, including steep grades and slippery rocks, but with a modicum of caution, it’s fairly safe and a lot of fun.

There is no cell phone service, and the system of roads in are just a little complicated. Downloading the area on a GPS App such as Maps With Me will eliminate the problem of getting in and out. We hiked to the Cumberland River, which makes it 2.5 miles out (in and out 5 miles). The number of streams and waterfall, plus previous high-water points, means this would not be a good area to get caught in during a red-cell thunderstorm. Lastly children under 10 and individuals with physical difficulties probably would find this trail very challenging.

Love the hiking trails. I feel like some trails are not labeled correctly for example the heritage trail is rated easy. I would say it’s more moderate.

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.

Lots of huge trees, and lots of hills! As others have mentioned, the trail markings are a little confusing, but there is a map available at the nature center which helps.

hiking
1 month ago

We’ve hiked this trail several times and love it! Very pretty in the fall and spring. Hiked about 1/2 mile in today, though and saw fresh bear marks on the trail. We just turned around and headed back out!

hiking
1 month ago

Went yesterday, hadn't been there in years. Gorgeous views, caught some awesome wildlife sightings (huge fish and turtles, snakes, baby groundhog, butterflies). I'd forgotten how rocky parts of the path are, so definitely watch your footing. Wasn't busy at all when I got there (I was only the 2nd car in the lot) but picked up through the day. The only downside...the sign at the start about it being a high crime area is right on target. As I was leaving, someone else in the lot found himself the victim of a smash and grab. Don't leave anything of value in your car.

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