Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Daniel Boone National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A new favorite of mine! Once you get to the top, be sure to go off to the right. There’s a skinny opening to climb up. Once you’re up, crawl through the tight area (using the ropes left by past trailers) into a cave! The cave leads to a hole in the side of the rock with a beautiful view. Also climb to the very top. One of the most breathtaking views I’ve seen in this park. Well worth the climb

One of my absolute favorite places at the gorge. Go a little past the window and climb up the top of the rock formations. A great camping spot with a killer view. Super easy for an overnight stay because parking isn’t far at all and well worth the view. Would recommend for anyone!!!

hiking
3 days ago

This was a nice stretch of the Sheltowee Trace. Classic Kentucky trail with scenic views. Very enjoyable trail. Would hike again.

on Indian Staircase Trail

hiking
7 days ago

Challening but not too challenging especially if you enjoy a good scramble.

scramble
7 days ago

One of the best vistas in the gorge! Two main ways to enjoy Cloud Splitter, you can summit the cave or crawl into it via a split in the rocks. Through the cave is a bit harder than over the top.

Stopped for a snack and enjoyed the scenery. Great trail to train kids on hiking and hiking with poles.

Good trail. Not too rigorous. Appropriately categorized as moderate, but I only needed to help my 5 y/o through a few spots.

We had so much fun on this trail! It’s crowded around Indian Staircase, but it’s still possible to find your own little pockets with their own great views. 270-360 degree views up on Cloudsplitter- don’t miss it. I suggest making this a loop bookended by two out and back sections by sticking on the Sheltowee connector when you would otherwise take Indian Staircase trail on your way back. You take in several rock shelters and a cute little arch that way and it’s much quieter, plus you don’t have to downclimb the staircase. Fun, iconic hike!

on Whistling Arch Trail

9 days ago

Beautiful arch well worth the short hike. Be sure and go past the arch and check out the small rock overlook for a great view. Also I hiked as far around the back area of the arch as I could and found a very unique and cool face design in the rock face.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice hike with approx. 30 gals from the Casey County Explorers on 10/29/19. The leaf variety of colors were bright this week.

Awesome short hike. Beautiful views throughout.

hiking
12 days ago

a great little hike I really enjoyed myself and loved the falls

Good for family and beautiful view

hiking
13 days ago

Easy, pretty walk through the woods. You can do the whole trail or just take the trail to the lake for some pretty views.

backpacking
blowdown
13 days ago

hiking
blowdown
muddy
14 days ago

hiking
closed
18 days ago

Trail was completely closed due to a landslide that is still being cleared. They have an alternate route marked that starts just down the road from the original trailhead at the picnic area.

hiking
blowdown
19 days ago

Great trail if it wasn’t covered by blown down trees halfway through making it nearly impossible to continue.

walking
20 days ago

Great trail for the whole family to enjoy or just as a solo outing walking the dog. Plentiful parking and easy access with paved trail. Main viewing area is enclosed by rails so safe access for children and pets. Visit was after a heavy rain the night before so the falls were flowing great. Prime example of the beauty that the area has to offer!

hiking
21 days ago

Trail wasn’t very interesting; not much of a view, even once you reach the arch. Most rigorous part was 3-4 sets of stairs back to back. Was really hoping to be able to climb at least some parts of the arch, but it isn’t offered.

Trail was great, but a little tricky to navigate. Stick to the right side of the trail to start, and after crossing the creek, you’ll see the path off to the left to take to Indian staircase. Watch for sand, but as a novice hiker, made it up with no difficulty. We ended up hiking all the way around the arch, which led us in a large loop, full of amazing views, as the trail was right near the edge of the cliff. Would definitely recommend this trail.

hiking
23 days ago

What a beautiful trail! From the arch and miles of rock formations to deep wooded area along the stream. The 5.8 mls listed on All Trails begins about 1.4 mls from parking lot past the arch.

hiking
23 days ago

Couldn't really see anything but the trail was fine.

hiking
scramble
29 days ago

Really fun trail! We took the left fork right after the trail starts which took us right up some really fun rock scrambles (I guess this series of scrambles is the "staircase"?). Trail forks at several spots and is poorly marked, if marked at all. We took the advice of some good reviews that mention landmarks & such, and managed to take all the right turns and our total hike came in right under 3 miles. Our 5 (almost 6) yr olds LOVED it. They get bored to tears on easy hikes so this was great. I wouldn't attempt this with a crowd of little kids, but since my hubby and I could each watch one constantly, it was great. It was under 1/2 mile to the top of the staircase and we continued the loop to make the 3 mile hike. Lots of arches (3 I think?) and cool formations along the way. Overall, a REALLY great hike, just study up on the route you want to take before starting because of the lack of trail markings.

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