Explore the most popular cave 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.

first few miles was good but it got hard with big rocks steep hills and some places I had to almost just carry my bike several down trees and creek crossings , some great rock formations along the way trail marked pretty good but one place after you get to a gravel area I lost it but if you stay to the right going from the church direction you be good got to the end and rode the road back to the church took 2 hours 45 min on trail and 57 min back on road.

hiking
26 days ago

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

This was an awesome trail with some more challenging climbing sections. Lots of cool caves and a little arch near what I assume was the top? However, at the Ridgeline I couldn't seem to keep the trail and wound up bushwacking for a while. Still a great hike.

One of the most beautiful places in Kentucky.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite trails in red river. Has all you want, climbing, waterfalls, and you see some arches

hiking
1 month 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.

The falls was running strong as were all the creeks feeding into the falls and river. The upper loop at the top of the falls was too deep to cross without shedding your shoes. We saw at least 6 Red Eft Newts along the trail.

Got all the way there to find out that it is indeed not accessible year round. Went 2/21/18 and the gates were closed.

Great hike, and views. Never made it to the falls, going try it another day when I have more time!

Gorgeous waterfall but the hike was very short...This would be great for someone who can’t hike far. To get to the lower part of the Falls you follow the path straight back and it will take you down to the water where you walk through the water back up to the lower part of the falls. We hung out for quite awhile. Very beautiful place with a peaceful ambiance to it. Definitely recommend it.

hiking
3 months ago

This is an excellent trail. Even with snow on the ground, we were able to follow the trail easily, up until we got to the waterfall. We had trouble finding the trail after that tho. Make sure after you go around the waterfall, to take an immediate left. There is a large boulder that you ether have to climb up on the left through a crack, or go around the right side of it for an easier way up. Let me emphasize how immediately you turn left... you can see the giant rock/crack from the falls! Maybe it’s not hard to see the trail when it’s warmer, but when there is snow on the ground, it was impossible to follow any type of trail from the falls up past the rock. Once you get going up the steep climb, it’s pretty straight forward from there. Clearly the majority of people only hike to the falls and back, but it’s definitely with the climb all the way to the point.

hiking
3 months ago

Time this hike just right and you can upgrade the rating to a five star hike. Most of the rating hinges on the flow of Yahoo Creek going over the falls. During droughts, it drys to a trickle. After periods of heavy rain, this waterfall is impressive. Another time to visit is during the a lengthy period of freezing weather. After several days of subfreezing weather, a large cone of ice develops in the plunge pool, below the falls.

Combine this hike with Yahoo Arch, a very underrated arch that is part of a larger system of rock shelters. Unlike Twin Arches, this arch has the appearance of a cave or a former rock shelter that has seen its ceiling collapse after years of erosion.

One word of caution-the trail system at yahoo falls is somewhat confusing. There are several trails that form a ring around Yahoo falls. The park has improved signage at important intersections. Be aware of straying off on unofficial trails. This is high cliff country and not paying attention could cost you big time. Also, be on the lookout for black bears during the warm months. Yahoo falls is also a picnic area, and that tends to draw the bears in looking for a quick meal or handout. Bear sightings are not uncommon during the summer here.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a great, but difficult hike. The trail is entirely unmarked and requires several side paths to get around extended areas of downed trees as well as going over or under numerous trees along the trail. There are also a few perilous boulder crossings along the river that were especially precarious given the time of year and ice. We went counter clockwise and could not see any safe way down from the top of the cliffs along this version of the trail. We may have had better luck coming from the other direction, but we also had our dog with us and chose to backtrack and scramble down and follow the river until we came across the trail again. If you take a similar path as we did, I would still recommend going along the upper cliff for the view. The trail goes along the edge and I would not recommend this for children, and I especially note a small bend with vegetation that hides the 200 foot drop off. However, for adults, the view is worth it. Overall, fun and challenging and we look forward to returning.

hiking
3 months ago

this is not a long hike but its beautiful when there is water running. we did it on Jan 1 and it was 16 degrees so there was an ice volcano at the bottom. Everyone needs to see this at least once.

So gorgeous! Did this yesterday and it was just us on the trail in the morning! Lot of beautiful scenery and icicles! So cool❤️

hiking
3 months ago

12/30/17 the ice was about 5’ deep ❄️caution to watch out for falling ice

4 months ago

Great trail....easy to follow with a lot of places to stop and gawk at the rocks. Make sure you take the extra time to see Maker Arch. Explore the caves, and take some time at the falls. They are peaceful and inspire one to relax

Great variety of things to see! Beautiful river, caves, arches, large boulders, forrestry, and lots of campsites and a waterfall with a decent view. Like many others mentioned, we walked past the part you veer to the left and make the upward incline to the falls. If you arent using the location finder and trail map, if you make it to the simba rock out cropping, go back one camp site and look for the leftward trail. Theres a bathroom at the trail head and decent amount of parking.

Great views! A good variety of terrain, with hills, minor rock climbing and rocky inclines, paths right next to the river, and climbing over downed trees. It is certainly a workout, but a very fun one! Amazing overlook from the cliff at the top.

Get there at sunrise and you will probably be the only one(s) there. Great trails, hard to get lost and you can make it as long or as short as you want, Fall colors were incredible, waterfall is amazing! A+ trail.

Easy to access via a paved trail. There's a dirt path that leads down to the creek and then back to the waterfall. Easy walk for my 4 and 8 year old.

Nice view. Only traveled the paved way down. Wasn't sure how to get to the lower part of the fall.

backpacking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

There is a lot to see on this short loop. Features include old mine shafts, caves, a pond, and a cemetery. The beginning of the trail is a bit overgrown but it gets better as you get close to the old logging road. There were traces of bears on the trail and that is something that you may want to be aware of. The trail is well marked and easy to hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Enjoyed that the way AllTrails had us come in not in the main parking lot. We hiked past the Arches, to the Falls and then back, without ever going to the main parking lot. However from the trailhead to the Arches the trail is has lots of low brush that rub on your legs due to low use.

hiking
6 months ago

We did the Yahoo Falls trail, which was 1.2 miles. The falls, although small at our visit, with the cave, was beautiful.

This place is beautiful. You can view the water fall from every angle. highly recommend!

hiking
7 months ago

Great all around Adventure.

Fantastic trial! Also saw 4 snakes, rate the snakes as 10/10 they didn't bite us and were very polite. (Keep a lookout!) So great we did this hike twice in the short time we were in RRG.

backpacking
7 months ago

Fifth time to RRG and it only keeps getting better. Eagles Nest Trail was my favorite hike so far. However, it should absolutely be rated as Hard.

Not only is it difficult to figure out which path at which campsite leads up to the point, the whole trail is incredibly dangerous. The hike requires traversing large slippery boulders over creeks and along riverbank cliff sides. Climbing up and over large rocks and scaling hillside tree root systems is the norm. That is before you even get to the 30+ yard runoff / wet slipper rock scramble suspended over a 5-20 yard cliff side at a dangerously steep incline. Try not to slip, but also keep your head up! We had a gut wrenchingly close call when a frisbee sized rock dislodged by someone above came crashing into the top of my girlfriends backpack at deadly speeds, just inches from her skull.

The top is not nearly as sketchy as the hike up, except for the fact that the cliff side is a good 200-400ft above the forest floor. There is a reason this is one of the deadliest places in the gorge, do not go anywhere near the inside of the eagles nest without proper climbing gear.

The view was absolutely beyond explanation, especially as twilight lifted the dense morning fog.

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