Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

Possibly my favorite hike we did here. If you go past the arch on the left there is a place where the rock drops off and the view is spectacular! We were amazed! Watch your dogs and kids. Highly recommend this trail!!

Fairly easy hike, but perhaps one of the most beautiful hikes I've done in years. 4 waterfalls, lots of small falls and creek crossings with perfectly placed rocks as stepping stones, well maintained and easy to follow trail, beautiful turquoise water, a couple places that look like they would be great for swimming (though it was too cold still today), stunning views of the Van Hook falls with lots of climbing opportunities to get as close to the water as you want. I can't wait to go back next time I'm driving through KY!

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful trail even in the cold spring/winter weather this year....will be back again!

hiking
15 days ago

My husband I found this trail following another reviewers directions (Eli Caudill). The first part was a bit muddy but once we crossed the gravel road and hit the actual trail it was nice. We went after a decent rain so there was plenty of water. I really enjoyed this drive and the short hike.

Great hike with beautiful scenery the whole way. Bridge was awesome and just as enjoyable for adults as it is for kids. My son and I both had a blast.

Kid friendly and a great place for lunch just past the bridge

backpacking
26 days ago

Water falls and water crossings everywhere you look!

on Nathan McClure Trail

1 month ago

I love this site, it's a gem. I use it in the spring time and I rarely see anyone else when I go. it has a few tent pads before you go on the trails, other than that it's pretty much dispersed. the trails are off a gravel road and are not well marked or kept up with. last time I went there were a few downed trees and no clear trail markers when you get closer to the river. if you know the area though you can find your way to the river with a great veiw. I would rate this usually moderate but in the state of the trail last time I went I would say hard. especially for anyone knew to hiking or this area. but nonetheless it makes for an exciting little weekend adventure. not to mention the Eagles flying over head!

Easy trail with a few steps. Beautiful overlook and then an easy walk to under the arch. Good for a quick adventure

hiking
1 month ago

Nice walk around the lake! We were coming off illness (but needed to stretch our legs) and looking for an easy Sunday hike. Also wanted something relatively dry (no creek crossings) as it wasn't an especially warm day. This checked all the boxes. Minimal elevation changes and obstacles. Easy to follow trail (you take the road back to complete the loop). Expect to see lots of lake views, accessible beach areas, and some rock formations. Also, lots of trash. Like a lot :-(. I'm sure on a summer day it would be a different experience with lots of boat traffic as well, but the lake was fairly quiet on this March day. I had a toddler in a backpack carrier (and a baby in my belly), and an 8 year old on foot - the loop took about 2 hours with plenty of breaks to skip stones and play.

Recent maintenance work on the trail by the USFS has made a big improvement.

Loved this little section of Sheltowee Trace!! We walked out to the suspension bridge and back. We walked around the creek and fund some really great camping spots close by. There was a small waterfall along the way which always makes for an exciting hike. Definitely going to use this a starting point for one of our Sheltowee Trace straight through hikes! Walking out was a lot easier than I anticipated it to be. The last ridge is the KILLER and you’ll know when you get there! Happy Hiking

Beautiful lakeside early March hike. We found a small beach to stop for a quick lunch and just to enjoy the lake with no boats and no one else around. It’s a super simple hike. You will need a map as the trail is not marked until you get right up on it. There are benches throughout the trail overlooking the lake you need a little break. We also found picnic tables and grills at the end of the trail we didn’t see when we piled up so that was a nice little surprise. Excited to come back in the summer when it warmer to float and grill! ***** There IS lots so trash

Probably one of the prettiest hikes I’ve been on in a while. The suspension bridge is great, but there is so much more to see!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. Water was raging so we didn't get to Lick creek falls. The recent rainfall had the water running over the rock houses which was extremely photo worthy!

Quick and easy out and back trail. Great place for first time hikers that are wanting to get started. I would suggest this hike during October as the leaves are changing.

Really enjoyable hike. About as wet as it gets right now (Whitley county is under flood warnings), so the trail was slick, but doable. I had an 18 month old on my back, and an 8 year old on foot - took about 2 hours round trip with some timeouts for off trail exploration. Path is well marked and clear from most debris (just a couple of downed trees that were very manageable). Four creek crossings (not sure if that's typical), two waterfalls, moss covered rock formations, and a suspension bridge. Great setup for camping on other side of bridge - will be back in warmer temps to make use of it.

hiking
2 months ago

Another great hike for Hoss and me,Van Hook falls was frozen over,it was amazing,one of our favorite hikes, icicles were every where,the streams and creeks were frozen,it was a winter wonderland!!!!

hiking
2 months ago

good trail, lots of rock formations down by the river.

Definitely one of the most amazing arches in the gorge!

hiking
2 months ago

A great hike,Hoss came with me and it was beautifull!!! Had fun and huge cliffs and huge rocks everywhere,loved the suspension bridge!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Loved. Pretty short. Mile total maybe. Easy hike. Views are beautiful. No one else way out there. Can sit and take it for awhile. This would be very easy to get people out to see the views if they aren’t able to hike inclined trails.

hiking
2 months ago

Very short. Moderately easy trail, short but not flat.

hiking
2 months ago

One of favorite in the park. It's a nice Sunday morning get your blood pumping while you walk and drink coffee kind of hike. Smaller formations than other trails but more accessible and personal. Also, if your into geology, it has some beautiful formation patterns and water erosion features.

Nice moderate forested trail. Waterfall can run dry at times so check on recent rainfall before you go. Watch for a good swimming hole about 3/4 of the way in, just off the trail. The creek is also fun for kids when the water level is good.

There are also some good spots for backcountry camping. It's a short hike for backpacking, but would be good for someone just beginning or for getting young kids into it.

Very enjoyable hike, 4 waterfalls along the way.

beautiful trail!

one of the best hiking trails I've been on

super nice winter hike. cliff lines were layered with icicles, frozen waterfall, & snow covered trail added to beauty

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