Explore the most popular trail running 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.

I highly recommend this trail. It's a nice trail for an afternoon hike after a long day at work! The falls are gorgeous!

I really enjoyed this trail and found it to be much different than the others in RRG. This trail runs along the creek for the most part and is very lush, attracting frogs, insects, and beautiful flora and vines that gives you a unique feeling that you’re somewhere more like a jungle. Finding the trail can be a head scratcher, this app brings you somewhere before the actual trailhead but you’re close. Continue over the bridge and you’ll see a popular parking lot with a bathroom on your right. Best to park there. Then on foot continue down the road about 50 steps and on your right will be an unmarked trail, which is the correct one. You can’t get lost on this trail if you use the creek as your guide. The trail does traverse the creek a few times, but fortunately for us the water was low enough that rock bridges/logs were popping out of the water and used for crossing. There are also several downed trees to climb over but the trail does remain visible almost the whole time. The waterfall itself is super cool and taller than I expected. Word to the wise: Bring bug spray!

hiking
2 days ago

Was a great hike, lots of orange salamanders so watch your step as they hang out on the path. We did the hike to the falls and on to the end about 5.73 miles total. Seen a turtle in the path and a lot of birds in the surrounding woods.

I liked this trail. Be warned we did see a rattlesnake and a copper head swimming in the pool of water where the big rock is. It’s a long trail and we didn’t get a chance to finish it. But the bridge was neat. Didn’t get to see a lot of birds, just heard them.

hiking
6 days ago

One of the RRG’s best kept secrets. If you are looking for a few hours on the trail, away from the more popular, crowded spots, this is the hike for you. Deep in the creek, you definitely feel like you are in a tropical rainforest. The trail fades in and out, depending on the water levels, but just follow the creek and be prepared to cross several times (choose footwear accordingly). There were a few spots with downed trees blocking portions of the trial, but nothing unnavigable, just mildly inconvenient. The waterfall looks best after a good rainfall (or during), and conversely, may only be a trickle in drier periods. If you are feeling adventurous, you can climb up the side of the cave to the top of the waterfall. Be careful, as the rocks are slick up there! I parked at the Copperas Creek kayak put-in parking lot and walked away from the one lane bridge, along 715/ the Red River (downriver) until I came to the trailhead. Plenty of parking spots, bathrooms, maps and park bulletins.

Lovely trail with a little bit of everything - beautiful subtropical, mountainside foliage, cardio elevation, rock walls, a cave, an arch, a river, a creek, and a the crown jewel, a waterfall. If you are a photog and want to get pics, don’t come on a weekend. My first visit was on a warm, Sunday, Spring afternoon and it was like Disneyland. If you prefer solitude or want to get pictures, then weekdays, early are good for you. Falls look great after some rain, and the splash pool is a great place to cool off. Nice picnic area and family friendly. My only complaint is the limited parking.

Nice hike with waterfall and creek that the dogs loved.

Hard not moderate. It takes some serious guess work and a lot of wrong turns to actually find the eagles nest but once you get up there it’s awesome.

The hike down is fun and the arch is more of a cave than anything. The hike back was pretty exhausting, be ready to sweat a bit on this one.

Nice hike. Nice waterfall.

Well worth the hike

hiking
16 days ago

Gorgeous waterfall with easy access to the top and a nice pool at the bottom

Climbing the staircase was a challenge but well worth it! The views at the top are amazing!

Beautiful setting following the creek to the waterfall! Our dogs loved it too! Trail head is past the parking lot on the right and obvious. The wild flowers were still blooming too. Minimal elevation gain.

hiking
20 days ago

Amazing forest setting! Trail was hard to pick up sometimes but it made it more fun that way. Crossing the stream multiple times was an adventure. The waterfall at the end was so worth it. Rain didn’t keep us down! Would hike this again!

This trail was more impressive than I expected, particularly the basin area below the arch and the arch itself, which is massive. The elevation change will get your heart thumping.

Great trail! It was raining the first half of our hike but it was worth it. We were worried about the ground being slick but it wasn’t bad at all. Definitely recommend this trail.

Easy hike. Make sure to dip your toes in the falls.

hiking
22 days ago

Relatively flat trail with very nice waterfall at the end. You have to criss-cross the stream about 10 times along the way. If you go behind the falls and walk up to the right over the rocks the trail continues and you can go up on top of the falls.

hiking
23 days ago

A really amazing day for hiking! A little uncertain of the trail head--you have to walk about 20 paces down the road past the parking are to find the trail on the right--but once you're on the trail it was pretty easy going. A few areas where the trail is uncertain, but well trodden through most of the hike. Just follow the creek and it leads you to the falls. Well worth the time!

A must if you are hiking the Red River Gorge for the first time. Unbelievable views and good distance if you do the loop.

This was our first time to the area. Trail was great in the beginning, loved the suspension bridge, but then it got confusing and we got lost. We happened upon one sign that the top had been knocked off, not sure what was on it. I’ll be sending in the picture in and hopefully they’ll get it fixed. On another sign, the words for the trail were barely legible. Somehow we ended up on the rough trail and had been walking five hours before we walked out, thankfully with the help of a couple of hikers who have been there before and who knew the area.

finally made it to the cloudsplitter, and dang! it was brilliant. Don't let other reviews fool you, the trail and rock scrambling up may be strenuous, but it is definitely achievable and well worth reaching the top. there was a lot of traffic coming out of the cave right below the peak, so we bypassed seeing what was in and on the other side, but our next trip we will be going through it.

Great views! Enjoyable creating some of your own paths and making decisions as you go.

Three of us hiked in on the Double arch side, descended to the creek between Double arch and Courthouse rock. We found a campsite well off of the trail and stayed 2 nights, making short day hikes as we wanted - In June 2017 (=hot weather) But the creekside campsite was cool enough and the bugs were not bad.....worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Loved the Falls!

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike with beautiful scenery on way to “highest waterfall in KY”.

Hard (depending on how out of shape you are) but fun trail! Amazing views and the overlook at the top was worth it!

backpacking
1 month ago

Amazing views.

Great evening loop very easy to jog or hike

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