Stephanie R. on Tioga Falls Hiking Trail
trail was closed mid way up, so I'm not really sure how the trail is. the annoying thing is we had no idea it was closed until we got to the block. no signs at the bottom to let you know.
Our first Kentucky hike. We thoroughly enjoyed the walk back to the falls. Agree with all the reviews that it's fairly steep and rocky. We were glad we had our trekking poles. The label of moderate is accurate. I really do wish I'd taken a trash bag; unbelievable the amount of trash that people throw --Shameful!!!
Well marked and easy to find.
Up the trail and to the falls is great. Once to the top you may wonder why
it’s called a looped trail. I talked to a local (I’m from Indianapolis)
and she said that the trail does continue but hasn’t been maintained in
years. She added that if I continue on to stick to the creekbed. Most of
the way I walked in the creekbed. However, at one point my leg got stuck
in sand with water up to my knee. I thought my shoe might get sucked off
pulling out my leg. Most of the way the creekbed is easily passable. At
times ground is easily passable. Only several times was it difficult to
pass either way and I’m not someone that avoids a challenge.
Eventually you’ll pass underneath the railroad tracks that you initially
crossed to get to the Falls. It’s at that point that I suggest you
continue your walk on dry land. It doesn’t mean go back up to the train
tracks (which would be difficult), just get out of the water. Not long
after you’ll come to a road that, if you take a right, will take you back
to the parking lot.
Take some mosquito repellant with you if you continue on past the falls.
It is in and back, no loop that I could find. Wear good shoes as the rocky footing is tricky at times. The water was low, but still beautiful. Would definitely do this hike again..and maybe next time pick up those damn cig butts some left on the trail. Will bring trash bag next time. Felt safe to do this hike alone with my dog, only saw one other person on the path.