Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Alum Ford to Yamacra is around 6.5 miles point to point. This is a mostly easy trail with several nice sights to see. This follows the BSFR. At 2 miles there is a shelter over looking the river. An old homesite is just before this overlook and even before this there is an old gravesite, about 1 mile from start of trail.

17 days ago

Hiked to Dick Gaps and Catawba overlooks. Nice views of Mine 18 and the BSF river. Several nice rock formations too.

on Middle Creek Nature Loop

2 months ago

great hike! not as strenuous as some with amazing rock houses and well made trail.

Best hike of the year so far. The abundance of rain had every rockhouse waterfall rolling. Very well maintained trail, very well marked. We listened to the reviews and went clockwise on the loop. Great advice!! Pictures really can't do this hike justice.

Easy. Well marked. Trail in good shape. Close to 3.5 mi. A lot of bang for your buck-many stunning rock features and small waterfalls on a short hike. Don't miss this one. Go soon after or during rain.

Awesome cliffs, easy hike

Middle Creek trailhead is a 3.4 mile loop for hiking. It is well marked, and has rock houses along the trail. There is one spot where you need to do a little rock navigation. No area to really stop and have lunch. Beautiful scenic road from Monticello. No GPS.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Nice easy hike, lost GPS about halfway, keep to left if going counterclockwise

Friday, April 21, 2017

easy hike lots of photo opportunities

Thursday, April 06, 2017

great hike....two waterfalls on the trail. make sure to wait for a rain for both to be good though.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Our trip to Twin Arches started at the Middle Creek trailhead. We went "straight" to Jakes Place, set up our tent,did the Twin Arches loop, then stayed the night. The next day we did the loops we had bypassed on the first day. Each loop was spectacular and had its own feel. Middle Creek had great vertical bluffs and overhangs. This loop was easy but not to be missed.

Area is lovely and the campground is nicely maintained. However, in season, the boat ramp is busy and the locals can be obnoxious.

We cut a 2 night stay short after we had some drunken locals show up late and take the site diagonal from us. They literally stayed up until dawn banging around, yelling, drinking, playing loud music, having loud sex and WANDERING THROUGH OUR CAMPSITE. We know these were locals based on the tirade we received when we asked them to kindly keep it down at about 11:45 PM.

Rangers supposedly spoke to them in the morning after we complained, and assured us we'd have a quieter night -- but the troublemakers were still there, drinking again and raising a ruckus at noon on Saturday. We decided we were too tired to do any of our planned hiking trips, and realized our suburban Louisville backyard was actually more peaceful, so we packed up our gear, cut our trip a day short and drove back home.

Monday, July 21, 2014

This is a fun/ moderate trail. If you decide you want on top of the falls, and actually make it, prepare to do some hardcore bushwhacking,

below is a guide of this trail, with better starting directions


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