Bad Branch Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews
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Bad Branch Trail is a 5.9 mile out and back trail located near Eolia, Kentucky that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

5.9 miles
1643 feet
Out & Back


nature trips






no dogs

1 month ago

My friend and I hiked this trail today. it was amazing. The hike to the water fall is nice; not very hard. The hike to High Rock was a little more tough, but it was well worth it. The view is amazing and on the way back it's almost all downhill.

11 months ago

Good trail. Easy hike under the canopy on a sunny day. Last 1/10 mile is rather steep but well worth it.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Wonderful hike. And so worth it for the beautiful view.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Good trails. Strenuous work out at the top right before the falls.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Moderate is an understatement perhaps. Beautiful hike and plenty of places to take a dip in the creek if you choose. But with an altitude increase of over 1100 feet over rock and root covered trail, I would have to give this a hard rating. I took my 13 year old son and his German Shepherd on a 5+ mile hike last week over smooth terrain in just over two hours. We did bad branch in 4.5! Very fun, but physically demanding trail that has a gorgeous waterfall to see and plenty of nature to enjoy along the way.

Monday, March 27, 2017

rough in some areas, stay on trail.

Monday, August 01, 2016


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I love this little trail. The falls are only a mile (or a 45 minute hike) from the trailhead and have bridges and easily marked paths for hiking. The High Rock trail branches off of the Bad Branch Trail and it's quite a bit longer, but I always love stopping over at Bad Branch Falls on the way up top.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A great hike. My girlfriend and I were there a couple of weeks ago. Bad Branch creek was beautiful to walk along. we caught a nice, rare, showy Orchid on the trail. Can't wait to go back.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

We went back today with 2 of our 3 kids. I was a little worried about the youngest as she's only 3, but they did wonderful. They were thrilled with the hike & falls. We spent a good amount of time there. We rested, had a snack & even family prayer time. Gorgeous!! #hikingforChrist

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

One of our favorite family hikes!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Beautiful hike. Slick, steep & very rocky at points, especially closer to the falls. The view of Bad Branch Falls is well worth it!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Nice and easy until the last 300 yards and then it gets a bit rough but still not to bad. It's worth it to see the falls. I didn't have time to go on up to the top but I will next time.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Nice and challenging. Rewarding view at the top, waterfall at the bottom.

Friday, September 21, 2012

This trail is a great hike during the spring and fall seasons. The trail is a bit rough and can be narrow in places but it is in a very beautiful area. Be sure to go a few days after rain do that the falls will be flowing.

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