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Copperas Falls [CLOSED]

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Clifty Wilderness

Copperas Falls is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Campton, Kentucky that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 183 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Park at the lot before concrete bridge by the bathroom and then you have to walk right to where copperas creek meets the road. Do not confuse copperas creek with the Red River and do not cross the bridge. The trail is on the same side as the lot and bathroom, if you are walking from the bridge and bathroom the trail is on your right. There are two entrances that meet up abruptly, and then later the trails split but both paths lead to the same place, just stay along the creek and it goes right to it.

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15 hours ago

Great trail. Loved it. Your feet will get wet though. You will cross Copperas Creek several times and it gets deep in places, especially after a good rain. But the falls are beautiful and worth it!

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washed out
3 days ago

some areas were washes out from flash flooding so I decided to turn around. inside find a nice spot to take a nice swim though.

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3 days ago

Loved it.!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike, with a stunning payoff. There are several creek crossings, but with water resistant shoes there isn’t too much worry. The waterfall was really flowing after the recent rains. Camped on the way back from the falls. Perfect weather and beautiful scenery. Will definitely hike this again in warmer weather.

hiking
2 months ago

What a wonderful trail with a rewarding end! The waterfall was beautiful today (after some heavy rains a few days ago). Definitely expect to get your feet wet, wear waterproof shoes! Otherwise beautiful scenery and an overall easy hike! Love by all (2 adults, 19yr old and 12 yr as well as 3 dogs)!

hiking
3 months ago

This a beautiful hike very easy, but there is a lot of creek crossings. The water wasn’t very high so we got lucky without getting wet. The waterfall was flowing pretty well and made the entire hike with it! Our Garmin showed the the hike was 6.38 miles there and back. The hike starts across the street from the canoe put in. There is a couple parking spots at the trail head but the trail is unmarked. You can also park as suggested before the concrete bridge.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice off the beaten path trail.

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muddy
3 months ago

UPDATE: found the correct trail This is one of the most rewarding views for a relatively easy trail in the RRG. Your feet will get wet as there are many creek crossings so make sure to wear waterproof shoes. Round trip hike on my Garmin Instinct was just under 4 miles. If you park at the bridge, the trail does NOT start at that parking lot, you have to walk down the road and the trail is immediately across from the Copperas Canoe Put In (on the Red River). Write this down before you lose service and aren’t able to read the reviews once down there!

hiking
4 months ago

I sprained my ankle here

hiking
4 months ago

This was a lot of fun, but make sure to bring some extra socks and shoes (maybe pants). You are above the creek for the first quarter to half mile or so, and then making frequent crosses between sides. I made it to the falls only being wet to my ankles, but just went for it on the way back and got wet to my knees. I went on a Sunday and it had rained a lot that previous Friday. Several tree trunks to use for crossing. Not required, but will keep you drier for longer. It’s actually quite lovely with all the large rock formations. It makes you feel a little like you’re in the land of giants. This isn’t a difficult hike, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike and not to strenuous. Once you park your car, facing the bathrooms the trailhead starts to the left of the bathrooms (away from the bridge). Lots of creek crossings and your feet will be wet after doing this trail..make sure to bring extra shoes and socks for afterwards. My Apple watch tracked this hike at 5.9 miles roundtrip. Beautiful waterfall at the end.

4 months ago

Great little hike. Took my youngest boy 7, he loved every second of it. We got to jump accross the creek, climb over logs, and scramble up a few side trails, all the things we love!

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4 months ago

Beautiful hike through rhododendron forest. This is not an official trail within the Gorge so it’s not maintained. 1. Is trail marked? - No. (but common sense dictates follow the stream to the waterfall) 2. Are there creek crossings? - Yes. Enough of them that I lost count. This isn’t a maintained trail so there aren’t bridges so if you are worried about wet and muddy feet then this hike isn’t for you. 3. Should I hike this if it’s rained recently? - Only if you’re an asshole.

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4 months ago

This is not an official trail so it is not maintained. However, if you don’t mind getting a little muddy it is not a difficult hike to the falls. The scenery is beautiful!

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

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