Dog Slaughter Falls Trail

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Cumberland Falls State Park

Dog Slaughter Falls Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Corbin, Kentucky that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 223 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

scramble

NOTE: Road is washed out 2 miles before the beginning of the trail. Dog Slaughter Falls Trail runs parallel to Dog Slaughter Creek through dense stands of hemlock and rhododendron. Near the mouth of the creek, the 15-foot Dog Slaughter Falls provides a scenic place to enjoy nature. The trail meanders over and around massive boulders. It ends at the Cumberland River.

hiking
16 hours ago

My homeboy dropped a masterpiece of a doody in the campsite behind the sign that says the falls are one mile, then covered it up like a cat. The four mile version is decent. The eight mile version is awesome.

hiking
23 hours ago

Beautiful hike and rock formations along the way. Water fall at the end was even more beautiful. My family stayed by the falls for a good 2 hours just exploring. 5/5 for sure!

hiking
3 days ago

Super trail. Very interesting along the creek. The first two miles it was like “ the hike through the fallen trees”. Lots of climbing over or under trees along the path. After the falls, go the extra half mile or so to get to the river. Well worth it.

hiking
4 days ago

This trail was amazing. Although it gets very steep and hard to maneuver close to the waterfall. But was definitely well worth it. Be careful with small children some narrow paths along the way.

hiking
5 days ago

Very lush trail. Please be advised you’ll have to go through a dirt road for the last 3 miles with your car before you get to the beginning of the trail. The trail itself was beautiful, quite and the waterfall at the end was so worth it! Very family friendly trail!

hiking
5 days ago

This was the first trail we did on our trip and the first time using this app. It took us to directly to the trail head and was easy to find. Parking was a little crowded on the narrow road.

hiking
6 days ago

absolutely incredible hike. A few tricky bits with rocks and roots but beautiful hike!

hiking
6 days ago

Amazing hike! I took this hike on a Sunday (Mother's Day) and it was not too crowded. My family was unsuccessful in finding the second trailhead. After 45 min of searching we gave up and chanced the first trailhead. (It was a little over 3.5 miles one way). The scenery walking to the trails was nice, so give yourself time if you are someone who likes to stop and check out the views. Bring a lunch and plan to stay for awhile at the falls because it is BEAUTIFUL! I definitely plan to return and hike this trail again...but not until I figure out where the shorter trailhead. :)

hiking
10 days ago

Fun trail and beautiful scenery. I was able to easily traverse the few small obstacles with a one year old strapped to my chest, and my other children (11, nine and four) did well getting around the trail also. We went on a Sunday (May 17) and the trail was HEAVILY trafficked. I would suggest going sometime through the week or very early in the morning.

hiking
11 days ago

One of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done! Never saw another person. Beautiful falls. Caution shoes will get muddy and wet.

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike and good views!

hiking
11 days ago

Wow!! Absolutely Beautiful place! The trail was well marked and easy to walk. And the Waterfall! Gorgeous! We will definitely be going back!!

12 days ago

Great hike! Just need to wear better shoes next time we go

hiking
12 days ago

Such an enjoyable day. Not much traffic today , passed server all in the trail but was lucky enough to have the falls area all to myself. Followed AllTrails map—- it was 3.6 miles out and back. Several dogs on the trails and owners along the way have not bothered to pick up feces. So sad to see trash along the way. “LNT”

hiking
13 days ago

Wow, this place is incredible!! Highly recommend it. Pretty easy hike to the falls, course is clearly marked, lots of roots so watch your footing. Definitely a great place to bring a book or a lunch and chill out once you get to the falls. On a hot day it would make an ideal little swim. Today I hiked there and back and it was 3.17 miles on my Garmin. Will definitely be back!

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike! Lots of traffic in and out and parking can be tricky. Wooded trail, great for hiking on hot days as the trees help keep you cool. This trail runs mostly alongside the creek, which makes for beautiful scenery and nice breezes. Terrain can be tricky with rocks and a lot of root systems to maneuver around, recommend a hiking stick. The length of this trail is inaccurate on here. It was 3.5 miles to the waterfall and back, leaving from the second trailhead. Trail constantly shifts up and downhill and is a nice workout. I would recommend bringing a backpack with a towel and a picnic lunch, plus your water shoes or swimsuit. Once you get to the waterfall, you’re going to want to stay for awhile. Absolutely gorgeous! Pet friendly too!

hiking
13 days ago

From the first trailhead, roundtrip, the trail is about nine miles total. It was mostly up and down following the creek most of the way. From the second trailhead to the waterfall was fairly crowded. Good hike.

hiking
13 days ago

Well maintained and only truly moderate/difficult getting back up from the falls. This is one of the most beautiful waterfalls I’ve seen and it was such a unique surrounding with massive rocks everywhere. Perfect place to have a picnic. Parking was not a problem.

hiking
14 days ago

The falls and water hole are a beautiful sight to see! We came to do the trail on a Saturday afternoon and there was a lot of foot traffic. Definitely worth the trip though as the waterfall and area are beautiful.

hiking
14 days ago

LOVED this trail and it’s a good challenging trail. Definitely going back

hiking
rocky
14 days ago

Great hike. Really enjoyed the trail. A lot of ups and downs makes it great for a workout. Trail is a little narrow.

hiking
15 days ago

Hiked it this morning. Not much area to park at the shorter leg of Dog Slaughter. Follows the creek either along it or a above it. While there were some ups and downs over creek crossings, a lot of it was flat or gently rising or falling. Can be slippery on both sides of creek crossings. As an avid hiker, I would have rated this as an easy hike if it weren't for the large amount of roots and small rocks. Saw several people with kids under 5 who were doing well on this trail. If I'm in thg he area, I will definitely go again. Beautiful!

hiking
19 days ago

Great trail! Have been multiple times and will return again. The trail is well marked but some parts can be overgrown so make sure you apply the deet. The falls serves as a great spot to bring a lunch and relax. The trail continues on the sheltowee trace if you want to explore more!

hiking
19 days ago

Loved this trail. When you park and see sign after crossing the bridge, go to the right. So much beauty! Go early to avoid crowds. Little beach area at end for lunch/snacks. Highly recommend this trail.

hiking
20 days ago

Very nice trail! Was a great way to spend Mother’s Day with my wife and daughter. We hiked the shorter trail and found more trail after the falls! If you’re feeling up to it, continue on the trail after enjoying the falls until you get to the little wooden bridge marked by a Sheltowee Trace trail marker. The view from there is very nice as well!

hiking
21 days ago

Hiked it last week. Met a lot of people on the trail. Fairly easy hike, and kid friendly. Absolutely beautiful and worth your time!

hiking
rocky
25 days ago

This trail is beautiful. We took the “1 mile” trail which is actually more like 1.6 miles one way. It was definitely not an easy hike but my kids (ages 9, 7, and 4) were able to handle it. They are fairly experienced hikers though. In the end it was totally worth the trouble. The falls are beautiful and the kids had fun splashing in the water.

26 days ago

is this trail open? is it worth a 2.5 drive?

hiking
blowdown
bugs
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
27 days ago

We made the mistake of going to the entrance at the 1st sign. It took us 2.5 hours to get to the second sign. It would have been another 2 miles ( in and out) to the actual falls. We walked the road back to our car parked at the 1st sign. The trail at the 1st sign is not kid friendly and is in my opinion more than moderate. It is very deceiving as it has some nice smooth path ways but has very rough climbs up and down along rock walls and lots of tress down.

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