Lick Creek Trail

EASY 28 reviews

Lick Creek Trail is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Whitley City, Kentucky that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
951 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

took my 4 year old. was a great trail. lots of bugs, fall was dried up. rock formations was great. We enjoyed the hike.

2 months ago

Awesome trail. If you are building your stamina or want a casual hike, this is a great option. There is a fork that shortens backtracking from Lick Creek Falls that a lot of hikers will appreciate. Make the extra trip and see Princess Falls;there is a fire pit and room to camp if you so desire.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

We hiked this with my 4 and 6 year olds. My 4 year old walked 2.7, all the way in. My 6 year old did the whole thing 5.3. The first mile is uneventful and lots of deer flies. Don't forget bug spray. Definitely uphill on the way back, good calorie burn. Beautiful rock formation, worth the hike!

3 months ago

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6 months ago

The first mile is deceiving, keep going for beautiful views. Note that on the way back it's an uphill battle!

7 months ago

7 months ago

We have done the other end of this trail a few times before. This end of the trail starts out very slow in a scienic point of view. The first mile is nothing to look at but once you get to the rock formations its amazing. Lick Creek Falls is one of my favorite falls in the area. It looks like it is something you could see in another country. This trail is a lot more uphill on the way out.

7 months ago

Love this falls. There are some awesome cliffs and rock faces along this trail. The falls is spectacular.

8 months ago

Great trail although we took the liberty of taking two vehicles dropping one off at Yamacraw and one at the trailhead highly recommend that princess Falls is worth it just down a little bit further1.3 miles past the end of the loop

8 months ago

the lick creek trail actually runs from stearn's KY to Yamacraw at the Big South Fork. It is 7 miles long and connects into the Sheltowee Trail. From there you walk another mile to your vehicle at Yamacraw. By not doubling back we never had to go back up hill. You also don't miss out on Princess Falls. It is an absolutely gorgeous hike but prepare for your feet to get wet with the creek crossings. there were a few trees down but nothing my family had an issue with. we will definitely do this hike again.

9 months ago

11 months ago

Perfect weather. Went before in late summer and the trip was cut short due to seed tick attack. Made it to the falls this time which was running at a decent trickle. Rock outcroppings and cave like areas would be cool on much warmer days. My three year old had no issues managing the trail.

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11 months ago

This trail starts out wide and straight (this portion is perfect for little tots), but be patient. It narrows, leads you down two stair cases, through grand rock formations, over water, through diverse deciduous trees and evergreens. The trek back gives you a little cardio. Well worth your time! Our dog loved it too. Nice and cool with plenty to drink. Ellen