Lick Creek Trail

EASY 44 reviews

Lick Creek Trail is a 5 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
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
728 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

hiking
1 hour ago

Absolutely beautiful trail. Incredible rock formations, beautiful wild flowers, gorgeous falls. It's well marked and maintained. It took us just under four hours, and that's including an hour and a half at the falls. The shade is great too! Take a stick because we went through at least 30 spider webs!

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic hike! I think the mileage may be off by a mile. The rock formations are amazing and the falls are pretty with a nice sandy beach to sit and admire them. My dogs had a great time playing in the water. We didn't see anyone there - except for a bear! The trailhead was slightly confusing because it forked at the beginning with no signage. It looks like there may have been a sign there once. Anyway, go right.

2 months ago

This place has it all :) Absolutely beautiful and well taking care of♡

backpacking
4 months ago

Water falls and water crossings everywhere you look!

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike. Water was raging so we didn't get to Lick creek falls. The recent rainfall had the water running over the rock houses which was extremely photo worthy!

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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

Sunday, July 30, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

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!

hiking
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

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

Monday, March 06, 2017

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.

Monday, February 20, 2017

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

Sunday, February 05, 2017

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

Thursday, February 02, 2017

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.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

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.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

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

hiking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

Beautiful hike! 6.2 miles

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

My favorite trail so far. A beautiful hike, once you get past the first relatively unremarkable mile or so. The trail follows beautiful cliffs and passed under small waterfalls and forests filled with mountain laurel and rhodies. The trail follows the creek most of the way.

hiking
Thursday, March 13, 2014

This is great trail with easy access from the river basin. It runs with the Sheltowee Trace and takes you directly to Princess Falls. If you hike the trail from the falls north you will encounter several uphill climbs and stair sets to climb. Reversing this might be easier for beginner hikers. Some shallow water crossing so be prepared. Access and parking at both ends of the trail.

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