Lick Creek Trail

EASY 16 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.

5.1 miles 951 feet Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips







16 days ago

21 days 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.

1 month ago

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

1 month 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

1 month 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.

2 months ago

5 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.

5 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

5 months ago

5 months ago

Beautiful hike! 6.2 miles

8 months ago

10 months ago

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.

1 year ago

2 years ago

3 years ago

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.