Overstreet Falls

HARD 64 reviews

Overstreet Falls is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wilmore, Kentucky that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
403 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

off trail

no dogs

This is a great walk but it can be very dangerous if one is not cautious. This trail heads down a dry creek bed to a cool plateau which has the best view of the falls. The top of the plateau has 3 foot deep rock fishers throughout the very flat area on top. This is a great place for a picnic. When you have had your fill of the plateau then head around to left as your going back down the small scramble and walk around the rocky hill to Jessamine Creek. You soon will come to Overstreet falls and you will then cross the smaller creek below the falls and head up a rocky scramble toward the falls until you reach a well defined trail. Head to the right, away from the falls, and in about a 1/8 of a mile you will come to a very impressive rock house equipped with a very large cave system. Caution: You are not allowed in the cave area April through October because of the endangered Gray Bat. After you have had your fill of this head back to the falls on the trail you came in on. The falls are most impressive. After you have had enough of the falls follow the trail which runs behind the falls, you will get a tad wet if they are going good. When it has been dry for a while the falls are dry, but when it there is a wet season it is a sight to behold. Follow the trail as it turns into a couple pretty good scrambles. This spot is very dangerous when icy or wet. You soon will find yourself at the top of the falls. There is a cool rock structure to the left of the falls if you are looking over them. If you are ready to head home, follow the creek bed to the bridge. This stretch of creek is fabulous especially when active. Take a left at the bridge and you are back on the main trail about a 1/4 mile from the trail head!

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1 month ago

A bit difficult to find(made a couple wrong turns). Parking is VERY limited and road almost too narrow. Trail is fairly well marked and not difficult. Falls are hard to view without "sliding" down steep bank. A few late summer wildflowers to see. VERY crowded as it was Labor day. Plan on returning on a week day when should be less congested and more quiet. Some folks had very young children/babies. I would not attempt with very little ones.

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Its a careful balance to find a day with recent-ish rain so the falls will be flowing, but not so soon/heavy that the creek bed you have yo rock hope through is too high, or the super steep (straight down) portion from the creek bed down to the falls isnt complete slosh and mud. calling this trail a loop is a bit mislead, as you still back track for most of the trail on the return. Still, the falls are beautiful if you can get to them! Would NOT bring a dog or small children. Suggest wearing chaco or waterproof boots.

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1 month ago

Pretty steep hike down to the falls off the cliff side. Little too much for me. Especially when the waterfall was completely dried up. That trail down the cliff side is no joke.

2 months ago

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2 months ago

Unfortunately I didn't get to see everything great that was in the photos posted. All is dried up due to no rain. I may go back after a considerable amount of rain.

2 months ago

This trail is absolutely beautiful. It's a little bit of a drive down a very narrow path, but totally with it.

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2 months ago

Loved this trail. I went when it was 95° with a heat index of 105° which wasn't the best idea because the climb back up from the bottom of the falls will make you run thru some H2O. I suggest plenty of water on warm days and good hiking shoes when going to the falls. Will definitely be going back soon!

3 months ago

this is by far my most favorite place to hike...through the creek. the regular trail is not hard. however I have not been brave enough to shimmy down the Cliffside to see the big falls!

3 months ago

A nice short trail which is a nice summer trail for tree lovers but for viewing the Gorge and river valley, late fall, winter, or early spring is best when the leaves are down.
The unofficial trail down through the Gorge itself is somewhat dangerous but awesome! Not for everyone; no elderly, children, or faint of heart, but worth it to the able bodied to hike.