Sheltowee Trace: Yamacraw, Princess and Julie Lynn Falls

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Daniel Boone National Forest

Sheltowee Trace: Yamacraw, Princess and Julie Lynn Falls is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stearns, 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 but must be kept on leash.

Length5.2 miElevation gain429 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsForestRiverWaterfallWildlifeBlowdownMuddyOver grown
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Brandi Rahmanian
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Hiking

The area is beautiful, but the trail is not too great. That being said we only made it to the rope crossing because the creek was high. Might be a better summer hike, but Kentucky definitely has better trails to offer. When you come to the falls, do not continue on the road/path furthest right....that’s not the trail. It is poorly marked in this area.

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Kristi Miller
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Hiking

Great hike! We only went as far as the rope crossing because the water was too high to cross, but two great waterfalls and most of the hike along the water. Very peaceful hardly no one else on the trail

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Chris Riddle
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HikingBlowdownMuddyRocky

My advice for most people, stop at Princess Falls (separate trail listing on AllTrails). The trail to Lick Creek Falls requires a few creek crossings that you will need to use the rope to help you get across and not get wet or get swept away by the creek (if water is moving swiftly). The trail past Princess Falls is why this trail is rated moderate. There is a separate trail to Lick Creek Falls (listed in AllTrails) and I would suggest most people break this into separate hikes. If you insist on making it all the way to Lick Creeks Falls, use the map! Also, if the parking lot is full or your vehicle has low ground clearance, cross the bridge and park at the Yamacraw water access lot.

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Stephanie Portell
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Margaret Stelzer
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This is a beautiful hike that I highly recommend but, we got a bit confused when trying to proceed to Lick Creek Falls and ended up back tracking several times. Here's what we learned and please don't laugh too hard at us. The trail to Princess Falls is NOT a spur off the main trail and the rutted, alpine climb up the forest road on the right fork is not the main trail. The actual trail continues on the right bank after reaching the top of the falls. There is no sign and the trail head is littered with tree fall so we missed it the first time. About 1/10 of a mile down the trail from the Princess falls is another fork. This time, the trail that looks like a forest road down to the creek is the correct one. The right fork is an unofficial bypass so that you don't have to criss-cross the creek twice. Fearing forest roads, we took the foot path but didn't realize what this trail was, took the slippery crossings that the bypass had just spared us and ended up in a "Blair Witch" circling back to the Princess Falls. After exhausting all erroneous possibilities, we proceeded to Lick Creek Falls without any more troubles. It's a gorgeous area and worth all the blunders.

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Tony Owen
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Good little trail on a Sunday. Rated moderate but more on the easy side. We recorded 6.5 miles instead of the 5.2. If you have the time it's worth the trip to lick creek falls it has beautiful rock formations and a cute little falls. Okay, I could've pissed more water off the top of the falls but it was cute. Anyway good trail for beginners or family's with smaller children.

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Mike Keltner
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Great trip, leave from the upper parking lot, don’t forget to go all the way to lick creek falls the true gem of the hike!

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Mike Beckwith
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We ended up hiking closer to 6 miles from car and back. End of the trail was pretty muddy and slippery. Definitely important to follow previous hikers suggestion to keep right at the wooden bridge towards princess falls. After Princess Falls, signs for Lick Creek Falls won’t be for a bit, but you’ll see diamonds. Also there is a seemingly unnecessary part right after Princess falls to cross the creek, you can skip that and stay to the right on the creek to continue towards Lick Creek Falls. Definitely worth the hike to Lick Creek, most impressive by far!

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Adam Samulak
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I lost my drone August 6th in a tree near this trail by the river. latitude 36.727289 longitude -84.541879 if you hike this trail, please check this spot. I have insurance but can't claim it without the wreckage. phone number on the leg. Reward

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Eric Moore
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Really nice! The first bit gets a lot of traffic, but after the second falls (princess?), it was very quiet. Lick creek falls didn’t have a lot of water flow, but was still impressive, with the cliffs and such. Really peaceful. Mild side of moderate.

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Sam Kreis
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Nice trail. Well maintained. Pretty easy as long as you don’t mind a couple of creek crossings. A modest quarter of a mile uphill just before Lick Creek Falls but otherwise a flat trail. AllTrails measured 3.4 miles to Lick Creek Falls from the parking lot. The falls are nice. Parking lot is the Yamacraw day use lot before the bridge if you’re coming from Stearns. I did not see anyone til Lick Creek Falls going in but by my exit before noon the parking area was full on a Friday.

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Lana Bodin
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Love the heavy canopy of the trail! There was a bit of the trail that was a little overgrown and a couple of spots that look like they will be washed out soon. We felt the trail was super adventurous and loved the feeling of seclusion. We also hiked to Lick Creek Falls.

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Jeana Edwards
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Trail was muddy at places. Several small waterfalls leading to Princess Falls. Overall good trail!

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Craig Mack
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Great trail out to Princess Falls. The trail was muddy due to recent rains but did not cause any issues. Tried to make it to Lick Creek Falls , however, Lick Creek was too high to cross without getting both feet wet for remainder of the hike so just went exploring instead! Will definitely return when water is lower and creek crossing is accessible.

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Darcie White
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This was a beautiful trail, may very well be my new favorite! There were several muddy spots and slippery rocks, and also several splits in the trail so you’ll want to be sure to pay attention, but overall very well marked. Advice from previous reviewer very helpful - in order to get to Lick Creek Falls, do not cross wooden bridge to left of trail, DO veer right at sign that says “Princess Falls 0.2 miles” - there will be another sign beyond that directing you to Lick Creek Falls. Three beautiful falls along the way, and many places to stop to rest, think, and take in the view. I look forward to returning in the future, perhaps this time to make my way to Yahoo Falls.

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Jayna M. Day
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This is a beautiful waterfall. We did go past Princess Falls to Lick Creek Falls and I must say that is was very worth the hike. It would not be a great hike from Princess to Lick with children, it is a long hike and can be a little strenuous. But still worth a look. Pictures do not do Lick Creek Falls justice!

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Rhonda Mulligan
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I made this trail a little longer by going on out to Lick Falls. The directions to the trailhead are good except it says it on your left, don't cross bridge on your right is Yamacraw day use lot, you go under the bridge that is why GPS says on left. 1st waypoint is Julie Lynn falls, small but has Cascades also. 2nd waypoint is princess falls. This is where it gets a little tricky, the bridge keeps you on the Sheltowee trace trail. There is a sign saying princess falls .2 miles, this is trail 631 aka Lick Creek trail you will come to a down tree, to your left is a path down to the falls and swimming hole, go under the tree (recently downed still had green leaves on it) to stay on Lick Creek trail. Keep in mind you are doing this trail backwards so the diamond markers are not facing you. but easy enough to find. you will cross the creek several times before you get to the sign for Lick Creek Falls #631A, this had the biggest incline, and it seemed longer than a half mile to falls. 3rd waypoint lick Creek Falls. Trail was muddy due to an early morning thunderstorm, over grown in spot but doable, lots of trees across trail but they are passable . Great trail, plenty of places to camp, just mined your footing in places.

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Marilyn Nash
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Destiny Wright
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Enjoyed this hike, but it is rather lengthy and there are many creek crossings.

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Garrett Teffeteller
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