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Tioga Falls Trail is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near West Point, Kentucky that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 324 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky
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A small part of the trail is closed at the beginning. You will follow a detour down the road for a little while. About 1/3 of a mile from the trailhead, the trail splits to form the loop. This loop trail passes by 2 large train trestles that are still operational, but please stay off of the tracks. You will soon pass by an old set of stone steps, these steps lead downhill to remnants of an old spring house near the creek below. This was used as a stopping place for carriages in the 19th century. After about a mile you will come to the Tioga Falls, which is actually a series of falls, or even a cascade if the water flow is light. From top to bottom, the Falls are about 130 feet high. At this point the trail turns and loops back to the trailhead. The lower portion of the loop follows Tioga Creek, for approximately 1/2 mile. The trail soon reconnects, leading back to the parking area.

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From I-65, take the Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265) West exit. Continue west on the Gene Snyder Freeway for approximately 10 miles, and turn left (south) onto 31W. Continue south on 31W for about 8 miles, then turn left at the sign for "Bridges to the Past". Follow this road to the parking lot.

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Bianca Pillarella
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A short and sweet trail that ends at a lovey waterfall

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Amos Wilkins
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Great place for families and dogs and fast food pick a nicks.

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Amberly Nunn
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The reward at the end of the trail is so worth it! Gorgeous multi leveled waterfall. Easy enough for kids, but there was some steep incline. Go early- it gets very crowded!

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Adam Gassman
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Took the main trail to the falls, but decided to take the creek back to the parking lot. Very easy to navigate (maybe slightly more difficult than the trail in) at the beginning near the waterfall. However, you will get wet in some spots, unless you completely leave the creek bed. Several spots had me going over or under fallen trees, and switching creek sides. Alot of typical creek wildlife (insects and spiders, minnows, frogs, small snakes) When you come out near the train tressle, its get significantly more difficult. The creek becomes unusable (unless you're prepared to wade in near waste deep water in some spots) and you must get into the overgrown brush. I followed the creek for several minutes, sometimes crossing in narrow places. I saw several varmints, but were spooked by my presence and ran off. I did get turned around as the creek forked (see my recording) and had to backtrack. Only when i downloaded the proper map did I realize that it would not return to the parking lot following the creek, as you might assume. The creek does eventually take you there, but goes several miles south before turning 180 degrees and heading north, crossing at the trailhead. From here, I followed the high voltage electrical wires west to RR Tressle Road, where I could return to the parking lot. This was also thick bush, with blind, unstable footing. I took every step deliberately and carefully. I was also fearful of snakes, and did not have any ankle or leg protection from bites. I did this hike after a decent rainfall on the previous night. A hike during a drought may be easier. Lessons Learned - Wear pants and long sleeves when leaving the trail. Glad I at least had pants. - Creek bed not suitable for popsicle stick ankles. - Look at appropriate maps before heading out, esp if heading off trail

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Tiffany Brown
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Tiffany Brown
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loved it. quiet easy and peaceful.

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Adam Gassman
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Great trail to the falls. It rained the night before, so falls were very active. Trail rating (moderate) is very accurate. Very little flat trail except for the road. Trail was quite rocky or rooty at places. Kid and dog friendly, but I would only take a child maybe 6 or older and able to negotiate the rocks. I carried my 3 year old son about half of the entire trail. Would recommend for a free 2-hour block.

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Gabe Wartman
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Starts off with some nice elevation gain to get the legs going. Overall pretty rocky terrain throughout. It's a nice hike and the waterfall is beautiful. I just wish the signs covered in graffiti weren't there.

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Robert Selman
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Good trail. Part is closed and detour is not marked well. Use a good up to date recording for your map.

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amanda Barney
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awesome trail!

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Andy Lemon
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Wide trail. Easy hike. Amazing 130’ cascading waterfall.

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Allison Killeen
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Easy out and back trail. Best to go early in the morning or during the week.

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Kyle Maki
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We really enjoyed the 2 hour hike. Not too hard but you better watch your step. Tree roots and rocks are waiting to trip you up.

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Shelby Steege
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waterfall is nice but so crowded.

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Austin Kelly
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HikingMuddyOff trail

Great trail. I recommend going 1-2 days after it rains to see the waterfall at the end. Towards the beginning of the trail it closes off and you gotta walk along the road; Just follow the signs and you’ll be good. There was some trash leftover from previous hikers.

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Heather Warren
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This is a nice little trail. It is rocky and muddy so proper hiking footwear is recommended.

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Anthony Irizarry
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Good hike. It was busy. Some garbage/litter along the trail.

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Brianna Smith
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Shreeta Waldon
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This was my first time hiking with my family. We enjoyed getting out and exploring nature together. The waterfall was nice. I look forward to returning in the spring. Maybe the stream will be stronger.

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MahLou Whelan
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Great place for hiking all kinds of age, nice falls.

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Travis Higdon
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Great trails for the family. Not too crowded but definitely busy. Litter is quite plentiful. Will definitely go back in the fall.

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Annie Geller
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If you have kids / are just looking for a relaxed and low key hike, this hike is a good option. It is pretty crowded, about a mile to get to the falls, with a fairly steep incline at the very beginning. It has a nice overlook from a railroad about .5 miles in. If you're a more serious hiker/ backpacker, I would really stay away. Even at off times it is incredibly busy, and once you get to the falls there isn't much space to keep to yourself or get away from the crowds. There are areas that are roped off that go onto the upper parts of the falls, and I watched tons of people who did not have the proper shoes to be climbing around slippery inclines and jumping over/under the ropes to explore the upper areas.

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christa sturgeon
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Frank Nolan
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Beautiful hike gets little steep at times.The railroad crossing was cool. I think this waterfall has potential after a good rain.

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John Young
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Beautiful views. Limestone rocks on the path makes it interesting. And the falls at the end is a great payoff. Downside: could be marked better and some trash was strewn along the way.

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