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Van Hook Falls and Cane Creek Valley is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near London, Kentucky that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.7 mi Elevation gain 626 ft Route type Out & Back

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Vanhook Falls, is located in Daniel Boone National Forest, Laurel County, Kentucky. This Sheltowee Trace trek enters the primitive Cane Creek Wildlife Management Area, descending to beautiful Cane Creek with its large rock slabs perfect for picnicking or listening to the water flow. It then climbs north past Cane Creek to reach Van Hook Falls, which plummets into a sandstone cathedral. Along the way are rock formations, waterfalls, and sandstone bluffs, a truly beautiful parcel of the Bluegrass State. Outstanding Features: Van Hook Falls, rock slabs of Cane Creek, and other unnamed waterfalls. Park near the trailhead at the junction of KY-192 and KY-1193. The parking area is small, but not usually filled to capacity. Cross the road and hike north on Sheltowee Trace #100.

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Cathy Kimball
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Not too hard for newbies. Shady. Enjoyed the shallow creek crossings and waterfalls.

Marco Calderõn
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Jess Amburgey
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A bit dry recently- which was nice for my feet but not so much for the falls. Regardless, we enjoyed it and our dog certainly did. Took us less than 2.5 total trip and we stopped for a couple water breaks. You could totally make a day of it if you’re not strapped for time

Miranda Rose
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didnt finish it because my little pomeranian got tired but from what we seen it was gorgeous! in some spots the ground kinda sinks with you but nothing to terrifying, clean water and gorgeous views

christa sturgeon
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swapnil kand
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nice trail with pleasant water stream at the end.

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Robert Hale
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This trail was fairly easy. Beautiful scenery. There were several waterfalls along the way but what I think was supposed to be THE waterfall was rather anticlimactic. The trail was a bit tricky in a few spots but nothing too bothersome. Caution for anyone with physical disabilities. Some places the rocks and roots were tripping hazards, some slick places because of mud and one place with a few feet of rope to help you make the trail. We thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it. Just don’t expect Victoria or Niagara Falls.

Katrina Parkes
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HikingMuddy

Enchanted forest vibes! Got there at 7am and didn’t see a soul on the trail until I was almost back to the parking lot. Trail gets a little narrow and muddy towards the end but so worth it! Take some snacks and make a day out of it.

Brian Calhoun
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Lana Bodin
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Easy hike with great scenery!

John Posey
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Per previous comments, the trail head is across the street from the parking lot. This is a fun and beautiful hike easy - moderate hike. It has a lot of the attractions of a great hike, creeks, waterfalls, wildlife, changing topography, etc. Pack a lunch and take your time, it's worth it.

Tessa Powers
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HikingRocky

We completed this trail with 4 kids (12,9,9,4). It was a long one for them but they did awesome. All of the falls were beautiful. We stumbled upon to rattlesnakes on our hike sun bathing.

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Robin Clark
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. Total shade, open topography, rock walls, creeks, easy to moderate terrain, heavily trafficked but not too crowded. There are two trail heads from the parking lot. Cross the road to access Van Hook Falls trails. The trail head off of the parking lot is a different trail and not as pretty. Did not have bug issues. We did not see any snakes...hallelujah!

Kathy Robinson
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Be aware that the picture of that map that’s say “you are here” is in the parking lot near two trails. One would assume those are the trails you take. Wrong - walk across the street for the real trail. Make sure you see the sign that has the van hook falls name on it. It was very frustrating not seeing this first. After that, it was an enjoyable walk to the falls. Easy most of the way. Most difficult is the last .2 miles but not bad.

Luca Giori
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HikingMuddy

Great slightly less than 6 miles easy hike. Some spots along the way can be still muddy after few days of sun. Mostly shaded; several “creek crossings” over rocks (be careful) or bridges. Before the last bridge to the Van Hook waterfalls, you can get in the water for a refreshing break. Quite trafficked. Completed in 4 hours with 30’ break at the river. I had my dogs with me on the leash. The older (9yo) was a little tired towards the end but she made it and we had another adventure together :-)

Sherri Davis
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My kids and I hiked this trail yesterday. It is rated Moderate but I would rate it Easy. There was only a few muddy spots. There are lots of tree roots to trip over but it’s the forest! There are several waterfalls and a couple of bridges. It is a very easy trail to follow. We DID see a black bear!!!!

Lindsay Cragel
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Great hike! Lots of great views and elevation changes - highly recommend!

Allison Smith
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Gary Snook
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absolutely loved the trail, lots of beautiful scenery and waterfalls, 2 nice bridges it is muddy in some places fairly easy trail to do

Frank Nolan
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A very beautiful trail. Easy trail at the beginning beautiful small falls through out the trail. When you get closer to the main falls gets narrow and a small rock with a rope that can help you down. We went after it rain the day before very muddy. Dont get caught in the rain the trail gets extremely muddy. Overall very beautiful trail. Be a great trail to hike in the fall some truly beautiful falls. Definitely going back.

Noelle Whitehead
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HikingMuddy

Absolutely beautiful. It’s been rainy, so tons of small waterfalls in addition to the Van Hook. Somewhat muddy, but otherwise easy path. Falls are just past the two footbridges.

Amanda Lawson
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful hike - not too difficult, but not a leisurely stroll either. Loved all the water crossings and small cascade waterfalls leading to the main falls. I do recommend shoes with good traction as some parts of the trail were slippery and muddy. Highly recommend this beautiful KY trail!

Milk Legs
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Beautiful trail. Adding on the Rockcastle Narrows was a killer, but gorgeous.

Kendra Diaz
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HikingMuddy

Cross the road to enter the trail, not the trail by the parking area. Which leads nowhere!! We had so much fun crossing streams and hunting waterfalls. It isn’t a short hike but we enjoyed getting outdoors and seeing what Kentucky has to offer! Would recommend and visit again!

Robin Kujawski
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HikingMuddy

A wonderful hiking trail!! So many creek cross overs and water features. Great way to spend a day

Mickey Mink
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Absolutely worthwhile. Probably my personal favorite thus far. Lots of water points and all are very scenic. Loved the length and rewards too and from. We stopped at the first bridge and enjoyed a relaxing lunch on the rock flat. Best of both worlds, wonderful natural beauty and choosing to go weekday yielded almost no foot traffic…PERFECT!!

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Jill Maher
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Headed out with three kids under 12. Only made it the first mile, there was a creek that was not passable unless you were willing to get your shoes wet. Rather large falls 3/4 mile into the trail.. The falls were flowing heavy, just finished raining 24 hours before. The mile out and back was beautiful! Mostly level, easy for the kids.

Craig Blair
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This is one of my favorites. It's different every time you visit depending on the season and water levels but it never disappoints! The water level was such today that we got lured up a short spur trail that took us to the most beautiful little cascade!

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