Van Hook Falls and Cane Creek Valley

MODERATE 75 reviews

Van Hook Falls and Cane Creek Valley is a 4.8 mile moderately 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.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
469 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

Varied terrain with lots of pretty views. The falls were beautiful but my favorite part was crossing Cane Creek. The trail was covered with water or leaves in a couple spots because of the season but it was well maintained and easy to follow. Definitely more markers on the way back out than the hike in.

this was a great trail! had plenty to keep the kids engaged.

amazing, beautiful trail and waterfall!

hiking
1 month ago

The end result was worth the 2.5 mile hike.

1 month ago

Really nice hike! It can get a little muddy in some places. There is several places to stop and enjoy the stream.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This was a great hike with lots of scenery worth a camera shot. My wife and I are in pretty good shape so the hike was moderate at best. We hiked a total of 7.62 miles in total time of 4.41 hours.... but we stopped every time there was a photo op... which was quite a lot. We have never scene so many different colors and varieties of fungus (mushrooms) and we passed over 6 good size waterfalls before we arrived at the gem, Van Hook Falls. The trip back on took 2.4 miles. The trail itself is pretty worn and easy to follow. A group we met coming back told us to make sure we took the trail to the right at the T, they did not and did not make it to the falls... The T they are talking about has arrows pointing you to the right so??????? Follow the arrows.. We crossed 12 creeks and two bridges before we got to the falls. None of these creeks were very hard to cross or deep and 3 or 4 of them had rock bridges across them. The trail gets quite closed in toward the end, but at the falls there is actually a fairly new set of steps and a bench to ponder on. We went on down to hike behind the falls and had a long lunch behind them. Ths is a must do for anyone wishing to capture pictures of waterfalls. The water level and flow rate was nearly perfect. I checked the Rockcastel River gauge on the USGS sight and it was 5.5' and running 950 cfs. It would be a shame to hike this trail only find a dry falls. You will encounter a pretty set of waterfalls at about 0.8 miles of the start of the trip. That is a good gauge whether Van Hook is running. We started at the TH located at the intersection of West Laurel Rd and London Dock Rd.. Not to bad a trail and well worth the hike. Looking forward to hiking it again once all the leaves have dropped. This trail is a small part of the Sheltowee Trace Trail.

backpacking
4 months ago

Check the precipation history before you do this hike. I went six days before and the falls were barely dripping; today it was roaring. Also, there are a couple others falls on the way and another farther up on the East Narrows Trail.

I did the extended loop, which runs East to the Narrows and started above Vanhook falls. I do not recommend this loop unless you are determined. Trees were down everywhere and the narrows, while roaring, pretty much couldn't be seen for the most part. I did get one good Vista tho and the waterfall was pretty awesome. Also the small campsite by the narrows was littered, the worst I've seen on a trail this year. However, the East Narrows Trail was clearly marked with white diamonds and with the signage was where it needed to be, with the exception of the winding ridge side trail, it was marked with blue tape.I only got turned around once. It's 11 to 13 miles so if you decide to do the loop, give yourself the necessary time.

hiking
4 months ago

Went hiking today, it's a VERY decent trail. I believe it's longer than 2 1/2 miles. The falls were dry and there wasn't any water whatsoever. It was a great hike otherwise!!

hiking
4 months ago

5 months ago

long hard trial. small waterfall. don't come unless you want to hike forever

hiking
5 months ago

Really nice trail. Training myself to take on the entire Shelltowee Trace this fall.

5 months ago

Very nice hike but waterfall dry also hike to yahoo falls earlier the same day but no water flowing.

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

6 months ago

Loved this trail! But most of all I really enjoyed the Falls. One even though it was breathtaking cold, loved playing around in it with the kids.

6 months ago

Easy trail with several waterfalls along the route. You have not made it to Van Hook Falls until you pass 2 bridges and a bench.