Yahoo Falls Trail

MODERATE 84 reviews

Yahoo Falls Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Whitley City, Kentucky that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
764 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

forest

river

views

waterfall

blowdown

muddy

rocky

hiking
19 days ago

Enjoyed that the way AllTrails had us come in not in the main parking lot. We hiked past the Arches, to the Falls and then back, without ever going to the main parking lot. However from the trailhead to the Arches the trail is has lots of low brush that rub on your legs due to low use.

hiking
21 days ago

We did the Yahoo Falls trail, which was 1.2 miles. The falls, although small at our visit, with the cave, was beautiful.

hiking
25 days ago

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2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Near the falls is fairly heavily trafficked because it is so close to the parking. The falls is nice even though when I went the water was low. But if you take the time to go to the arch you see a lot less people. The arch with the massive cliff next to it is just as impressive, if not more so, than the falls.

hiking
3 months ago

Went to the overlook then all the way to the arch. On the return we took the stairs down to the waterfall, where we were really impressed with the scale of the cavern beneath the falls. Beautiful.

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hiking
4 months ago

Loved it!! Beautiful. Will be back. Moderate with no difficulties.

hiking
4 months ago

Hidden gem that features Kentucky's tallest waterfall, giant rock shelters and a nearby natural arch. Lots of wildlife, including black bears.

The easiest option is to take the stairs down, walk through the rock shelter behind the waterfall, then take the switchbacks up to walk over the waterfall. The stairs are no joke - I wouldn't want to take them up.

At the bottom of the steps you can explore the stream and walk along the Sheltowee Trace trail for a bit, too.

It's a humble stream, but if it's rained recently the waterfall is an impressive sight. The rock shelters are also really neat.

After hiking to the top of the falls, it's worth the extra couple miles to check out Yahoo Arch and another rock shelter nearby before heading back to the parking lot.

Trail is not crowded - we saw 3 other groups in 2 hours over Memorial Day weekend. We also saw a black bear!

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Falls and scenery are beautiful! Wonderful rock formations. Took my kids, ages 5 and 8, they loved it! Will be going back!

hiking
5 months ago

Absolutely beautiful.

5 months ago

Love all the different little trails that take you to other special places. The falls were heavy from all the rain. Weather was great. Make sure to start at the picnic area. Love this trail..

5 months ago

5 months ago

fantastic waterfall after a rainy few days! you can make this as long or short as you want. very quick to get to the falls if you go straight down the stairs

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Second time in 4 days we did this trail. Went Tuesday with the oldest daughter that came in from Texas and then went with the youngest daughter attending WKU on Saturday. Both days were beautiful and we completely enjoyed the trail. The payoffs at the Yahoo Arch and Yahoo Falls are really good. Youngest daughter wore a “Fitbit” that measures steps taken, trail distance, and evolution change, etc. The trail distance going out the arch and back, down to the falls, and up the “stairs of death”, is 4.1 miles. The total number of steps/stairs from the bottom of the pool below the falls back to the top is 207!