Kentucky Falls Trail

MODERATE 69 reviews
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Kentucky Falls Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mapleton, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
990 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

snow

A moderate hike to three waterfalls and a fun swimming hole. The hike starts at the top of the hills and heads downhill, which means you must hike back uphill for the second half of the hike. As you hike down you will pass by Upper Kentucky Falls then down to the twin falls of Lower Kentucky Falls and North Fork Falls, where there is a nice wooden viewpoint. If you continue down the trail along the North Fork of the Smith River you can find a nice swimming hole.

hiking
3 days ago

12 days ago

Amazing hike!! The drive was long and I would recommend going through Mapleton.. the map took me through a logging trail and it was overgrown and scratched my car a bit. But overall, extremely beautiful!

hiking
12 days ago

19 days ago

It was an amazing trail. It is the classic forest trail with beautiful waterfalls as the prize. The trail is generally in excellent condition but the hike back out has some steep switchbacks.

28 days ago

Great trail!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

I got there around noon. There was a couple there but other than that I saw no one else on my way into the falls. I was back around 3 and there was a few other groups starting to pile in. Seemed like it was a popular afternoon destination. I went on a Monday so a weekend trip might be pretty busy.

The trail was fairly easy. Going in was basically all downhill, but it meant the way out was a bit of a sweat. The scenery is a beautiful, lush green common to the PNW.

The first falls are about a mile in, and behind some dense rocks and logs. You can climb to the base with some careful footwork.

The real jewel are the twin falls at the end of the trail. They are two large falls right next to each other that converge into a single stream. Absolutely stunning, and plenty of rocks to sit and have lunch. Similarly, you can approach the base by climbing over some boulders and river rocks.

It's a bit of a ways out there, but definitely a must see

1 month ago

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hiking
2 months ago

Fabulous place...a bit hard to get to, but worth it.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike! The lower Falls were amazing with the two coming together.

3 months ago

4 months ago

Beautiful hike, but tougher than some of the other waterfall trails. One not worth missing.

hiking
4 months ago

The road there is definitely has overgrown vegetation that scrapes up against your vehicle so take a vehicle you wouldn't mind branches and trees scraping up against and smaller cars might have tougher time. The hike itself was beautiful and the waterfalls were lush and flowing hard.

hiking
4 months ago

Really cool to see two waterfalls next to each other. Google took us on an off road that was impossible to get through and had to turn around. Took an hour detour to finally get back to the proper road. So be careful and double check your gps. If you are going off road into dirt and rocky paths I would turn around immediately. Storms and overgrown vegetation makes it difficult. Very cool hike otherwise (;

6 months ago

Long drive but definitely worth it!

7 months ago

One of my new favorites!! Kind of a ways out there and you have to take several old logging roads, but it's absolutely worth it! Three beautiful waterfalls on this trail! At the end, you'll have to do some rock scrambling to get down to get a good view of North Fork Falls.

9 months ago