Kentucky Falls Trail

MODERATE 76 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 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.

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

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

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.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

This is a great hike! Starts downhill which is uncommon and preferred. Here is my video on the place:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adaWW1AgR9g

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2 months ago

I love this place! Three falls! Great decline, incline so relaxing!

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3 months 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!

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3 months 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.

4 months ago

Great trail!

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4 months ago

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4 months 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

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5 months ago

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