Explore the most popular trails in Kentucky with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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backpacking
10 hours ago

Gorgeous hike will plenty of ridge views and river crossings. It’s a challenging one though. Quite a few climbs and descents. It’s easy to lose the trail in a few areas. I hope to do it again when I’m in better shape. :)

Awesome change in elevation, well maintained trails. Short but strenuous

hiking
13 hours ago

Trail is well marked and the staff at the welcome center is very nice and helpful. I only completed a small loop on the south end today but, plan on coming back very soon to see the rest of the trail and connecting spurs.
Highly recommend this area for new hikers like myself.

hiking
21 hours ago

Nice and easy. Bit muddy after the rain but that’s to be expected. Lake views.

Easy trail to hike, interesting geology. Very pretty.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful hiking trail with lots of rock cliffs, waterfalls as well as different birds to watch. I recommend this trail :)

Nice trail for walking. Steep in places. Rather long and winding. Map is hard to follow.

Lovely scenery. Easy walking trail. My dog loved it.

walking
2 days ago

Great walking trail. Easy inclines, paved walkway, beautiful scenery, deer graze the grounds.

Very nice, relatively easy, quick hike that can be done in about 30 minutes. It is a relaxing hike with a wide path and cool surrounding, which include benches if you just want sit and enjoy the woods. Dog friendly (on leash) and there are places that you can take off path to get to picnic areas near the creek. I do this hike upwards of 2-3 times a week. Recommend to beginners or people that just want to be outside a little bit.

Some moderate to steep climbs. A few very muddy spots. Overall was very peaceful, with some great views of Tom Wallace Lake. Enjoyed this trail and will Hike/Run on it again.

Great trail if your just getting into hiking or you want to walk your dog. It’s beautiful.

I loved it! Went with family on this one. This was my third hike with my son. We were exhausted at the end but it was beautiful. A LOT of inclines and declines throughout. It’s tough but beautiful!

hiking
4 days ago

Great easy hike. It gets pretty steep at the end near the falls but worth it. Like other people say no cell service so look at the map before you go. Make sure you go after a good rain if not the falls maybe small.

on East and West Pinnacle

hiking
4 days ago

Went up at dark and watched the sunrise from the Eagles Nest. Absolutely amazing!

hiking
5 days ago

The hike up to the overlook is definitely worth the soreness. Breathtaking views.

5 days ago

Nice trail with a few smaller waterfalls.

Great trail, moderate skill level,bring plenty of water the inclines on a hot day will leave you parched.

Great trail for families

nature trips
5 days ago

Great variety of wildflowers

Possibly my favorite hike we did here. If you go past the arch on the left there is a place where the rock drops off and the view is spectacular! We were amazed! Watch your dogs and kids. Highly recommend this trail!!

View from the lookout is top notch for sure!

Amazing views from the edge of the mountain! The road driving up there is TERRIBLE though. Took us 20 minutes to drive the 5 miles up there but once you get there can do this hike plus Chimney Top also. Worth the trip for sure! Best part for us wasn’t the Princess Arch but the views from the hike around it. Loved it!

Absolutely breathtaking hike. The views are amazing and walking onto the sky bridge is an amazing experience. The day we went had 25-30mph gusts of wind so it was unnerving for sure. If you are afraid of heights it’s a great hike to conquer that! Highly recommend!

challenging, beautiful, peaceful

hiking
6 days ago

After my first trip here I was disappointed because it had rained a lot recently so it was very wet and I was hesitant to venture down to the creek and see the waterfalls. but after today I loved this place. Hiked along the creek starting right at the bridge and made it to the main waterfall which was unbelievable. The decline to the bottom was definitely dangerous and very steep. my dog made the trek with me and required to be picked up and helped out a few times. But the view and spectacle of the giant waterfall and hiking up to the cave was definitely worth it all.

So sad to see all the cut down trees now. You can see buildings and clearings throughout most of the trail :-(

trail running
7 days ago

It was slick on the day I went, a beautiful hike, but a bad day to run. of it is dry and you want hill repeats though this would be a great place.

Trail is shared with mountain bikers but still a great trail. Trail has a 6 mile section also. Large parking lot at the North welcome station. Welcome station has bathrooms attendants, gifts , etc.

Fairly easy hike, but perhaps one of the most beautiful hikes I've done in years. 4 waterfalls, lots of small falls and creek crossings with perfectly placed rocks as stepping stones, well maintained and easy to follow trail, beautiful turquoise water, a couple places that look like they would be great for swimming (though it was too cold still today), stunning views of the Van Hook falls with lots of climbing opportunities to get as close to the water as you want. I can't wait to go back next time I'm driving through KY!

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