Looking for a great trail near Parkers Lake, Kentucky? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, walking trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Parkers Lake ranging from 1 to 6.7 miles and from 839 to 1,305 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Me my wife and 7 year old recently hiked this trail. It wasn't very demanding and I weigh around 340 pounds. Beautiful water falls along the trail. Be a bit careful if you go in the winter as there are a ton of huge pieces of ice hanging above you in some places of the trail. All in all a great hike, would definitely recommend it.

Trail was in great shape. Had a 60 degree day in February and had to go check it out.

The overlook is nice.

hiking
30 days ago

Nice scenic trail that was difficult in spots, especially with the thin layer of ice over everything. Beautiful views and trail was very well maintained.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a pretty cool trail! We visited in January where there was quite a bit of ice near the falls. The water level was too high to see Eagle Falls. The trail and elevation gains were great! There is a scenic overview that has a trail to take you to Six Gun City. It’s an abandoned Wild West town at the top of a hill. I would definitely recommend taking the short trail over to see it!

camping
1 month ago

Hi, could anyone be able to tell me if there is dispersed camping sites on the bark camp creek along the forrest road 193 within 2 miles of the trailhead also is there good fishing in the area thanks, Doug

on Bark Camp Trail

hiking
1 month ago

First off this trail was above awesome! We found a camera mount base piece on the way back and left it on the trail sign post at trailhead. My wife and I stopped at the TH per AllTrails app directions and at first thought it was not there…. Trust me it is where the All Trails app says it is. The TH sign is in need of repair (it needs a sign on the post!!!) but the TH is on the N side of the road and culvert with a yellow trout fishing sign posted to it. We hiked beyond the turnaround point at the fairly new wooden bridge and we hiked 7.8 miles round trip. Now we do wander and explore quite a bit on a trail! From where we actually turned back (at the mouth of Bark Camp Creek and the Cumberland) it was 3.4 miles, no detours. It took us about 6 hours, but we took our time and lots of pictures, you will too!! The trail is pretty easy for us, but we hike a lot, mostly in hilly terrain. This trail is jammed full of picturesque sights from waterfalls right off the start to amazing rock formations and rock shelters. It links up with the Sheltowee Trail at a fairly new wooden bridge at about 3 mile mark. You will cheat yourself if you don’t continue on to the massive cascading waterfalls within a few hundred yards of the mouth of this creek. Along the way there are at least two significant water falls coming off bluffs that you can walk behind!!The trail was a little tricky on the start with ice since it was about 28 degrees, but this allowed several pictures of ice formations. Parts of the trail were a little squishy once the ice thawed and the springs opened up. The hills we climbed were not that steep and quit short in climbing, remember you are following a creek to its mouth. There were two camp sites and a huge swimming hole along the trail. We only saw three other hikers today, but it was 28 degrees and on a Friday morning. Even if you hike in warmer weather you will remain cool with the thick canopy along the trail. It had not experienced a significant rain in over a week.
We are definitely returning with our daughter ASAP and plan on camping next time. Nearby are Van Hook falls trail if you want to hike another short trail while here. You will have no cell reception here, so let someone know what your plans are and have a great hike….This is one of our favorite trails in KY thus far…..Not too long. Not too much elevation change and full of OH WOW sights….

hiking
1 month ago

Did this Sunday after it rained on Friday. Every waterfall was running great, the Cascades was running so fast the roar was almost deafening! Excellent time! It was very muddy, I recommend trek poles when this wet. Got tricky in a few spots, just take your time and it's all good. There is a pine tree down across the trail at one point. You can walk up and around it with no problem. For being January everything was so green and made it feel like early spring, kinda felt like I was in Wonderland, lol.

I started out early, hit the trail about 9:30am. Ran into a couple of guys on their way out that had camped over nite. Didn't run into anyone else until I was headed back out around 12:30 and it was getting busy, passed 7 more groups on way out.

Highly recommend this trial. I clocked the trail at 5.5 miles round-trip, but I did add some from the Cascades up the flood route to see if you could look down at the Cascades, no you can't see them.

Really easy trail. The overlook is beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

we did this hike about 3 years ago. So many nice side trails and lots of water features, cascades and waterfalls.

hiking
1 month ago

Started at the Spillway to add some mileage to the hike. Ended up doing a little over 13 miles. Cascades are beautiful. We spent a lot of time walking around and climbing the cascades. This was my first longer hike and at the time, didn't have hiking boots. Wore brooks running shoes, and the trail was pretty rocky, meaning sore feet! I'd suggest hiking boots!!

Great place to see fall colors. We did the longer hike, around 6 miles. Some uphill areas but all in all, a fairly easy hike. The arch is beautiful, really wish I'd attempted to climb to the top but wasn't sure if that was possible.

Make sure you go the extra distance... one may be tempted to stop early but with a little climbing/extra footwork you can get at a safe but very close
point. Just beautiful and breathtaking. My adventure loving kid got a kick out of it- we liked this fall better then Cumberland Falls!

hiking
1 month ago

I prefer these falls to the Cumberland Falls. We hiked it clockwise to save the falls for the end. There are a couple of smaller waterfalls you'll come it first. I bet lots of people go to the park, only see Cumberland Falls and miss this beautiful falls.

hiking
2 months ago

Did the Natural Arch trail only and then went to the Panoramic Tail and did it both great and well worth the effort, amazing views.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with many photo opportunities and like the last review seemed longer than it was marked, possibly because of so many places to explore

Not a bad hike for me (I ran Yamacraw the day before), difficult for others. Some good elevation changes with some stairs too. Getting to Eagle falls is worth it. It pools clear green below the tall falls before entering the Cumberland river.

Great views

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this trail. It was a bit longer than expected (we clocked 6.6 miles with a few side stops). Had trouble finding the trailhead but the map.me app helped. Great hike with lots of gorgeous views, it kept getting better all the way to the end.

Loved it. Will be going back.

hiking
4 months ago

Its a choose your own adventure hike. The Natural Arch trail loop is only a bit over a mile but if you are looking to enjoy the longer hike take the bear canyon trail loop. The split is obvious and there are some great shots to see in addition to the Arch. It's trailhead is also a campground which is a plus. enjoy!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike! Trail was easy to find. First gravel road on the left just past the turn off the the laurel lake spill way. Go about 2 miles down the gravel road. You will see a small parking area to the right inside a curve. Trail starts along the creek. We hike 3 miles in just past the newly built bridge across the creek down the a cascading waterfall in the creek. Will definitely be going back to this trail.

Great trail that everyone in Kentucky should go to

hiking
4 months ago

Such a gorgeous trail! You can skip the loop and go straight to the falls without doing the whole loop. Took 4 kids and the water under the Falls was perfect for swimming. Deep and refreshing on a 86 degree October day! The area around the falls was fun to relax and explore. We scaled the giant rocks and explored by the river. Tricky getting back up but worth it. A fairly easy trail but lots of steps. Uneven footing and steep drop offs so maybe not great with little children. Gorgeous view of Cumberland falls.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful views but the trail is rough!

We did the full 6+ mile loop. The trail is great and we'll maintained. Be prepared to wade through at least one creek. There was only one spot that was a little confusing but if you look closely you can tell which path is more well traveled.
As a side note after hiking some other local trails I'd rate this as more of a Moderate difficulty as there is some good climbs towards the end if you're going clockwise around the trail.

Beautiful!

hiking
5 months ago

The view is amazing on this trail!

hiking
5 months ago

Love this hike but not a,easy hike ticks steps and climbing was great ..

hiking
5 months ago

Great day out with just the wife. :) moderate hike. Hot day. Great overlook. A bit crowded at final fall today though. No complaints.

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