Explore the most popular waterfall 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.

Sadly we went after it had rained so we didnt get to finish the entire trail do to flooding but what we did was beautiful. Going back to finish soon!

hiking
23 hours ago

Just done the loop portion of the trail. Falls was amazing as always! Didn’t go to arch as I have other destinations in store for the day.

hiking
2 days ago

*THIS IS AN UNMARKED UNOFFICIAL TRAIL* don’t get worried if the stream is dry as it runs under ground for a little over half the hike. Could be complicated with kids and after rainfall but this gem is worth the hassle.

Amazing view of the waterfall and the hike there was amazing too. Loved how you could go up and down the water fall as you pleased. Was a bit muddy but all in all was an amazing adventure.

hiking
7 days ago

Great time

hiking
8 days ago

I would definitely recommend skipping the loop and just going down the right side of the trail along the river and then going back the same way. The trail basically completely disappears along the top and there's tons of downed trees. If someone hadn't put some orange ties on a few trees we would have never known where to turn right to go to Eagle's Nest. The trail also kind of disappears at the bottom of the gorge near the river so if you don't come from that way it's difficult to find where to go to head back. Outside of that the trail was beautiful!

Enjoyed this hike. Lots of beauty walking along the creek, waterfalls around and fun things to look at and enjoy. Not a hard hike - a bit of a climb at times but not bad.

Dog and I did 9-10 miles on the trail plus Sheltowee 100. Yesterday was sunny, 50s and beautiful. relatively dry aside from wet mud near water sources. Trail is wonderfully maintained. Thanks to all the volunteers yesterday who were keeping it so awesome.

hiking
9 days ago

Took my dog, Lacy, hiking here. We both liked it but she wouldn’t do the stairs

Beautiful mossy rocks, beautiful color in the fall. Nice waterfall

After a rain it was very muddy, but worth it! We had to go off trail a little to get around the mud. Several creek crossings and lots of little waterfalls along the way. Even with the government shutdown, the trail was clean. I was impressed with how green everything was in January! Seemed to be more like 3 -3.5 miles in. A beautiful trail for a variety of sights and challenges.

Great outing for the family (kids ages 6 - 14). Pretty waterfall with knee deep pool for kids to play in.

walking
10 days ago

Lovely. Paved, shaded and level. This would be perfect for a nice run or have the kids out with their bikes. Trail is lined by gentle moving water with historic bridges. Absolutely beautiful. There’s a shallow cave towards the end. Really enjoyed this one.

hiking
10 days ago

A bit steep at the beginning and slippery with all the mud. Beautiful winding path. Some spots are level enough to actually run. The falls were beautiful with all the rushing water.

This is a beautiful hike! Like others, recommend going after a good rain, but be prepared for lots of mud! Lots of waterfalls to see along the trail before getting to the main one. When you get to it, there is a bench for viewing. You can go below the stairs to reach the waterfall itself and go behind it! If you get to the bench and go to the top of the stairs, it continues along a trail and to another creek crossing. At that point I stopped and turned around, cause I did not know where that trail led and I have a terrible track record of getting lost haha. I brought my dog and saw several other people with theirs also. Trail is not clearly marked, but a path is worn down. Just make sure to keep close to it, if not, follow the creek!

hiking
10 days ago

It was a fun hike and beautiful at the top! A little muddy right now, but we had a blast. When you start, there are 2 options. The left (Oscar Geralds Jr Trail) goes to the top, then you can look back down another way. It makes sense if you follow the well-marked trail. You can always check yourself in this app.

This is a good rugged hike, the first incline is a good workout. The best time to go is after a rain, it is muddy but the falls are awesome.

Beautiful area

hiking
11 days ago

Had an awesome time and got the family out of the house in the winter and was only a 30 minute drive from our house! It rained a lot the day before so the falls were flowing!

hiking
12 days ago

Good short morning or afternoon hike. Many interesting rock formations along the way with the rock bridges at the top of the list. Trail is well maintained and easy to follow. As one of the signs along the way says, it's "Fairly Flat" but there's definitely enough ups and downs to get your heart pumping. Trailhead is across the road from the welcome center (next to the "Saltpeter Cave" entrance).

Hard to get to. Easy hike.

Well marked and well maintained trail. Moderate difficulty. Lots to see. Expect it to be busy at times.

Hiked the loop. Extremely muddy at this time. Didn’t quite understand the falls portion and didn’t go to the right trail by the bridge. Will definitely come back and go see the falls next time.

Went with my nephew and we had a great time! A lot of up hill hiking. beautiful view though. I'm sure it's gorgeous in the summer and fall. I was nervous when we first pulled up because it looked like we were going to someone's house at first. Then when you reach the end of the road you can see a small little sign.

Love these hiking trails. There are many that lead to others. There is a beautiful view over the Kentucky river and there is a huge waterfall. One of my favorites and will be visiting every year

Love this hike in the summer. Lots of little waterfalls and water holes. Definitely recommend going after rain.

I live near the area so I've done this hike a few times. I usually go on a weekday and take my dog, not a lot of traffic but I'd suspect in the summer on a weekend, it could be crowded. Lots of scenery along the way, perfect for a quick hike to get out and enjoy the scenery.

hiking
14 days ago

Tallest waterfall in KY. Arch on the way you can stop and explore. Nice little hike, pretty easy.

Easy hike with a beautiful waterfall. We passed the overlook of the falls and went thru the woods to come down on the other side of the falls. Neat little "cave" area down there. Definitely worth checking out if you live near the area.

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