Kentucky is a state that’s just teeming with natural beauty. Among the many impressive natural wonders the state has to offer are a plethora of waterfalls. There are truly too many waterfalls to even mention here, so to keep things simple here is my list of 5 must-see waterfalls in the state of Kentucky.
1) Cumberland Falls
This is, without a doubt, the most famous (and arguably most impressive) waterfall in the state. In fact, it’s sometimes referred to as the little Niagra of the south. Cumberland Falls is located along the Cumberland River in Cumberland Falls State Park in Corbin, Kentucky. It’s an extremely short and easy walk to the falls from the parking area. It’s also worth noting that this will definitely be the busiest falls on this list.
2) Dog Slaughter Falls
Don’t let the morbid sounding name scare you away! Dog Slaughter Falls is one of my personal favorite locations in Kentucky. This impressive waterfall takes a lot more work to get to than Cumberland Falls, but it’s well worth the effort! Dog Slaughter Falls is located along Dog Slaughter Creek in The Daniel Boone National Forest. It can be accessed from a trail within The Cumberland Falls state park, but I prefer to use the DBNF trail (Dog Slaughter Falls Trail #414). The start of this trial is found off of Forest Service Road 195, which is a little gravel road about 0.8 miles up from the junction with U.S. 90. The trailhead is a bit hard to see, so you’ll have to keep your eyes out for it. The trek to the falls is 1 mile when taking this route (2 mile round-trip).
3) Creation Falls
This is an easy trek in the Clifty Wilderness, located in the Red River Gorge National Geological Area. Simply head a short distance down the Rock Bridge trail (FS# 207) and you will reach this impressive little water fall. I’ll also mention that this area of The Gorge is a great place for a longer hike and even a backpacking loop.
4) Copperas Falls
This is another waterfall located in Red River Gorge. Unlike Creation Falls, however, this is an unofficial hike. The trail out to the falls is easy enough to follow, but you should still only attempt this one if you’re comfortable with the idea of doing off-trail navigation. I’m not going to give detailed directions to the falls here, so this one is for the more adventurous among us.
5) Flat Lick Falls
This brings us to waterfall number 5 in this list of must see waterfalls in Kentucky. Flat Lick Falls is located in the Flat Lick Recreation area in Gray Hawk, Kentucky. The hike to the overlook of the falls is an extremely easy, paved walk. To get to the bottom of the falls you will have to go a bit further down the unpaved trail, but it’s still an extremely easy hike and is well worth checking out!
Bonus: Yahoo Falls
Ok, so I can’t make a list of must see Kentucky waterfalls without including the tallest one in the state can I. Yahoo falls is located within the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Whitley City, Kentucky and it has to reputation of being the tallest waterfall in the state. It’s a pretty short, easy hike to get to the falls and I thinks it’s certainly well worth checking out! I believe the only reason it doesn’t rank higher on my list is simply because the falls have never had all that impressive of a flow during the times I’ve been there. I guess I’ll have to make a trip out after a good, heavy rain!
Your Favorite Kentucky Waterfalls?
So that’s my list of 5 (plus 1) must see waterfalls in Kentucky, but there are literally hundreds of waterfalls in this fine state. Way too many to mention here! So I want to know, what are your favorite Kentucky waterfalls? Let me know in the comments below. Or hit me up on Twitter: @Serialphotog.