This past Saturday I came up with a concept for a new adventure: see how many of Kentucky’s waterfalls I could squeeze into one blitz roadtrip. I started researching some possible destinations and discovered that my home state is just full of waterfalls! I mapped out 7 waterfalls that I felt I could reasonably visit in one day. I did anticipate that I would probably have to skip one or two, however, as this trip included over 9 hours of just driving! In the end, I was able to hit up 5 of the 7 falls.
Not half bad for a single day trip!
Waterfall #1 – Anglin Falls
I woke up nice and early and got on the road by 4:30 A.M. The first destination was Anglin falls, located in Rockcastle County, near Berea, Kentucky. I had the falls mapped out on Google Maps and an atlas, but they were nonetheless difficult to find! In the end, I did find it, however, and was greeted by a pleasant hike up to the falls.
The falls themselves didn’t have a huge flow. I actually read that it isn’t uncommon for this waterfall to dry up completely if it hasn’t rained recently. They were, nonetheless, beautiful.
The first shot I took of Anglin Falls. I love the giant boulder in the foreground, though you can’t get a sense of the scale in this image!
The temperature was in the low 20s, so the rocks below the falls were encased in ice.
Before leaving for the next waterfall, I took a moment to move to the front of the falls and get one last image.
Waterfall 2 – Cumberland Falls
It might surprise you to know that, before this trip, I had never been to Cumberland Falls before. It was time to rectify that!
I drove a little over an hour from Anglin Falls and arrived at Cumberland Falls before any of the crowds got there. Unfortunately, the lower overlook of the falls was closed for repair, so I wasn’t able to get a good angle of the falls for an image.
Despite not getting an image of the falls, I found them amazing and I definitely plan to return to photograph them!
Waterfall 3 – Dog Slaughter Falls
The third waterfall of the day was Dog Slaughter Falls. Despite the morbid-sounding name (which I don’t know the origins of), the falls are incredible. In fact, Dog Slaughter Falls is one of my new favorite places!
My first shot of Dog Slaughter Falls
I really enjoyed Dog Slaughter Falls, so much so, in fact, that I spent quite a bit of time there. All that time was not in vain either, as I got one of my favorite shots to date.
Eagle Falls – Not Meant to Be
I was planning on hitting up Eagle Falls before leaving the Cumberland Falls area. I drove to the trailhead and it was absolutely packed full of cars! It just wasn’t meant to be for this trip!
Waterfall 4 – McCammon Falls
I found out about McCammon falls from Mcochis on Instagram. The falls are located in the small town of Gray Hawk, Kentucky and are on the absolute edge of Daniel Boone National Forest.
It’s an extremely short hike to the falls and they are, on their own, really cool. I definitely think they could make a good image. There were two problems, however:
- I could not find a safe way down to get a shot of the falls
- The area around the falls was full of litter. In fact, there was what I believe to be drug paraphernalia on the ground on the way to the falls!
Given these problems, I quickly decided to move on from McCammon Falls, though I may return at some point to attempt a shot of it.
Waterfall 5 – Flat Lick Falls
Not far from McCammon Falls is Flat Lick Falls. The trip out to the overlook of the falls is an extremely easy, paved walk. To actually get to the bottom of the falls takes a little more effort, but it is still a short, easy hike down. By the time I arrived at the falls the light was pretty harsh, so getting an amazing image was out of the question.
This is the best shot I could get of Flat Lick Falls given the poor lighting conditions.
This image doesn’t even begin to convey the beauty of these falls, but you better believe I will be returning to photograph them properly!
Broke Leg Falls – A.K.A. Getting Hopelessly Lost in Kentucky
The final waterfall I was planning to visit was Broke Leg Falls in Menifee County. I had them all mapped out, plugged it into Google Maps and set off. There was one small problem; the road I was supposed to take had been moved and rerouted. I ended up getting lost.
Google Maps was of no use at this point, as I didn’t have any cell reception in this area. Also, I couldn’t seem to find where I was on the atlas. By the time I got to a point where I could’ve probably found the falls, it was just getting too late in the day. I decided to save Broke Leg Falls for another day.
A Great Roadtrip!
At 566 miles driven, 8 miles hiked, 80 floors elevation gained and 5 waterfalls visited, this was a great roadtrip. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am very happy with some of the images I got! Now it’s time to quit writing about this trip and get ready for this weekend’s trip 🙂