Kentucky features a surprising number of waterfalls for a landlocked state. A combination of rainfall, rock formations and the Kentucky River provide us with magic. We have everything from major landmark waterfalls and treasures discovered off unofficial trails. Cumberland Falls, Eagle Falls and Yahoo Falls are all located in South Central Kentucky and feature tons of amazing hikes.
When attempting a waterfall hike, keep in mind that waterfalls will be larger after heavy rains. However, rivers and creeks will also be full! Make sure to wear waterproof clothes and shoes, and be prepared to encounter mud and maybe even cross streams.
Waterfalls at Daniel Boone National Forest
Located near Corbin, this moderately challenging trail is 5.7 miles out and back. Open March through October. Visitors note a well-maintained trail, but caution mud and multiple creek crossings. Leashed dogs are welcome. Travel along Cane Creek to view waterfalls, sandstone and rock formations.
This short, one-mile out and back hike is located near London. Trail is Unmarked in sections, and visitors note the waters may only fall in days following heavy rain. Look for ATV tracks in the beginning, and wear boots and use caution to avoid slipping!
One of the most popular trails in Red River Gorge’s Clifty Wilderness, this 1.4 mile LOOP trail is dog friendly. It’s a moderately easy hike with little elevation gain, but can be muddy in winter. Seems to be the case for most trails! The trail is named for a natural Rock Bridge Arch formation, and you’ll see more than one waterfall, too.
Waterfalls at Cumberland Falls
One of the most popular trails of Cumberland Falls State Park, this 2.4 mile out and back trail is located near Corbin. Accessible all year and also available for dogs. No dedicated parking area, so pay attention when looking for the trailhead.
Another view of Cumberland Falls and Eagle Falls featuring a 1.8 mile LOOP trail. Visitors describe multiple views Falls, and calming sounds of rapids throughout the hike. The trail is well marked and follows the Cumberland River. Dogs are not allowed!
Share Your Favorite Waterfall
Please write to me to share your favorite magical waterfall views in Kentucky. Alltrails has a filter for trails with waterfalls – if you’re feeling adventurous, do a quick search and see what intrigues you!
I’m excited to add to this list!