Hidden Waterfalls

What is it about a waterfall that attracts us? Do we see power in the water as it falls? Could it be the freedom we sense, as each drop breaks away?


Cumberland Falls

Known as the "Niagara of the South," the 125-foot wide curtain of water is dramatic day or night. But it's only at night during a full moon that you can see the moonbow, a phenomenon not found anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere. Located in Cumberland Falls State Park on KY Hwy. 90. Visit parks.ky.gov for more information.

Yahoo Falls

At 113 feet, Yahoo Falls is designated as Kentucky’s tallest waterfall. A site to behold year round, but especially in spring when cool water flows fast over the falls and spring flowers are in full bloom. Yahoo Falls is part of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area with trailhead to the falls located off west KY Hwy 700 4 miles outside Whitley City. Visit www.nps.gov/biso for more information.

Princess Falls

Princess Falls is the first of two waterfalls one will view when trekking up the Lick Creek Valley from the Big South Fork basin. Princess Falls, a “very wide Niagra-like falls,” is just over a mile from the trailhead in the Yamacraw Day Use Area of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Located east of Yamacraw bridge on west KY Hwy 92.

Lick Creek Falls

Lick Creek Falls is the second waterfall one will come to when leaving Yamacraw on foot along the Lick Creek Trail. Lick Creek Falls is deeper into the forest along the creek basin than Princess Falls and is a more slender cascade over a rock outcropping in Lick Creek. Lick Creek Falls is part of the Daniel Boone National Forest located on its border with the Big South Fork. One can also access this trail from Ranger Station Road off KY Hwy 1651 just south of Whitley City.

Eagle Falls

The Eagle Falls trail is a breathtaking trek 1.5 miles along the Cumberland River that follows cliffline for much of the trail and offers the best view of Cumberland Falls. Eagle Falls itself drops approximately 40 feet from a overhang of Eagle Creek before further descent along loose boulders into the river below Cumberland Falls. Located in McCreary County just off KY Hwy 90 prior to entering Cumberland Falls State Park. Visit parks.ky.gov for more information.

Big Spring Falls

Big Spring Falls is located outside the blue Heron Mining Community within the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. The trail to the begins on the west side of the Blue Heron tipple bridge and follows and old tram road 3.5 miles to Big Spring Falls. Catawba Overlook and Dick’s Gap Falls can also be viewed along this trail. Follow KY Hwy 742 from Stearns to Blue Heron to access this trail. Visit www.nps.gov/biso for more information.

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