Waterfalls have inspired man since the dawn of time. Today, the mystic beauty remains and draws people worldwide to the mist of their spray. Here are a few of the spectacular waterfalls you’ll find in your Kentucky back yard. Some are seasonal, running fuller during the rainy season, and some run year-round.
Anglin Falls: If you’re looking for a
hollow with wildflowers growing everywhere on your way to a spectacular falls at the top of a canyon, look no farther. One of the best-kept secrets on the waterfall tour, Anglin Falls in Rockcastle County is in the John B. Stephenson Memorial Forest, located between Berea and Renfro Valley. During late summer, it may not be running. Take Highway 25 to Route 1617, turn right on Route 1787; turn left at Himanns Fork Road; go 1 mile to Anglin Falls Road. The sign to the falls is at the bottom of a mailbox. Turn left into the parking lot. Trail is moderate.
Broke Leg Falls: For those looking for a cascading effect while finding a massive drop to a lower gorge area, try Broke Leg Falls in Menifee County. The upper part of the falls goes cascading back and forth, hence the name. Kids of all ages will love walking under the falls area. It is located just outside Wellington on State Route 460 near the Morgan County line. Ample parking; trail is easy.
Seventy-Six Falls: This waterfall is one of the most visited places on Lake Cumberland for houseboaters. Seventy-Six Falls can (and must) be viewed by land for now until Lake Cumberland is back to full capacity. The beautiful picnic area at the top of the falls is a perfect spot for gatherings of any kind, including weddings. It is located in Clinton County, between the towns of Burkesville and Monticello on Highway 90; turn north onto Seventy-Six Falls Road; travel 3 miles to the Seventy-Six Falls Park. Trail is easy.
Cumberland Falls: The granddaddy of them all at 86 feet high and 125 feet wide, this mist-sprayer sees thousands of admirers each year. During the full moon, make plans for a night visit to see the only moonbow in the Western Hemisphere. Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is located in Whitley County. From the town of Corbin, travel Highway 25 West, then turn right onto Highway 90 and follow the cars. Trail is easy.
Honeymoon Falls: Adventurers will find two waterfalls for the price of one here. During the rainy season it is spectacular with the green moss, although it may not be running during the hot of summer. To locate Honeymoon Falls, hike a short distance behind the Herndon J. Evans Lodge at Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Bell County. Trail is easy.
Dog Slaughter Falls: To reach Dog Slaughter Falls, hike 1 mile into deep, lush rhododendron. You trout anglers will want to bring your rod and reel as the stream is stocked annually with the rainbow species. From the town of Corbin, travel Highway 25 West, then turn right onto Highway 90. After you pass Sheltowee Outfitters, take the next right onto Forest Road 195. Go 2.7 miles and the trailhead is on the left. Park, walk across the footbridge, turn right. The trail is 1 mile down Dog Slaughter Creek in Whitley County. Trail is moderate.
Eagle Falls: While visiting Cumberland Falls, the hiking enthusiast will want to experience the other side of its majestic beauty with a rugged hike to Eagle Falls, located in McCreary County. Cliffside vistas with overlooks of Cumberland Falls await your adventure to Eagle Falls. Its deep, clear water pool below will have you considering dipping your toes. From the Cumberland Falls parking lot turn right and continue onto Highway 90. Go across the bridge and pull into the parking area on the right side of the road. Trail is difficult.
Yahoo Falls: Located in McCreary County, in the Big South Fork area of Lake Cumberland, Yahoo Falls is one of Kentucky’s tallest waterfalls, standing at 113 feet. This waterfall does not disappoint, especially if visiting during the rainy seasons. From the town of Whitley City, travel west on Highway 700 to the Yahoo Falls parking area. Trail is easy/moderate.