Cumberland Falls Trail 6

Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Distance0.4mi
Elevation Gain394ft
Trailhead Elevation1,084ft
Top1,084ft
Elevation Min/Max846/1084ft
Elevation Start/End1084/1084ft

Cumberland Falls Trail 6

Cumberland Falls Trail #6 is a hiking trail in McCreary County and Whitley County, Kentucky. It is within Daniel Boone National Forest. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 1,084 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 394 feet. This trail connects with the following: Sheltowee Trace.

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Day & Overnight Hikes along Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace National Scenic Trail (Menasha Ridge Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"On this hike, the Sheltowee Trace heads north along the mighty Cumberland River to see Kentuckys most powerful falls roar over a sandstone ledge, then meanders through a boulder garden of state-designated wild river beauty in the Cumberland River Gorge. The Trace leaves Cumberland Falls State Park to enter the Daniel Boone National Forest and reach Dog Slaughter Falls. Outstanding Features: Cumberland Falls, Cumberland River Gorge, and Dog Slaughter Falls" Read more
Day & Overnight Hikes along Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace National Scenic Trail (Menasha Ridge Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"This loop hike travels wildflower-rich bottomland along the Cumberland River, with waterfalls and rock overhangs on one side and the wide, rolling river on the other. Leave the river and travel through seldom-trod ridgelines, passing Bald Knob to gain far-reaching views before dropping back into the river gorge. Head upstream bypassing enormous boulders, big rapids, and Eagle Creek Falls, then end the loop back at the busy Cumberland Falls parking area. Outstanding Features: Wildflowers, Bald Knob fire tower, views, Eagle Creek Falls, and Cumberland Falls" Read more
Day & Overnight Hikes along Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace National Scenic Trail (Menasha Ridge Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"This end-to-end Trace backpack heads north into the Cumberland River gorge through a beautiful boulder garden protected by the waterways Kentucky wild river designation. The Trace then enters the Daniel Boone National Forest. Rockhouses galore are scattered in the valley and side streams have cut gorges worth exploring. The river slackens to flow into Lake Cumberland. The Trace subsequently leaves the Cumberland River Valley and heads east over to Laurel River Lake, a pretty impoundment with ultraclear water. Here, the well-groomed Trace curves along coves and bays of the lake through pine-oak-hickory woods on an easy grade. Outstanding Features: Cumberland Falls, Cumberland State Wild River, Dog Slaughter Falls, and Star Creek Falls" Read more

Cumberland Falls Trail #6 Reviews

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7/8/2012
This hike delivers with natural beauty and varied landscapes. Moderate is a fair overall rating, but readers should know that parts of the trail have uncertain footing, including finding your way over rocks. Additionally, if you choose to go back on the #2 trail -- the wildflower route -- be aware that you begin that return with quite a significant climb up out of the river valley. Overall, my friends and I had a terrific day out on the trails, and we especially enjoyed the variations in terrain and views. We had no idea there would be beach areas with sand only a few feet from rocky overlooks, for instance. We're all average guys, and we needed a lot of our water to get through the hike, so definitely do not undersell the amount of water you will need. The hike's rewards more than counter the challenges -- just beautiful country. I recommend this hike for anyone who's comfortable walking seven or eight miles, with periods of strenuous climbing over challenging terrain, but an overall moderate challenge because of flat sections through underbrush. Enjoy.
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3/7/2010
Rather challenging. I had 30lbs of backpack along to help me get into shape for some overnights. Scenery is beautiful. Large boulders, rock shelters and water falls. Make sure to take the hike up to Bald Knob to the firetower, you won't be sorry even though the climb will burn your thighs. I am a 53 year old beginner and I would recommend this hike to anybody.
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8/31/2007
Very scenic trail. I especially liked the rock bluffs and overhangs along with the many waterfalls. Talking to some other hikers I heard that Dog Slaughter Falls is not as nice as it used to be due to rock fall (This was my first time seeing them so I have no idea what they used to look like). My only other comment would be to protect yourself from chiggers... we got infested with them on the first night and it was not fun.
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9/8/2006
Lush, verdant trip through rock gardens while following the Cumberland River. The trail is nicely blazed and maintained throughout. Just when you beign to wonder where your buddy 'the turtle' is hiding one pops into view, although you would be hard oressed to lose your way when all you haveot do is keep the river on your left. Campsites are ample with some very nice locations near stream crossings. Most of the crossings are rock-hops, but some have bridges while a couple are boulder climbing. That is not boulder in terms of the West, but there is some use of the hands involved. Bark Camp Creek rates right up there with the best of places I have been with its cascading of small falls. I great place to break for a long lunch and journal writing and, perhaps, getting rid of a little trail dust. Beware of the mud on the rivers edge. You WILL sink to your knees about 12 feet from teh water. I got most of my water from creeks. Rock Top Arch is around the 5.1 mile mark. I have seen a lot of arches, but this is worth the price of admission. The book says 14.8, but my gps say I travelled 16.3. I have done this segment twice and may do it again in a few years. It is a very nice trek. larry
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7/22/2006
4 Stars = Cumberland Falls, Cumberland river, Dog Slaughter Falls, and overall scenic views. Loses one 1 star for starting at the visitor center - too many people! The Cumberland River is the most beautiful river I have seen in KY. Two of the best falls within a few miles of each other. How can you not enjoy a good workout while looking at these. Great place to take your girl!
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6/20/2006
Cumberland Falls Trail started on #2, not #5, and continued on trail #2. This wasn't clealy marked on the Trails.com guide. This was a moderately tough trail. I got temporarily lost on the Dog Slaughter Falls trail due to a portion of the trail being closed. Both trails were moderately difficult but the various bird songs I heard made up for the hard work.
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Trail Information

Daniel Boone National Forest
Nearby City
Daniel Boone National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Swimming, Boating, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Wildflowers, Waterfalls
Features
Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, Daniel Boone National Forest
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