Eagle Creek Falls Trail

Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky
Elevation Gain1,482ft
Trailhead Elevation852ft
Elevation Min/Max807/1104ft
Elevation Start/End852/852ft

Eagle Creek Falls Trail

Eagle Creek Falls Trail is a hiking trail in McCreary County, Kentucky. It is within Daniel Boone National Forest. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 852 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,482 feet.

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Corbin, KY
Explorer | 31 pts
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Powell, TN
Pathfinder | 62 pts
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Began the hike at 11:30am, it was 62 degrees (exceedingly warm for this area in early February) and perfectly sunny sky.

This is a short trail but it has some rapid and moderately difficult elevation changes at two points. The first is about .5 miles into the trail (about 140 steps, some of them too deep). The second is about 1.0 miles in if you take the left path where the Eagle Falls Loop begins.

Absolutely beautiful hike. There was a once-in-a-quarter-century ice storm in KY the week before. This was the first day of temperature being significantly above freezing, so there were GORGEOUS ice formations in process of melting all along the trail and hanging from the walls of the rock formations. There are two spots along the hike with spectacular views of the Cumberland Falls from the west bank of the Cumberland River.

The last .2 miles of the hike to Eagle Falls are either impassable because of high water after flooding rains OR they require delicate footwork over a debris field during low water. We climbed over the debris field (mostly downed tree trunks and loose boulders) and made it to Eagle Falls unscathed.

All-in-all a beautiful hike done in just over 2 hours round-trip at a leisurely pace. Just watch the footing on those steep inclines.
Lexington, KY
Pathfinder | 91 pts
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This trail offers the best views of Cumberland Falls.
Eagle falls is a great place for a family picnic and is quite a nice waterfall. Enjoy.

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Hiking Kentucky (Falcon Guides)
Michael H. Brown, Revised by Carrie L. Stambaugh
"This short hike gives you great cliff-side views down onto Cumberland Falls, plus a visit to beautiful Eagle Falls. This is a short hike, but beware: It’s not an easy one. It has more ups and downs per mile than most walks. It also has more scenic rewards. Hundreds of years ago, according to a history of the area by Jeannie McConnell, Eagle Falls was sacred to the Native Americans, and it’s easy to see why. Though just a thin ribbon of water, Eagle Creek plunges an impressive 44 feet onto the rocky Cumberland River shoreline, creating a scene that is Mother Nature at her most pleasing."

Trail Information

Daniel Boone National Forest
Nearby City
Daniel Boone National Forest
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, (606) 528-4121 or (800) 325-0063
Local Contacts
USGS Cumberland Falls
Local Maps