Railroad Fork to Cumberland Falls End-to-End

Burnside, Kentucky 42519

Railroad Fork to Cumberland Falls End-to-End

Railroad Fork to Cumberland Falls End-to-End Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"On this backpack, the Trace descends into the world of verdant forests, massive boulders, and rock formations that is the Indian Creek watershed. The streams here——Railroad Fork, Barren Fork, and Indian Creek——all offer clear waters and lush streamside vegetation. The Trace makes a final push for the Cumberland River via some road walking then enters the gorge of this big river. Here, huge flat rock slabs offer sweeping vistas of the mighty Cumberland.

Rockhouses are very abundant along the river valley. The final section, protected state land, is particularly wild in appearance, with hemlock trees and mossy boulders forming fairyland-like scenes. Elevation changes are minimal in this section, though the going is slow in places due to a rocky trailbed. Outstanding Features: Clear streams, river vistas, and mining history"

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
10.5 hours
Year-round; best spring through fall
1,300 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,300 feet
Top Elevation
Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, Daniel Boone National Forest
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