Rockcastle River

London, Kentucky 40742

Rockcastle River

Rockcastle River Professional Guide

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"A beautiful hike that leads to multiple waterfalls and a river chute known as the Narrows of the Rockcastle River.

Just before it fl ows into what was once the Cumberland River and is now officially Lake Cumberland, the Rockcastle River makes a tight loop to the east. On a map it looks like a big ear. Here tall cliff s on both sides force the stream into a thin chute called the Rockcastle Narrows that is popular with kayakers. This hike takes you down to and along the Narrows before catapulting you up the steep banks at the northern tip of the ear.

But first, the hike takes you on one of the prettiest paths you will find in Kentucky—the stretch from the parking area down into the Cane Creek valley. You descend through an area full of little streams and lovely waterfalls; it’s worth a hike just by itself."

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Day & Overnight Hikes along Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace National Scenic Trail (Menasha Ridge Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"The good scenery begins before you even leave your vehicle on this hike, as you pass a pair of small arches en route to the trailhead on FS 119. Once on the trail, hikers join the Rockcastle Narrows East Loop, then the Sheltowee Trace to reach Van Hook Falls. Backtrack on the Trace from the falls and continue the loop, first atop the Cane Creek Gorge, then in it. Join the Rockcastle River where it is part of Lake Cumberland, then head upriver to where the Rockcastle flows, passing the Rockcastle Narrows, a massive jumble of boulders that constricts the river into a noisy crashing flow of whitewater. Leave the Rockcastle upstream of the Narrows and climb to a rockhouse with a waterfall of its own. A quiet ridge walk completes the loop Outstanding Features: Van Hook Falls, Rockcastle Narrows, waterfalls, and Lake Cumberland"

Rockcastle River Trip Reports

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Nice country. Poorly marked and maintained trail. Tons of ticks.
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5 Stars = Cane Creek , Cumberland River , & Rockcastle river converge along with the need to explore all makes this a great hike. The place is remote and the lure to wade fish is strong. Cumberland River looked to hold some wonderful sizeable fish. You need to camp to really enjoy everything here - the views are wonderful. Bass was seen in Cane Creek while boulder hopping. The feel to set up camp for a few days washed over me. This was what I was looking for and I will be back to camp - I promise !!

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6 hours
London Ranger District, Daniel Boone National Forest, (606) 864-4163
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