Lick Creek

Whitley City, Kentucky 42653

Lick Creek

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A striking waterfall awaits at the end of this picturesque hike along a Big South Fork tributary. Lick Creek, a tributary of Big South Fork, is a picturesque stream lined with interesting rock formations and full of pleasant pools. This hike descends into the Lick Creek valley, follows the stream a short distance, and then climbs along a feeder stream to a beautiful waterfall named for the creek.

Most of the hike is on Lick Creek Trail (631), which starts in a residential area not far from the center of Whitley City. From FR 622, the trail initially follows a dirt road. Heading south at first but turning to the northwest, the road crosses a flat ridgetop that was replanted following the southern pine beetle epidemic, and the trees are still relatively small. After the first half mile, however, the forest becomes more substantial, and there are limited views to the east."

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Whitley City
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Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
Stearns Ranger District, Daniel Boone National Forest, (606) 376-5323
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USGS Whitley City, Barthell
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