Kentucky Falls Trail

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Kentucky Falls Trail is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Reedsport, OR that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.3 miles 892 feet Out & Back
dog friendly kid friendly camping hiking nature trips walking views waterfall wild flowers
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Denzell Gallegos
1 hour ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

A++ hike, but the drive is rough!

Nate Sullivan
12 days ago

6 Completed2 Reviews

I grew up in Eugene, OR, and this is one of my favorite hikes in the whole state. It's challenging enough to be a good workout, and the waterfalls (three of them) are absolutely incredible. I recommend going in summer when the water levels are lower, you can scramble on some of the boulders and get much closer to the falls, and you don't mind if you get wet.

Gerard Bonfils
24 days ago

64 Completed45 Reviews

If the trail and the falls were much closer to "civilization", it would take a parking lot with a few hundred spaces to accommodate cars and buses for visitors. The relative short length of the hike (4+ miles round trip, with Upper Falls only 3/4 miles from the parking lot), the beauty of the 3 falls, the well maintained, well graded and shaded trail can easily make this hike a favorite for many.

I enjoyed the trail even more BECAUSE of its remoteness. Coming from Eugene on 126 and via Dunn Ridge Road (in low clouds), the drive to the site feelsf like an adventure. I had read other hikers' reviews and came prepared with GPS directions that eventually guided me right to the parking lot. Without electronic assistance, or a very good (i.e. accurate) map, it would be very easy to take a couple wrong turns and loose quite a bit of time. There was only one 3.8 miles unpaved section: when Dunn Ridge Road "Italics T-bones" into BLM Road 919 (Knowles Creek Road). This section is one lane, with trees/bushes brushing the car on both sides, and a few muddy spots and runoff gullies. Not terrible but easier to manage with a higher riding vehicle (and not a new one...unless you don't care about scratches here and there).

The profile of the trail itself is inverted: go down and down and down... and then climb up on the way back. However, as mentioned above, this is a well cut / well graded trail and suitable for all ages and (almost) any physical shape that can sustain a 4+ mile hike. The steepest slopes are negotiated via small series of switch-backs (3 short ones for Upper Falls -- 4 medium ones for Lower Falls) that make these sections feel just as manageable as those on flatter terrain.

The falls are no Iguazu, Victoria or NIagara for sure, but they have (in the eyes of the beholder) a serene and regal beauty enhanced by the sparse traffic There are a handful of spots on the way down to rest/snack if needed (large stumps can be used as benches); the foot of the falls does not offer a whole lot of space to "spread out" but enough to accommodate the moderate crowds.

A few hundred feet before reaching the lower falls, the North Fork (Smith Falls) Trail branches to the left in a tight hairpin. According to the sign on a tree, the North Fork Trail-head is 6.5 miles from this spot. When I have more time of my hands, and when I am in need of a more vigorous / sustained workout, i may try that different route to the falls (likely even less traveled than the one described here).

Amie Pierce
25 days ago

12 Completed0 Reviews

Three waterfalls in one hike!! At the end of the hike was the best. I can't wait to go back in warmer weather to play in the creek.

Erin Olson
1 month ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

The trail is great, the drive to the trail... Terrifying!

Erin Olson
1 month ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Mitch Stephens
2 months ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

It is really a gorgeous place, once you find it! Most directions on the Internet are not very good, drove around poorly marked BLM roads for 2hrs before finally finding it. The results were breathtaking and the experience of getting lost and found were well worth any trouble of finding it though! Went close to 20 miles round trip hiking all the trails!

Leif Wisdahl
3 months ago

82 Completed25 Reviews

3 Gorgeous waterfalls. Also several small waterfalls spilling out by the road on the drive to it. The drive to it is pretty with some overlooks of the coastal range but some of the roads are not in good shape at all. Great hike.

Theresa Renee
3 months ago

60 Completed2 Reviews

Beautiful hike on a wintery day. Ride in a little bumpy, but very doable with the right vehicle. NO ice, snow, or rain on the trail.

Bryce Wilkinson
9 months ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

Kentucky falls was a bit confusing trying to find. I almost turned back a few times. It is really in the middle of nowhere... But so worth the trouble.
the hike is to the falls is all decent. (makes for awesome trail running)
the falls are epic and loud, the trail continues on for a ways past the falls and keeps descending.
It looks like there are a couple spots to camp off the trail.
Very enjoyable and scenic. I highly recommend it.

Scott HIrschhorn
10 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Nice hike with two great falls. Do not forget bug spray!

Crystal Rummer
1 year ago

33 Completed15 Reviews

Great hike even though it was raining, will be going back when it's sunny! Even with the rain the trail was good.

Ashley Campbell
1 year ago

11 Completed4 Reviews

The entire drive to the trail we thought we were going the wrong way since it was all gravel road and poorly marked. The drive itself was spectacular though, so there isn't too much of a complaint. The location also helps keep crowding down. The hike itself is very nice, the switch backs made the area seem less steep than it actually was and I didn't need to stop at all to catch my breath. The falls themselves are wonderful, I had only been expecting one but you see a total of about 3 along the way. Great, great, great, will do again.

Jillian Z.
1 year ago

Trail is beautiful, very well kept. Steep on the return. I would suggest the Reedsport route, we initially came from Eugene off of 126 and the gravel road to get there was a bit rough in places.

Liz Simpson
1 year ago

13 Completed11 Reviews

It was an adventure getting to the trailhead, but once there....it was amazing!!

Jo Detraz
1 year ago

5 Completed2 Reviews

There are 3 Falls on this 4.5 mile Out and Back trail. All the falls are beautiful. The overall elevation gain is 800 feet, so you definitely get a workout coming back to the parking lot. The only downside to this hike is getting to the trailhead. I came from Eugene and once you turn off Dunn Ridge Rd, you have to drive on an unpaved/gravel road for about 3.5 miles before you get on 919, which is paved.

Tom L.
1 year ago

Robert Smith
2 years ago

40 Completed5 Reviews

Great start to the New Year with this hike. Being new to the area it is exciting to go out and explore the different areas. Getting here is the bigger challenge than the hike for sure. Makes for an interesting day though. Trail was in great shape. No one was around when I arrived. Hiked to the falls and continued for another couple of miles just to check things out. Beautiful place to explore.

David Snyder
3 years ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

My girlfriend and I currently live 500 miles apart. Myself in NorCal, she is in South Puget Sound. For the last few months we have been meeting in the middle in Florence. We found this trail on another website, decided to give it a try. The drive out to the trailhead takes a little bit of effort, but once you get started almost immediately you are rewarded with the beautiful Upper Kentucky falls. As you keep going you eventually come to the confluence of Kentucky Creek and Smith River, and boy what a sight. This is one of the more amazing waterfalls I have seen in the Northwest. The trail is not very difficult. A few switchbacks here and there but relatively gentle ups and downs.

Zac Stephens
3 years ago

4 Completed3 Reviews

Probably my family's favorite. It's true, it is a bit of an adventure getting there, but one with great views and interesting drive if coming from 126 and heading south. The hike is long enough to be challenging for the kids, but not too steep (mostly) and the falls are some of the best to see in person. Also, less crowded than many other waterfall hikes close by. All around great!