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The Best Waterfalls in Kentucky

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With access to some of the country's best venues for rock climbing, road and mountain biking, hiking, white-water rafting, paddling, and more, Kentucky is the place to be this summer. Whether you're looking for action packed adventure or a quiet, relaxing escape into nature, there's definitely something for you here.  A perennial favorite summer activity in Kentucky is taking a hike that ends with a beautiful waterfall (where you have the option of cooling off, even if just with the mist). Whether you're in them, on them, or just admiring them, the waterfalls in Kentucky are an integral part to an enjoyable summer vacation. Come explore with us!  Book your room at any one of our welcoming Kentucky Bed and Breakfasts today.

Waterfalls in Kentucky

It's no secret that Kentucky is home to some of the best waterfalls and swimming holes in the country.  Some are easily accessible, but some are off the beaten path and require a bit of effort.  Though there are more waterfalls in Kentucky than we can name, you can't go wrong with a visit to any one of these ten great falls:

  • Cumberland Falls, without a doubt, is the most popular waterfall in the state of Kentucky. It's known as the "Niagara of the South," and is an impressive waterfall that is wider than it is tall. With 3,600 cubic feet of water flowing over the sandstone edge every second, the waterfall is astonishingly loud on approach. For a truly magical experience, visit at night during a full moon, and you'll be treated to the rare sight of a moonbow, which is formed by the mist in the air.
  • Broke Leg Falls is a stunning sight to behold, as it tumbles 60-feet along Broke Leg Creek, down in a ribbon to a grotto-like pool. This waterfall is easily accessible from the roadside via a staircase.
  • Eagle Falls is located near Cumberland Falls, and is an impressive 44 foot into an intimate rock cove. It's accessible via Trail #9 in Cumberland Falls State Park.
  • Legend says that Princess Falls is "named after Princess Cornblossom, a Cherokee Princess." To view the falls take Lick Creek Trail, where a little over 3 miles later you'll stumble upon an impressive and elegant waterfall that rightfully earns its name as Princess Falls.
  • Yahoo Falls is the tallest waterfall in the state, and is located in the Daniel Boone National forest.
  • Seventy-Six Falls, which cascades directly into Lake Cumberland, is best viewed by boat via Lake Cumberland.
  • Bad Branch Falls is a 60-foot waterfall that tumbles over sandstone cliffs at the bottom of a forested gorge in Bad Branch State Nature Preserve, which is considered one of the most beautiful natural areas in the state of Kentucky.
  • Anglin Falls, located in the John B. Stephenson Memorial Forest, is a whimsical waterfall. The serenity of the surroundings will make you believe in fairies.
  • Torrent Falls, in the popular Red River Gorge, is home to some beautiful scenery and activities, like rock climbing. The area is actually quite a favored spot of local climbers.
  • Flat Lick Falls, the center of the Legend of Gray Hawk, is a beautiful place for a picnic.
Enjoy a day in Kentucky's great outdoors, while seeking some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state.  All of this and more is at your fingertips, when you stay at any of our Kentucky Inns this summer.