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Kentucky Falls Hike

Siuslaw National Forest

Central Oregon Coast, Oregon

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Kentucky Falls Hike

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  • Kentucky Falls Trailhead.- Kentucky Falls Hike
  • Kentucky Falls Trail.- Kentucky Falls Hike
  • Lush coastal forest on the Kentucky Falls Trail.- Kentucky Falls Hike
  • Upper Kentucky Falls.- Kentucky Falls Hike
  • Upper Kentucky Falls.- Kentucky Falls Hike
  • Kentucky Falls Trail.- Kentucky Falls Hike
  • Lower Kentucky Falls.- Kentucky Falls Hike
  • Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis).- Kentucky Falls Hike
  • North Fork of the Smith Falls.- Kentucky Falls Hike
  • Foxglove (Digitalis).- Kentucky Falls Hike
  • Kentucky Falls Trail.- Kentucky Falls Hike
  • Lower Kentucky Falls adorned with colorful leaves.- Kentucky Falls Hike
  • Lower Kentucky Falls in autumn.- Kentucky Falls Hike
  • North Fork Smith River.- Kentucky Falls Hike
  • North Fork Falls are literally right next to Lower Kentucky Falls.- Kentucky Falls Hike
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Pros: 
Three beautiful waterfalls.
Cons: 
Remote trailhead.
Alerts: 
Note that logging operations in the area frequently affect driving routes.
Region:
Central Oregon Coast, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
770.00 ft (234.70 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.40 mi (7.08 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,550.00 ft (472.44 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Kentucky Falls Trailhead in the Siuslaw National Forest can be hard to find, but the three amazing waterfalls make it well worth the effort. Less than a half mile from the trailhead you will be rewarded with the first of the three falls, Upper Kentucky Falls. But don't stop there! Continue down another 2 miles through the old-growth forest and you will find twin 100-foot waterfalls: Lower Kentucky Falls and North Fork of the Smith Falls. At the end of the trail you'll find a viewing platform with a bench, which is a perfect spot for lunch and a photo opportunity. If you're feeling adventurous you can leave the viewing platform and head out onto the rocks to get a better view of the falls.

During the summer, keep an eye out for wildflowers and salmon berries. Because the trail is at a higher elevation in the coast range, it's a great place to escape the summer heat of the valley.

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