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Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
770.00 ft (234.70 m)
Trail type
4.40 mi (7.08 km)
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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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Parking Pass

Not Required


Three beautiful waterfalls.


Remote trailhead.

Trailhead Elevation

1,550.00 ft (472.44 m)


Bird watching
Old-growth forest


Nearby Adventures

Central Oregon Coast, Oregon
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area


Probably not a good option if you don't have all wheel drive. If you do, it's absolutely worth the crazy gravel roads.
Great hike near the coast. I made a video showing this place:
Good roads except for a gravel section around a huge clear cut where you look down an wonder how did they do that? Lots of deep pot holes in this section but eventually leads to a narrow paved road that is in good shape. Left turn onto the gravel, right turn onto the second paved road. Google Maps did a pretty good job of getting me to the trail head. Very nice hike on a well maintained trail. Worth every bit of the drive.
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