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Kentucky Falls

One of 7 Waterfall Wonders in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Region

Kentucky Falls Trail #1376 is located near Mapleton on Hwy 126 inland of the Oregon Coast. 

  • Kentucky Falls is all about adventure and accomplishment!
  • The trail is 4.4 mile (7.0811 km) hike out and back, with a steep climb on the return. 
  • There is an upper and a lower Kentucky Falls viewpoint. From the lower falls observation deck witness spectacular twin falls dropping 100 feet (30.480 m). The twin is called North Fork Falls.
  • Expect the unexpected on this lightly traveled trail. From downed trees, mudslides and lack of consistent trail maintenance, it's a walk on the wild-side. The reward is amazing beauty and few people.
  • Along the hike watch for wildflowers in spring and brilliant foliage in the fall. 

"Finding this remote waterfall feels like a triumph. The road to Kentucky Falls twists and turns. Make sure to get good directions and follow the map closely. The hike two miles down and then two miles back up is an exhilarating workout." - Samara Phelps, Adventure Center Director

"While the drive isn't for the faint of heart, the Kentucky Falls Trail is worth every bit of the white-knuckle madness. Print up directions from the National Forest website because cell phone service in the area is extremely spotty." - Molly Blancett, Social Media Manager (Read her blog post)

Know Before You Go 

Fun Nearby Activities

Directions: Confirm directions with Forest Service before departing due to possible road closures and/or detours. At the Whittaker Creek Recreation Area between mileposts 26 & 27 off Hwy 126, (east of Mapleton) drive south onto Siuslaw River Rd (Forest Service Road 4390). After 1.6 miles (2.57 km) turn right at the Whittaker Creek sign and cross the bridge. Follow the road for 1.5 miles (2.4 km), then turn left uphill onto Dunn Ridge Road. Continue for 7 miles (11.26 km) to a T-shaped junction at the end of the pavement. Turn left on Knowles Creek Road and continue for 2.7 miles (4.34 km). Turn right onto Forest Service Road #23. After 1.6 miles (2.57 km), turn right onto Forest Service Road 919. After 2.8 miles (4.5 km), turn right into parking area. Follow signs to the trailhead.

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Kentucky Falls Trail #1376 showcases three remote waterfalls that range from spring rages to late summer trickles. The Upper Kentucky Falls tumbles 100 ft (30.48 m) and the Lower Kentucky Falls drops

Hwy 126 between MP 26 & 27,  Mapleton  OR  97453