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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, Portland

"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, Eugene (Read her blog post)



Directions: Confirm directions with Forest Service before departing due to possible road closures and/or detours.

Off Hwy 126, at the Whittaker Creek Recreation Area between mileposts 26 & 27 (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.


Kentucky Falls

  • Hwy 126 between milepost 26 & 27, Mapleton OR 97453
  • P: 541.750.7000