Eagle Falls Trail - Hiking

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Summary

Peppered with waterfalls, this hike is short and sweet but challenging enough to call it a workout.

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Cinnamon Janzer

Distance

1.5 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

83.1 miles

Difficulty

2 of 5 diamonds

This little beaut’ is short but does traverse 755 feet of elevation change and includes stairs and climbing over debris. Besides that, it’s a 1.5 mile relaxed jaunt through Cumberland Falls State Resort with a great view.

Time To Complete

2 hours

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits

No

Review

Intro

Eagle Falls is an easy, breezy, trail located in Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. The park has a resort with lodging located within its boundaries so visitors can extend their stay and spend more time. The trail is relatively easy to travel, though there are a few sections of climbing up stairs and over debris and rocks. Eagle Falls offers an incredible view that, because of the general straightforwardness of the trail, is accessible to every skill level.

What Makes It Great

There are a total of three waterfalls to take in along the way. Some hikers compare the scenery to that of Colorado. The trail is very well maintained, so you’ll never be confused about which way is next. While you certainly won’t need a compass or a detailed map to find your way around, there are a few challenges en route. There are stairs to be climbed and rocks to hop over, so while the hike is relatively short, it’s definitely not boring.

It’s no secret that this hike is a lovely one. If you go early enough in the day there’s a good chance that you could be the only one out there, feasting on the sunrise in complete solitude. Winter tends to bring less traffic, so if you don’t mind snow and a little ice, you can have the view all to yourself for most of the colder seasons. In the summer, cool off in the water below the falls for one of those nature experiences that people dream of. If you’re a social hiker who enjoys people watching, hiking in the afternoon will bring out the crowds.

Who is Going to Love It

This hike is family friendly and accessible for almost all skill sets—although it does run along a modest cliff line, so keep that in mind if you don’t love heights. Those that are just getting into hiking will probably credit this place for sparking their love affair with the sport. It’s not prohibitively challenging but does have a huge payoff in terms waterfalls and breathtaking views of Cumberland Falls and the gorge itself along the way. Hikers with an eye for nature will also be pleased. It’s a great spot for bird watching and encountering a variety of flora and fauna.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

You’ll easily find this trail if you head to the center of the park at 7351 Highway 90 near Corbin, Kentucky.

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36.842837, -84.344108

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