Bad Branch State Nature Preserve, Whitesburg

4.9
#18 of 29 in Wildlife in Kentucky
Bad Branch Falls State Nature Preserve is a 2639acre nature preserve in Letcher County, Kentucky. Originally dedicated by the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission on September 26, 1985, the preserve originally covered 435acre and included Bad Branch Gorge, a forested gorge with a 60ft waterfall tumbling over sandstone cliffs on the south face of Pine Mountain. Subsequent acquisitions have expanded the preserve west into the Presley House Branch watershed, northeast into the upper reaches of the Bad Branch watershed and a small portion of the north face of Pine Mountain. The preserve also protects Kentucky's only known nesting pair of common ravens. Bad Branch has been designated a Kentucky Wild River. There are 7.4mi of foot trails and bridges over uneven strenuous terrain.
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  • It's a small flow but high falls. It is an easy 1/2 mile ultra scenic walk, with the last 1/4 mile a hard climb through a rock garden. The real treat here is if you walk another 2 miles to High Rock....  more »
  • It is about a mile of smooth walking with the last 1/4 mile a lung busting rocky climb. It parallels a beautiful cold trout stream, especially beautiful in the dead of winter. The area around the top....  more »
  • Reviews of Bad Branch consistently recount exceedingly satisfactory hiking above and along a musical stream flowing through a lush rhododendron and loblolly forest; more often than not, hikers also...  more »
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  • This is a beautiful hike on a sunny day. I went on a cold day and did not enjoy it as much as I would have. It is a fairly easy hike and my friend's 7 year old kid had no problem!
  • The hike isn't bad at all. It's a beautiful walk that turns to a hike for the last tenth of a mile or so. It's fairly easy so beginners should be able to do it, no problem.
  • One of the best hikes in Kentucky. Can't recommend enough the full 7.5 mile hike up to High Rock.
  • Bare bones, no facilities, just great nature! Parking in the shade. A tough walk to the falls.
  • Great place to hike and beautiful seaney.

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