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Yahoo Falls, Whitley City

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#22 of 39 in Nature in Kentucky
Waterfall Nature / Park
Historic Yahoo Falls, also known as Ywahoo Falls, is located in McCreary County, Kentucky.DescriptionA Scenic overlook marks the trail from the highway to the falls, which stand 113ft. A similar waterfall in the Red River Gorge is said to exceed Yahoo Falls in height by a few inches. Further along, the trail leads to the Yahoo Arch.HistoryCumberland National Forest, now Daniel Boone National Forest, was created in 1937. It includes the Falls and surrounding second-growth timberland. It is owned by the Federal government and management is entrusted to the U.S. Forest Service.Forest supervisor Robert Collins created the Yahoo Falls Recreation Area in the 1960s. The decision was made to turn Yahoo Falls into an accessible scenic attraction in an effort to lure visitors to the Stearns Ranger District. An all-weather road was built to the top of the gorge and a picnic area and primitive campsite was established. Trails were constructed and a long flight of steel stairs led visitors down into the gorge past cliffs and nearly vertical lush slopes adorned with mountain laurel, rhododendron and many threatened and endangered species of plants.Further readingPerry, Samuel. South Fork Country Troxel, Thomas. Harlan Legion of the Lost Mine (1958) Collins, Robert. A History of the Daniels Boone National Forest (1975)
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  • We took the hike along the top to an overlook, because we didn't have the legs for steps. Unfortunately, it wasn't a very good view from the overlook because it was all overgrown, but it didn't seem t...  more »
  • We visited the falls in June and as you can see from the picture not a lot of water but it was still really pretty and a great hike.  more »
  • We typically see a falls on our spring vacation, but this was the best. For the first time, we were able to get behind the falls. And there was a neat creek to cross to get there.  more »

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