KENTUCKY FALLS TRAIL
SIUSLAW NATIONAL FOREST
On Saturday, August 3rd, the 60+ Adventure Van will head to the Siuslaw Forest for a fabulous hike along the Kentucky Falls Trail. Kentucky Falls Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mapleton, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking.
The Kentucky Falls Trailhead in the Siuslaw National Forest can be hard to find, but the three amazing waterfalls make it well worth the effort. Less than a half mile from the trailhead you will be rewarded with the first of the three falls, Upper Kentucky Falls. But don’t stop there! Continue down another 2 miles through the old-growth forest and you will find twin 100-foot waterfalls: Lower Kentucky Falls and North Fork of the Smith Falls. At the end of the trail you’ll find a viewing platform with a bench, which is a perfect spot for lunch and a photo opportunity. If you’re feeling adventurous you can leave the viewing platform and head out onto the rocks to get a better view of the falls.
During the summer, keep an eye out for wildflowers and salmon berries. Because the trail is at a higher elevation in the coast range, it’s a great place to escape the summer heat of the valley.
Be sure to pack energy bars, plenty of water, a sack lunch and a camera to capture the beautiful views.
The cost for this hike is $15.00. We will depart at 8:00 am and return around 4:00 pm. To register for this fun hike, go online: www.newportoregon.gov/sc and click on the dark blue banner “Browse the catalog and register.” There, you may view a listing of additional trips, events, classes and presentations. For more information, stop by our office located at 20 SE 2nd St., Newport, OR, or call 541-265-9617.