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Yahoo Falls, Whitley City

#23 of 62 in Nature in Kentucky
Historic Yahoo Falls, also known as Ywahoo Falls, is located in Whitley City, 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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  • I visited in the morning and had the place to myself. The trail to the Arch is rocky, but navigable. It is almost all uphill, but mostly not too steep a grade. There are steep drop-offs all along the ...  more »
  • Less width and volume than the more well known Cumberland Falls in the area. That said, Yahoo Falls is a very tall waterfall worth seeing in its own right. If you go, pay attention to the trail map. S...  more »

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