Hike to Tioga Falls

1.9 Miles Round Trip - 354 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Tioga Falls Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Edward Webb

Not far from Louisville, Kentucky is a 130 foot tall, picturesque waterfall on the land of Fort Knox

Recently the trail to Tioga Falls has re-opened even though they are still doing trail restoration. This is short little 1.9 mile out and back trail is perfect for the family and has one of the best waterfalls if you live anywhere near Louisville, Kentucky.

Now while there is about 350 feet of elevation gain it is over a good distance and shouldn't deter anyone from hiking out to Tioga Falls. On the way there you're going to pass over a couple railroad tracks that are part of the "Bridges to the Past" which is part of the old Louisville to Nashville turnpike. 

Once you start making your way to Tioga Falls you'll see the river and hear the falls; and once you're there you won't want to leave. Just remember that the falls reside on land that belongs to Fort Knox and the U.S. Army often has patrols through the woods, so take "Leave No Trace" to the extreme here.

This hike is a must-do at any time of the year, it is especially great in the fall or early spring before the Kentucky heat makes an appearance. 


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly


1.9 Miles
354 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Hidden Gem

This waterfall wasn’t originally on my list of hikes to do in KY, but I’m so glad I did it. The tiers are what make the waterfall lovely. It’s best to go in spring or summer for a heavier flow. The hike itself is easy - only about 2 miles round trip with not much elevation gain. The area itself is pretty isolated, so I’d either hike on a day in which there will likely be people around and / or bring a friend.

Nice quiet hike

The hike to Tioga Falls is not the most scenic hike you will ever find, but it is quiet and charming. There are not too many crowds and the forest surrounding the trail is very nice. The trail is short enough to not pose any serious physical challenge, but also long enough to let your mind wander and let you feel like you are getting some exercise. The waterfall at the end is nice, but if water levels are low, the falls will be more of a trickle of water. Go after a good rainstorm and you will not be disappointed.