The Flat Lick Falls Recreation area, located in Gray Hawk, Kentucky, features an easy hike to a very picturesque waterfall.

The hike begins at the parking area, just before the restrooms. Following a short, paved path will bring you to a small overlook of Flat Lick Falls. While this overlook is nice, the real treat comes when you venture to the base of the falls.

Look for a small dirt path to the right of the overlook. I've been to this spot several times and the path has never been marked, but it is maintained and is usually extremely easy to pick up. Follow this for a short distance and you will cross a footbridge over Flat Lick Creek. The falls are just past this bridge. 

From the base of the falls you are greeted with the view of the majestic Flat Lick Falls plummeting into the large splash pool in front of you. This spot is pretty much a photographer's paradise!  

Pack List

  • Hiking Shoes
  • Camera 
  • Water
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RT Distance 0.5 Miles
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Forest
Picnic Area
Scenic
Waterfall

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One of My Favorite Kentucky Waterfalls!

Flat Lick Falls is one of my favorite waterfalls in the state of Kentucky. It's an extremely easy hike to get to, which means I can easily integrate it into other photography trips, and it's a beautifully picturesque scene!


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