Creek Hike -
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||In Suislaw National
Forest in Douglas County, Oregon. Kentucky
Creek is a tributary of the North Fork of
the Smith River, which flows into the Umpqua River
National Forest recreation
site. There is a picnic table and toilet at the
trailhead. To reach the trailhead, you must find
your way through a 16-mile maze of logging roads.
Refer here or here for
detailed instructions or find a local guide book.
We entered from the Whittaker Creek exit from route
126 and found signs to Kentucky Falls most of the
way until the right turn
from a gravel road onto the paved Forest Road 919,
about two miles from the trailhead.
This is a moderately difficult hike of a bit more
than 4 miles round trip. The trail is steep in
places and drops about 800 feet in elevation from
the trailhead to the junction of Kentucky Creek
and the North Fork of the Smith River. But the
hike is well worth the effort with beautiful old
growth forest, a continuous garden of ferns and
wild flowers, and three tall waterfalls.
The destination is a viewing platform at Lower
Kentucky Falls. But don't overlook the steps down
into the streambed and a short trail to the junction
of the two creeks where you can see both waterfalls.
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