Lick Creek Trail #631

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Princess Falls Lick Creek Trail, located on Stearns District of the Daniel Boone National Forest, follows an old roadbed along a ridge for one mile before changing to a footpath. During the next 0.5-mile, the trail descends more than 300 feet in elevation. Several sets of metal stairs will be encountered. You will walk behind rock overhangs and shelters, and even cross beneath a wet season waterfall before reaching the creek after two miles along the trail.

At 2.25 miles, Lick Creek Falls Trail takes off to the left. This is a 1/2-mile trail to Lick Creek Falls. If continuing on the Lick Creek Trail, be sure to watch for white diamond blazes that mark the way.

It will be necessary to cross Lick Creek several times, so be prepared for the possibility of getting your feet wet. Although the creek isn’t too deep, it is wide in places.

At 3.35 miles along the trail, you will reach Princess Falls. These falls are named after Princess Cornblossom, a legendary Cherokee princess. The trail ends at 3.45 miles when it connects with the Sheltowee Trace.

The Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail runs north and south along the Big South Fork River here. By following the Sheltowee southward, Yamacraw Bridge and KY 92 will be reached within 1.2 miles.

Lick Creek Falls Trail Guide and Map

Connections: Lick Creek Falls, Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail Section 33 (7 miles)

Trailhead:  Forest Service Road 622

At a Glance

Fees None
Open Season: Open all year
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: This trail is developed for hiking only.  16-04-10 Food Storage Restrictions on Stearns Ranger District
Closest Towns: Whitley City
Water: None
Restroom: None
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Stearns Ranger District
3320 Hwy 27 North
Whitley City, KY 42653

General Information


At Whitley City take KY 478 west to KY 1651. Turn left (south) and follow 1651 for 1 mile before reaching Forest Service Road 622 on your right (the first paved road past the school bus garage). The trailhead is 100 feet up Forest Service Road 622 on your left at the gate.

General Notes:

Backpacking Loop: Lick Creek Falls, Sheltowee Trace (Section 30), Yahoo Falls, Yahoo Arch, and Negro Creek trails make a nice backpacking loop of approximately 13 miles.

If you choose to camp along these trails, please set up your campsite at least 300 feet from any road, stream or trail. No camping is allowed in rock shelters. 

If you camp in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, you will need a backcountry camping permit. Contact the National Park Service at 606-376-5073.

Parts of the Sheltowee Trace runs through the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, which is managed by the National Park Service. The USDA Forest Service manages other portions of this trail, which runs the full length of the Daniel Boone National Forest. 


Parking is available at the trailhead on Forest Service Road 622.


This trail is not accessible.



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