Section 33 Sheltowee Trace Trail #100

Area Status: Open

Princess Falls

Section 33 of the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail follows the Big South Fork River for 7 miles before reaching Yamacraw Bridge. Watch for side trails to Lick Creek Falls and Princess Falls, which are worth the hike.

Be prepared to ford creeks and climb boulders, as well as face a few short inclines. Footing can be precarious around boulders, so use extra caution. Be sure to follow the white diamond and turtle-shaped trail blazes, since connecting trails may be confusing.

Two miles after the trail begins you will reach Alum Ford, which has primitive restrooms, campsites, tables and grills. No treated water source is available.

Sheltowee Trace Section 33 Guide and Map


Trailhead: Yahoo Falls Day-Use Area, KY 92/East side of Yamacraw Bridge

At a Glance

Permit Info: Backcountry permits are required for overnight camping in the backcountry of National Park Service land.
Operated By: U.S. Park Service
Information Center: Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
4564 Leatherwood Road
Oneida, TN 37841
606-376-3787 (KY Visitor Information)
423-286-7275 (TN Visitor Information)
423-569-9778 (TN Headquarters)

General Information


From Whitley City take KY 700 west. Follow the sign to Yahoo Falls Day-Use Area. From the trailhead, follow signs and take the metal stairs to the base of the bluff to connect with the Sheltowee Trace.

General Notes:

This section of the Sheltowee Trace passes through the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, which is managed by the National Park Service.

Nearby Facilities: Yahoo Falls Day-Use Area
Alum Ford Boat Ramp and Campground


Parking is available at the Yahoo Falls Day-Use Area, KY 92/East side of Yamacraw Bridge.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

General Info:

Permits & Regulations

Rules: Trails
Rules: Dispersed Camping
Rules: Food Storage

Difficulty Level: More Difficult

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