A Beautiful Waterfall at Red River Gorge

I’ve been going to Red River Gorge in Kentucky ever since I was a teenager. It’s such a special place for outdoor adventure enthusiasts of all ages.

A few years ago I discovered a popular hidden gem trail with a beautiful waterfall that you have to check out.

Creation Falls waterfall at Red River Gorge in Kentucky

Where is Creation Falls Waterfall at Red River Gorge?

Creation Falls is located on the Rock Bridge Trail loop in the Cumberland Ranger District in the Red River Gorge.

Rock Bridge Trail Loop Hike

The 1.5-mile trail is paved but it’s not paved like what you would expect on a bike trail. It’s definitely not stroller friendly and still has lots of stairs.

Rock Bridge Arch

Where to Start on the Rock Bridge Trail Loop

Our quest to find Creation Falls started at the trailhead sign to the right of the picnic area. The hike gradually progressed into the ravine for the most part and it’s a moderate hike with lush vegetation.

Rock Bridge trail Loop

I would recommend doing the full loop because the incline is easier to come back up toward the end of the trail. It was way easier to go down a steep trail than to double back and return back up it.

Parking for Rock Bridge

Rock Bridge is a popular hike and parking may be limited so be prepared to park on the side of the road. Your vehicle will definitely need a car wash after driving 3 miles on the gravel road to get to the trailhead but it’s worth it. 

Rock Bridge at Red River Gorge

Two Beautiful Natural Formations Within Close Proximity

Creation Falls and Rock Bridge are located within about 100 yards of each other creating two picturesque spots within steps of each other. 

Rock Bridge at Red River Gorge

Rock Bridge sandstone arch is the only “bridge” in the Red River Gorge that goes directly over the water. Kids and adults will love climbing on top of the “Rock Bridge” arch for a fun photo op.

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Creation Falls has a few vantage points from the trail and is easy to access.

How Much Time Should I Allow For Visiting Creation Falls?

It’s recommended that you plan 1-2 hours to be able to relax and enjoy time by the waterfall and explore Rock Bridge.

You might want to allow even more time if you plan on making it a beach day.

sandy beach at Creation Falls

Relax at a Swimming Hole with a Sandy Beach

Creation Falls is the perfect spot to pack a picnic lunch or spend the afternoon. It’s also a good bribe for unlikely hikers.

My kids are always more motivated to hike a trail if they know that there is a waterfall involved. 

Creation Falls Waterfall at Red River Gorge

Kids will love playing in the soft sand on the beach and the waterfall makes a small slide to go down. It’s not Sliding Rock level but kids can still have fun on it.

They can also splash around in shallow water. 

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Plan Ahead for Your Visit to the Waterfall

If you are visiting the waterfall with younger kids, I highly recommend having them wear a swimsuit and bringing a change of clothes for them afterward.

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It’s also good to have water shoes for walking across the stepping stones in the creekbed to get to the waterfall.

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There is also another creek nearby if you want more space to spread out and explore. 

If you plan on staying for a while a blanket or a sheet would also be nice to sit on. I even saw kids playing with sand toys there.

Pack a backpack with drinks and snacks and make sure that you carry out all of your trash. 

Driving Directions to Rock Bridge Trail in Red River Gorge

Directions to trailhead From Slade, take KY 15 for 7 miles to KY 715. Turn left on 715 and go 0.3 miles to Rock Bridge Road on the right. Follow this road to Rock Bridge Recreation Area.

Skylift chair lift at Natural Bridge

More Things to Do at Red River Gorge

There are several stops that are perfect for a day trip at Red River Gorge.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park is always a great start and then you can branch out and explore other trails if it’s your first time visiting the area.  Tickets for the skylift chair lift can either be a round-trip ticket or a one-way.

I recommend enjoying a round-trip ride and hiking around the top of Natural Bridge, viewing it from below, and taking in the views from afar once you reach the top.

This will help you cover more ground in a day so that you can do more hikes. It’s also a great option if you are traveling with multi-gen family members.

Cliffview Resort

Where to Stay at Red River Gorge

If you are looking for a great place to stay during your visit to Red River Gorge, I highly recommend Cliffview Resort. It’s very family-friendly and you can even go zip-lining onsite. 

The property feels like a getaway but it’s also a reasonable drive to popular trails in the area. This is a great option if you want to relax and take in the area at a slower pace.

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2 thoughts on “A Beautiful Waterfall at Red River Gorge”

  1. Thanks for sharing all the helpful tips and photos! Per your post, we took our young kids on this hike today, and it was fantastic. Glad you mentioned to bring swimsuits!

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