Several days ago we had sub­stan­tial rain, and the next day’s weath­er fore­cast was for cool tem­per­a­tures and cloudy skies. Those are per­fect con­di­tions for vis­it­ing water­falls, so my wife and I took a day trip to south­east­ern Kentucky to vis­it a cou­ple of them. This one is Pine Island Double Falls in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Laurel County.

There is no sign mark­ing its loca­tion and there’s no offi­cial trail, so you have to work a bit to get there, but it’s worth it. We had a love­ly hike fol­low­ing a feed­er branch of the main creek through a for­est filled with the green of hem­lock trees, rhodo­den­dron, and hol­ly. Then fol­low­ing the cliff line and final­ly scram­bling down to the creek. 

The first time we vis­it­ed this place a few years ago, I was in awe — it felt oth­er­world­ly. This time was no dif­fer­ent. We had this won­drous place all to our­selves and spent a cou­ple of hours there enjoy­ing the soli­tude and wild beau­ty before reluc­tant­ly mak­ing our way back to the car.

Pine Island Double Falls
Pine Island Double Falls, in the Daniel Boone National Forest, Laurel County, Kentucky (click to enlarge)

  • Wes Moody

    Wes is a retired engi­neer. He and his wife live in rur­al Clark County with their dog and cat. He is a nature and land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy enthu­si­ast, and also enjoys hik­ing and play­ing djembe.