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The two RV Gypsies hiked to Yahoo Falls
- Kentucky's highest waterfall
July 8, 2011

Historic Yahoo Falls, known also by its possible Muskogee name - Yahoo Falls, is located in McCreary County, Kentucky.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
"Cumberland National Forest, now Daniel Boone National Forest, was created in 1937. It includes the Falls and surrounding second-growth timberland. It is owned by the Federal government and management is entrusted to the U.S. Forest Service.

Forest supervisor, Robert Collins created the Yahoo Falls Recreation Area in the 1960s. The decision was made to turn Yahoo Falls into an accessible scenic attraction in an effort to lure visitors to the Stearns Ranger District. An all-weather road was built to the top of the gorge and a picnic area and primitive campsite was established."

But the two RV Gypsies did not know about the road to the top of the gorge until they got back to their RV and read more about the area on the internet. Bummer!

The curvy road leading to Yahoo Falls.
Alex hated the curvy roads and laid down
in the back seat during this journey.
The two RV Gypsies (plus one) prepared to hike to Yahoo Falls - the tallest waterfall in the state of Kentucky.
The curvy road leading to Yahoo Falls
Lee Duquette at the Yahoo Falls sign
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies at the Yahoo Falls sign
Yahoo Falls distance sign
The two RV Gypsies and Alex followed the dirt trail and then took a long flight of steel stairs that went down into the gorge past cliffs and nearly vertical lush slopes adorned with mountain laurel, rhododendron, and many threatened and endangered species of plants and mushrooms.
Lee Duquette and his grandson on the trail
a big red musroom
Despite the caution sign, Alex hugged a tree to look down the cliff - trying to see the waterfall, until Karen told him to get back from the edge and to stay away from all cliff edges.
caution sign
Alex hugs a tree to look down the cliff - trying to see the waterfall.
Alex hugs a tree to look down the cliff - trying to see the waterfall.
Alex hugs a tree to look down the cliff - trying to see the waterfall.
The trail to the falls was about 1-mile long. Once there, hikers can go right up to the base of the falls, and even go behind the falls. The trail went up and around the top of the falls, but the overlooks were overgrown and the views are not very good.
Lee and Alex on the trail to Yahoo Falls
the trail
Below: Alex and Lee crossing a small stream of water
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies crossing a stream
Lee Duquette crossing the stream
Unfortunately, the two RV Gypsies did not find Yahoo Falls and Lee Duquette did not want to try another path. But they did find the path for to the Yahoo Arch.
the rough trail
approaching the Yahoo Arch.
Yahoo Arch is located in Daniel Boone National Forest in McCreary County, Kentucky. It is a natural arch cave with a span of 57-feet and a height of 11-feet.
the two RV Gypsies at the Yahoo Arch
Lee Duquette and Alex under the Yahoo Arch
Below: Lee and Alex under the Yahoo Arch - the red dot in the photo below is Lee taking a picture of Karen as Karen was taking a photo of Lee and Alex.
Lee Duquette and Alex under the Yahoo Arch
Lee Duquette and Alex under the Yahoo Arch
a close-up of the arch
Lee Duquette checking out the Yahoo Arch
Lee Duquette and his grandson Alex Jones investigated the underneath of a big boulder by the Yahoo Arch.
Lee Duquette and Alex under a big boulder by the Yahoo Arch.
Lee Duquette and Alex under a big boulder by the Yahoo Arch.
Lee Duquette and Alex under a big boulder by the Yahoo Arch.
Lee Duquette and Alex under a big boulder by the Yahoo Arch.
Lee Duquette and Alex under a big boulder by the Yahoo Arch.
Alex under a big boulder by the Yahoo Arch.
Lee Duquette
Alex Jones

Alex, being a typical 11-year old boy, tried to move a rock with the walking stick. As the rock turned over, the sound echoed in the cave and Alex jumped and ran out of the cave.

Alex Jones - the grandson of the Two RV Gypsies
Alex Jones - the grandson of the Two RV Gypsies
Alex Jones - the grandson of the Two RV Gypsies
Karen Duquette
Karen Duquette
the trail  to the Yahoo arch
Karen Duquette and her grandson Alex Jones under the Yahoo Arch
Karen and Alex under the Yahoo Arch
Karen and Alex under the Yahoo Arch
Karen and Alex under the Yahoo Arch
Karen and Alex under the Yahoo Arch
Back on the trail to the parking lot
a bright orange lizard
Back on the trail to the parking lot
a bright orange lizard
So, the two RV Gypsies did not actually find the Yahoo Falls, but they did enjoy the Yahoo Arch. Karen Duquette thought they should have followed the yellow trail when she suggested that, but Lee Duquette would not listen to her and said he was tired, so they did not turn around and try to go to the actual falls. Karen was really disappointed not to see Yahoo Falls, but the Yahoo Arch was quite enjoyable.
look down
You may visit each of the four sections below in any order you choose. The page you are on is not underlined and cannot be chosen from here.
Cumberland Falls (2 pages)
birthplace of KFC
Yahoo Arch
The Natural Arch
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