Flat Lick Falls Recreational Area and Waterfall
Date Visited: January 12, 2020
Address: Gray Hawk, Kentucky – Jackson County
Hays Road off US 421 and Hwy 1071 Junction, Gray Hawk, KY 40447
Flat Lick Falls Recreational Area is located in Gray Hawk Kentucky near the city of McKee. The park has a restroom, a picnic shelter, trashcans and scattered picnic tables are available throughout the area. There are large open fields to play in and a small pond on site. Apparently the restroom also has showers in it, but they were closed for the season while we were there.
Along the creek are 5 tent sites with level gravel pads and grills. We checked them out and they are really pretty spots. Primitive camping is allowed throughout the park as well. I’m not for sure if you have to pay to camp here. I really couldn’t find any info. If anyone knows blow me up in the comments.
While we were there they were working on RV campsites. There were 8 in total and they will include electric and water hookups. It looks like they might have been working on a dump station at the start of the park as well.
There are approximately 5 miles of hiking trails in the area for you to enjoy. Flat Lick creek runs through the middle of the property which includes 86.09 acres of wooded land and cliffs. The 28-foot picturesque waterfall you will encounter does not disappoint. It empties into a large pool of water perfect for taking a dip in on hot summer days.
Swimming is allowed in the creek, but ABSOLUTELY no jumping our diving from the top of the falls. It is extremely dangerous and could be deadly.
Starting from the parking lot a 400 yard paved trail will take you to a platform and small overlook right above the waterfall. It is wheelchair accessible and a perfect spot to take pictures and view the falls in all their splendor. You can also travel to the base of the falls for a different view.
While researching this post I discovered that there is a small dirt path to the right of the overlook that will take you to the base of the falls. It is suppose to be a half mile long and takes you to a bridge that crosses the creek. The falls is just past this bridge. We didn’t see this path.
We took a path above the overlook and then followed some primitive trails that looked sketchy down to the base of the falls. There was no bridge where we crossed the creek we just had to wade on through. Where we did cross though it looked like there may have been a bridge at some point because there was remnants of a structure on each side of the creek on the banks.
Truthfully I was having a little trouble getting clear information on the area because I couldn’t find an official website. If I missed one let me know. Regardless we made are way to the base of the falls eventually and it was pretty fantastic. I just waddled my way to the middle of the creek and got some great pics,
This was Dexter’s first time crossing a stream. He made it across the first time, but at one point the water current was a little strong and he kinda freaked out. On our way back across he refused to get in and I had to carry him to the other side.
This area is just great and I would love to spend a summer afternoon or even a night here. A great place to picnic, hammock, swim, hike and just generally relax and have a great time. If you are ever in the area this is one spot I wouldn’t pass up.