Kentucky’s Most Refreshing Hike Will Lead You Straight To A Beautiful Swimming Hole
It goes without saying that there are countless hidden spots throughout Kentucky that only the locals know about. Some of these have been “discovered” and others haven’t, and then there are those that are hard to track down, so they just don’t attract many visitors. No matter the situation, we love to share these hidden gems in the hope that those who are truly motivated to see them can seek them out and enjoy the place in a respectful manner. That is the hope with this little hike that leads to one of the best swimming holes in Kentucky. Gabe’s Branch Falls is off the beaten path but this refreshing hike leads straight to a beautiful waterfall that’s perfect for swimming on a hot Kentucky day.
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The refreshing hike to Gabe’s Branch Falls has been a local favorite for generations and this hidden gem is definitely one of the best swimming holes in Kentucky. If you choose to visit, as with every spot in our beautiful state, be respectful and leave no trace of your adventure. Are you from this area and have you explored this swimming spot and waterfall? Share your experience with us in the comments!
For directions and more information on the falls, visit here. The Harlan County website also shares some information on the trail here.
Special thanks to Patricia Miniard Rigney, AKA Greasy Creek Gal, for the use of many of these photos. See more of her Kentucky adventures in this area on her Facebook page here.
And while you’re in the area, be sure to visit the highest point in Kentucky, featured in a previous article here.
A Cincinnati native who has lived in Kentucky for over 10 years, Andrea's heart belongs both in the Queen City and the Bluegrass State. After earning an education degree and working in that field for a number of years, Andrea began to pursue her passion for writing over 6 years ago. Since then she has written for a number of print and online publications, as well as published a children's book.
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