Summary: Very nice hike through a hardwood forest. About 1/3 of a mile from the trailhead, the trail splits to form the loop. I recommend taking the left trail first, which will get the climb over with so that it is all downhill from there. This loop trail passes by 2 large train trestles that are still operational, but please stay off of the tracks. You will soon pass by an old set of stone steps, these steps lead downhill to remnents of an old spring house near the creek below. This was used as a stopping place for carriages in the 19th century.
After about a mile you will come to the Tioga Falls, which is actually a series of falls, or even a cascade if the water flow is light. From top to bottom, the Falls are about 130 feet high. At this point the trail turns and loops back to the trailhead. The lower portion of the loop follows Tioga Creek, for approximately 1/2 mile. The trail soon reconnects, leading back to the parking area.
Trailhead: From I-65, take the Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265) West exit. Continue west on the Gene Snyder Freeway for approximately 10 miles, and turn left (south) onto 31W. Continue south on 31W for about 8 miles, then turn left at the sign for "Bridges to the Past". Follow this road to the parking lot.
Trail Guides for Tioga Falls Hiking Trail:
Hiking in the Louisville Area
by Richard & Steve Hollos (RSH Media)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Fort Knox Environmental Management Office - (502) 624-3629
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Ron Long, who has posted 22 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by ML on 3/12/2013
Called the Environmental Management Office and this trail (as well as Bridges to the Past) will be closed due to rail construction for another year.
Reviewed by millie on 11/20/2012
Love this trail. I'll hike this trail any day over the trails in the parks in Louisville. Tioga Falls has a lot of history. Every one should read about it. Part of the trail once was a road for wagon that lead up to a hotel and there is more. I did hear that Ft. Knox maybe putting a barrier to keep people from climbing to the top of the falls. I heard that there had been a lot of injuries from people falling. You still get a beautiful view from below the falls. HOPE ITS OPEN SOON. Nov 20 2012
Reviewed by A on 9/7/2012
Fort Knox Environmental Management Office is reporting that Bridges to the Past and Tioga Falls may be closed for hiking until Summer 2013. They said they get calls every week from people wanting to hike there. It had closed in 2011 for construction on a train bridge that runs over the access road, and when they finished working on that, the crew decided to rebuild another bridge while they were at it, extending the time blocking the access.
Reviewed by KC on 6/12/2012
I Love This Place!! Heck of a hike but so very worth it once arriving to the top of the waterfall. :)
Reviewed by John on 6/2/2012
According to there website both Tioga falls and Bridges from the part are closed indefinitely due to construction on the railroad.
Reviewed by Renee on 4/2/2012
I went here a couple years ago and decided to revisit only to find that both the Tioga Falls trail and the Bridges from the past are closed for some kind of construction.
Reviewed by Trr on 1/31/2012
Trail is still close and was just told till at least June 2012 today is feb.1 2012.
Reviewed by Ali on 11/3/2011
The trail is closed due to blasting/construction, & will be closed for quite some time now (from what I've heard). I am highly disappointed, as I just moved back to Louisville after being gone for 5 years, and hiking to Tioga Falls is a favorite pastime of mine. Make sure you call ahead of time to see if the trail will be open. It is a wonderful hike, though. Lots of history on the place too. I've only had one issue when I was there before, and that was when a homeless/mountain looking-man came barreling through the woods towards me, & he was walking as fast as he could with a limp. He was also carrying a huge stick (looked like he was using it for helping him with his balance). Do not go by yourself & be alert but have fun! It's beautif
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