Bald Rock Cemetery Falls

By Jeremy Patton

Bald Rock Cemetery Falls is located in Daniel Boone National Forest, Laurel County, Kentucky.

Bald Rock Cemetery Falls on 2/4/16

Bald Rock Cemetery Falls on 2/4/16

I so-named it because it is the closest major waterfall to the cemetery.

From Bee Rock Recreation Area, drive east on KY-192 for approximately 2.5 miles. Turn right onto Bald Rock Cemetery Road, also known as FR 4144 (gravel). Continue for about half a mile then park on the roadside near Bald Rock Cemetery.

A gated road resides across from the cemetery; follow it northwest on foot. After about 0.25 miles, you will see private property on your left. It appears to be a hunting lodge. From there, leave the road and continue hiking off-trail to the north. You will soon find an unnamed tributary of the Rockcastle River.

You should hear Bald Rock Cemetery Falls #1, if it is flowing. If you do not hear it, hike east upstream. Bushwhacking is required to reach it, so a summer visit would likely be a miserable experience. When I discovered the waterfall on 2/4/16, the weather was cool and the forest was free of parasites.

Bald Rock Cemetery Falls #1 is a beauty, about 30 feet high with a large rock shelter. I found a second, smaller waterfall not far downstream: Bald Rock Cemetery Falls #2. For reasons I cannot recall, I did not follow the water much further. There may be additional waterfalls before the tributary empties into the Rockcastle. I plan to find out this autumn.

Bald Rock Cemetery Falls #2 on 2/4/16

Bald Rock Cemetery Falls #2 on 2/4/16

Bald Rock Cemetery Falls #2 on 2/4/16

Bald Rock Cemetery Falls #2 on 2/4/16

If you rejoin the road near the hunting lodge, it parallels the tributary as it carves a deep gorge to the river. This may make exploration a challenge. I plan to pass through the gorge, if possible.

Be sure the examine the cliffs in the area, particularly those that line the road. They are adorned with many interesting geologic formations.

Added 8/17/16