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Title: BSF overnight. Yamacraw-Yahoo falls in fall. Camp sites
Post by: Smoovoperator on August 29, 2018, 05:38:21 PM
Hello, I was curious about the strech of trail in the BSF that is the yamacraw bridge trail, and yahoo falls trail loop. I am wanting to make this an overnight trip in the fall, amd am curious how it can best be broken up into 2 day sections. Where is a good spot to camp along this trip, that makes the second day not too bad. I know there is one at negro creek, yahoo falls junction, but that doesn't seem like it is too many miles in. Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: BSF overnight. Yamacraw-Yahoo falls in fall. Camp sites
Post by: KYhiker40 on August 30, 2018, 05:34:40 AM
I'm doing an 2 nighter here also in October.  The same group of guys some of you know.  We'll be starting at the Lush Creek (?I think that's the name?) trailhead, hiking down past Princess Falls, hanging a right on the Sheltowee for the Yahoo Falls loop, then doubling back on the Sheltowee finishing at  the Blue Heron campground. 

It's been 4 or 5 years since I hit this section of trail, curious about any suggestions you may have.  For example... any vending machines along the way?  ;)
Title: Re: BSF overnight. Yamacraw-Yahoo falls in fall. Camp sites
Post by: wsp_scott on August 30, 2018, 11:09:54 AM
If you start at Yahoo Falls and do the whole loop down to the river and then up past Yahoo Arch, it is about 12 miles, with the Negro Creek/BSF intersection being about half way.

I would set up camp at Negro Creek and then day hike to Princess Falls and then the next day hike up to the ridge and across to Yahoo Arch. It is not a long distance, but it is a great area. If you want more, hike up past Princess Falls to Lick Creek Falls.

You can get an idea of both of those here http://backpackandbeer.blogspot.com/2017/08/waterfalls-and-kids.html
You might also like http://backpackandbeer.blogspot.com/2016/05/yahoo-falls-ky-trail.html
Title: Re: BSF overnight. Yamacraw-Yahoo falls in fall. Camp sites
Post by: Smoovoperator on August 30, 2018, 01:32:57 PM
Thanks a ton. The day hiking is a pretty good option, stsrting out at Yahoo falls. That seems like it would work out to be a better overnight trip. I may just end uo camping at negro creek, and doing that.
Title: Re: BSF overnight. Yamacraw-Yahoo falls in fall. Camp sites
Post by: KYhiker40 on August 30, 2018, 09:25:07 PM
If you do, take your pole & tackle.  The fishing is great in that area! 
Title: Re: BSF overnight. Yamacraw-Yahoo falls in fall. Camp sites
Post by: KYhiker40 on August 30, 2018, 09:25:48 PM
If you start at Yahoo Falls and do the whole loop down to the river and then up past Yahoo Arch, it is about 12 miles, with the Negro Creek/BSF intersection being about half way.

I would set up camp at Negro Creek and then day hike to Princess Falls and then the next day hike up to the ridge and across to Yahoo Arch. It is not a long distance, but it is a great area. If you want more, hike up past Princess Falls to Lick Creek Falls.

You can get an idea of both of those here http://backpackandbeer.blogspot.com/2017/08/waterfalls-and-kids.html
You might also like http://backpackandbeer.blogspot.com/2016/05/yahoo-falls-ky-trail.html

I forget that is your blog.  Crazy.  Like having Joe Robinson on this site or something.
Title: Re: BSF overnight. Yamacraw-Yahoo falls in fall. Camp sites
Post by: wsp_scott on September 04, 2018, 01:12:49 PM

I forget that is your blog.  Crazy.  Like having Joe Robinson on this site or something.

I don't get the reference to Joe Robinson, but I'll assume it was a compliment :)
Title: Re: BSF overnight. Yamacraw-Yahoo falls in fall. Camp sites
Post by: BKxDave on January 29, 2020, 10:12:14 PM
Curious how your hike went, Smoovoperator. My brother and I plan to hike a very similar 1 nighter this weekend, so I'm happy to post more on that if anyone is curious (or let me know if you're in the area!)...

Before I forget, for those of you that I met on our 2018 winter group hike out to Red Byrd Arch, hello again! I was the tall fellow accompanying Shifu Ramon :)
Title: Re: BSF overnight. Yamacraw-Yahoo falls in fall. Camp sites
Post by: genes on January 30, 2020, 09:38:42 AM
Just be careful in and around Yahoo Falls area as there are many unofficial side trails that can easily get you off of your intended trail.
Title: Re: BSF overnight. Yamacraw-Yahoo falls in fall. Camp sites
Post by: BKxDave on January 30, 2020, 12:43:23 PM
Good to know, genes. Appreciate the input!
Title: Re: BSF overnight. Yamacraw-Yahoo falls in fall. Camp sites
Post by: BKxDave on February 03, 2020, 09:38:06 PM
Michael and I had a great few days of hiking the area! Unsurprisingly, we were all alone Saturday & Monday, just how we like it, but there were plenty of families, and one pair of backpackers that we met on Sunday who also stayed through the weekend.

Ended up camping about a quarter mile before Negro Creek reaches BSF the first night, spent some time on Sunday in the Yamacraw Bridge area, before setting up camp where the trail meets the creek, both ideal campsites. It was a nice, simple hike out in the morning, and we both enjoyed the trip immensely.

Appreciate the good words about the place, hadn't visited the area besides doing some kayaking down from the Blue Heron Mining Community!