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Hike to Bad Branch Falls

Seedtime on the Cumberland will host a free, guided hike to Bad Branch Falls on the Saturday morning of Seedtime, June 9, at 9 a.m. Sponsored by Pine Mountain Outfitters and the Kentucky Natural Lands Trust (KNLT), the hike will be led by KNLT board member Roy Crawford and will head straight to the falls from the trailhead.

Bad Branch Falls is a 60-foot waterfall that forms the crown jewel of the Bad Branch State Nature Preserve, 2,639 acres of protected woodlands along the south face of Pine Mountain in Letcher County. The hike to the falls runs along Bad Branch, a state-designated Wild River, and through a gorge that is home to one of the largest concentrations of rare and uncommon species known in the state, including Kentucky’s only known pair of nesting ravens.

Individuals must preregister by either writing to wmmtfm@appalshop.org or calling WMMT at (606) 633- 0108, as space is limited. Hikers will convene at the Whitesburg McDonald’s before 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, with a departure time of 9. Crawford will then lead a caravan on the eight-mile drive to Bad Branch before leading a group to the falls and back. The hike should wrap up before 1 p.m.

It’s recommended that participants be at least 10 years of age or older and in good physical condition. Long pants and good hiking shoes/boots are also recommended — there are some slippery spots on the trail. For more information and a complete Seedtime schedule, visit www.seedtimefestival.org or call WMMT.

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