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Broke Leg Falls

Broke Leg Falls - Frenchburg, Menifee County, Kentucky

Photos by Ben Prepelka

     After climbing down slippery stair steps and through the bolder strewn gorge below, there's little doubt left about the naming of Broke Leg Falls. This roadside waterfall once commanded prime attraction status, but has since been bypassed by progress and more specifically the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway.
     Closed to the public for years, Menifee County reopened the Broke Leg Falls. Nearby Frenchburg on U.S. Route 460, Broke Leg Falls Park Bridge the 60 foot waterfall is nearly out of driving range from the major attractions of Natural Bridge State Park and Red River Gorge. Although the area draws little attention, it's well worth the extra drive. Some say this Kentucky waterfall setting earns the adjectives of stunning, and remarkable.
     Stairs lead down from the parking area into the gorge and behind the waterfall. A small footbridge crosses over the creek below and leads to various viewpoints along the creekside. It's best to keep an eye on where you are stepping, rather than fixing your gaze on the fall. It would be a bad day if you were to join the members of the Broke Leg Falls gang.

Broke Leg Falls update:
On March 2, 2012, an EF-3 tornado ripped through Menifee County, cutting a 60-mile-long path of destruction in eastern Kentucky and causing long-term hardships for area farmers and residents. Here in the Broke Leg Falls area, the tornado caused wide-spread damage, uprooting trees, destroying the park infrastructure and changing the landscape forever. The falls area may never appear the same as in this five year old photo.

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