Natural Pulaski County is an explorer’s paradise because of its diverse landscapes that include lakes, rolling hills, waterfalls and creeks. Short Creek is one of the county’s hidden gems. If you’ve not been – you’re missing out. Short Creek is the shortest creek in the world, measuring just about 150 feet long. It is tucked in a beautiful, wooded setting, surrounded by rock walls and enchanting caves.
Short Creek is located on private property, but don’t let that hinder you. The property’s owners have allowed visitors for many years now to explore it. Camping, building a fire, and rappelling are not allowed, but you can have a picnic, explore, and take photos.
There is more to Short Creek than what you can see. It is a small section of an underground river that comes up the surface, lying in between two caves. According to Dr. Ralph Ewers, a professor from Eastern Kentucky University, Short Creek is a place where the ceiling has collapsed over a cave. The cave had a stream in it and as the roof collapsed, the stream was exposed.
Technically, the topography of this place is called a Karst window which forms from the dissolution of soluble rocks. It is characterized by sinkholes and caves with an underground drainage system.
The cave in which the water passes through is fairly accessible but you need to exercise caution if you plan to explore it. Just follow the trail on the northside part of the creek and it will take you to the cave entrance. There are no dangerous animals in the cave but you could expect to hear crickets and see occasional bats when you visit.
Located just off of Kentucky Highway 80, this geological wonder is a great place to visit anytime of the year. In the summer, it is surrounded by green vegetation with an abundance of wildflowers surrounding it. And it looks equally stunning in the winter.