SUMMARY: An easy hike to a beautiful arch that has a waterfall. This hike is stunning, following a spectacular wandering stream and not used as much as other hikes.
RATING: Easy Hike (about 2.5 miles) This trail can have some wet spots as it follows and crosses a stream several times.
BEST TIME OF YEAR TO HIKE: Early spring when flowers are blooming or autumn when you can catch the fall colors. The USDA Forest Office is located in Winchester, Kentucky about an hour from Red River Gorge. For up to date information either stop in the Ranger District Office, visit their website or telephone: (859) 745-3100
AMOUNT OF TIME NEEDED: Allow less than a half a day (2-3 hours) to enjoy this hike, and spend some time resting and enjoying the arch.
DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD:
- From rest area at exit #33 off of the Mountain State Parkway Turn left, and go to end of road (.3 miles)
- Turn Right onto KY 15 (3.3 miles)
- Park at a pull off at the intersection of KY 15 and Tunnel Ridge Road. The trailhead is across the road from Tunnel Ridge Road, but it is normally easier to park on the Tunnel Ridge Road side of KY 15.
- From the pull off where you parked follow trail #216 Whittleton Branch Trail to the intersection with trail #217 Whittleton Arch Trail. (1.0 miles)
- Turn left on trail #217 Whittleton Arch Trail and follow it to Whittleton Arch. (0.25 miles)
- Return by following trail #217 Whittleton Arch Trail to the intersection with trail #216 Whittleton Branch Trail. (0.25 miles)
- Turn right on trail #216 Whittleton Branch Trail and follow it back to parking area. (1.0 miles)