SUMMARY: An easy hike to a beautiful waterfall and arch. This is a very popular hike as it is one of the few arches in Red River Gorge passing over water.
RATING: Easy Loop Hike (about 1.5 miles) Restrooms are available at trailhead. While this trail does have a descent a ascent it is pretty easy because it is mostly paved and steps are carved throughout the hike.
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 1 to 2 hours (less than 2 hours) to enjoy this hike, and spend some time resting and enjoying both the waterfall and arch.
DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD:
- From rest area at exit #33 off of the Mountain State Parkway Turn left, and return to the Mountain State Park – West (8.0 miles)
- Take Exit 40 for for KY-15/KY-715 toward Beattyville. (0.3 miles)
- Turn right at KY-15 N/KY-715 N. (0.7 miles)
- Take the 1st right onto KY-715 N. (0.4 miles)
- Turn right on Rock Bridge Road. (3.1 miles)
- Go to the end of the road and park in the Rock Bridge Picnic Area.
- From the Rock Bridge Picnic Area follow trail #207 Rock Bridge Trail from the first trailhead as you pull into the parking area. Follow trail to overlook for waterfall. (0.7 miles)
- Continue on trail #207 Rock Bridge Trail until you arrive at Rock Bridge. (0.1 miles)
- Continue on trail #207 Rock Bridge Trail until you arrive at Junction for trail #219 Swift Camp Creek Trail. (0.2 miles)
- Stay left on trail #207 Rock Bridge Trail until you arrive back at Rock Bridge Picnic Area after passing a nice overlook. (0.5 miles)