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Natural Arch Scenic Area, Whitley City

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#37 of 46 in Historic Sites in Kentucky
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  • Kentucky has a lot of arches and I love hiking to them. This one has a good trail to the over look for viewing it at a distance and a trail leading to it to a closer view which is fantastic but I didn...  more »
  • The arch its self is amazing to see, but the area is so poorly kept up that its almost scary to be there.  more »
  • The viewing area for this arch is an easy walk from the parking lot. Easy to find. The view in October would be awesome, Rainy April, not so much. There is a trail that leads to the arch, but we did n...  more »
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  • Love this place! It's overlook to the arch is really close to the park, easy access for older family members. Great picnic area. It's also big enough for weddings and large family reunion. The walking trails are good as well.
  • I love hiking and these trails wrap through some beautiful woods where you often can't see anything but forest as far as you look. I only reviewed this as 3 stars because I think the trails could be better suited to visitors to the area. There were very helpful white diamond markers along the trails but that was about it. A few more signs along the trails indicating where the trail led may have been helpful. We mistakenly hiked the 1 mile trail after hiking the 5 mile trail because we didn't know where to go and turned the wrong way. Also, there are signs at one point on the 5 mile trail that boldly say "No Trespassing" and then written lightly underneath it said "Hikers OK" in marker that seems to have worn off - these unclear signs almost caused us to take another wrong turn. If I had to revise the trail directions online, I would change them to say: Follow Natural Arch Loop Trail #510 from the parking area past the overlooks, down the steps, and through Natural Arch. At the fork in the trail, take the right fork. The trail will descend from the cliffline to Spruce Creek. You will cross Spruce Creek and then come to Forest Service Road 5266. Follow the road to a low water crossing. Less than 100 yards after crossing Cooper Creek, you will come to a road junction. (No Trespassing signs shortly after this junction – when you get closer you will see these no trespassing signs are for motor vehicles.) Follow the road and diamond-shaped trail markers for about a mile. The trail will then leave the road and cross Cooper Creek again. The trail will follow Gulf Fork and Cutoff Branch back to the junction with Natural Arch Loop Trail #510 at the base of the stairs. Follow Trail #510 up these stairs and when at a fork where you can go on a concrete path to your left or continue following the trail to your right, turn left, where you will see the amphitheater after a few minutes of walking. I would only recommend this 5 mile trail to individuals hoping to get in a good workout. If you are looking to have a more leisurely time, the one mile trail is quick and very scenic. Lastly, don't forget your bug spray! We forgot ours but had gone in the spring so didn't come out with a bunch of bites but there were lots of little irritating bugs and we did see some ticks.
  • GREAT VIEW! Easy to locate. Easy hiking, my 7 year old kid loved it and normally he's lazy for this kind of stuff.
  • Great hike. Very scenic.
  • There are 2 overlooks and a nice hike down to the base of the arch. It is about 1 mile down and back. We loved the hike and beauty of the rocks. Good for kids ages 3-4 and older. We brought our 2.5 year old and he did good, but got tiered and needed to be carried majority of way back up the trail. Our 5 year old did this hike easily.