Mantle Rock Trail

EASY 5 reviews

Mantle Rock Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Smithland, KY that features a cave and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

1.3 miles 154 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

cave

forest

rocky

hiking
5 months ago

Trail was well marked and the arch was cool. Nice hike for a family not to difficult for younger kids.

6 months ago

If you want a short easy hike with kids, follow the sign to "Arch" from parking area. Then come back. When you get to the arch you can continue on to the left for a fun trail that loops around. I'm not sure how long it was but it took us forever with our kids and they and we were both exhausted by the end of the loop. Very narrow at some points and not marked very well. But it was beautiful with caves and rocks to explore. Watch out for snakes.

hiking
1 year ago

The trail is actually 2.75 mile loop. I only walked to Mantle Rock and back. This made the hike about a mile and well worth. I will go back with more time to do the rest. There seems to be some debate on if the Cherokee Indians forces out of the Carolinas camped under the rock or just near this rock on the road. It is still worth visiting and is an impressive land bridge with a tree under it.

1 year ago

Short loop trail has a large natural rock bridge and large natural shelter. Part of the trail of tears. If passing through the area it is worth while.