Silvermine Arch Trail is a 1.5 mile out and back trail located near Pine Ridge, KY that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
This trail leaves the backpacker's parking area at Koomer Ridge Campground and follows a dry wooded ridge northeast to Silvermine Arch, a natural arch with a large waterfall below the cliff. A spur trail leads back to Koomer Ridge Campground.
*I will preface this by saying that the hike to the arch is easy, but the hike back is of a more moderate difficulty due to the series of uphill climbs and super long set of stairs.
This is a great little day hike that begins right at Koomer Ridge Campground. The first half of the hike stays very near the outskirts of the campground, taking you past the amphitheater and several campsites. at about the midpoint, there is an east-facing overlook that is great for sunrises and lunch stops. The trail then begins a decent beginning with a rather long staircase. The remainder of the trail takes you through lush rhododendron stands. The arch is very shaded and mossy. When water levels allow, there is a nice waterfall feature. There are also several boulders to climb around on.
Overall, a nice hike with varying terrains and points of interest along the way!
This trail is off of the koomer ridge campground. It is a fairly easy trail that isn't that scenic until you get to the arch. That being said, no hike is a bad hike.