Whittleton Branch Trail is a 0.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Pine Ridge, KY that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Trailhead immediately across from start of Tunnel Road. Park alongside road in small pull off area on Tunnel Road side. Switch back down from trailhead to easy hike along stream. Well marked trail. Best to go after good rain when stream and couple waterfalls flow. Natural Bridge is cavarn like. Good add on hike to other hikes in area. see pics at instagram.com/hikingandexploring
The hike to Whittelton arch is one of my favorite hikes in the Gorge.
We usually start in the Whittelton campground, hike along Whittelton Branch, visit the arch and then return to the campground. We've also made this hike part of much longer hikes around the Red River Gorge, since the trail continues on the Koomer Ridge Road. The upper section of Whittelton Branch is also very pretty.
There is another small arch near Whittelton Campground, which is very small, but worth the short trip to see.
This hike is an excellent addition to any trip to Natural Bridge, which is just across the road from the campground.
It's not the best trail for a rainy day though, it gets very muddy.
This trail runs along the river which is really nice unless it has rained, then this trail becomes a MESS and should be avoided. The trail is listed at 2 miles in-and-out total. This is inaccurate. A large portion of the trail is washed out and the detour adds another half mile each way. The detour is clear but takes you up and around the washed out area. Other than this, this arch is much different from any other arch in the gorge. It is as big as Grays but you can climb up the back, with some rock scrambling, and climb up on top of this arch. The mountain river flows over the edge of the arch for a beautiful waterfall. There are plenty o rocks to climb on once you reach the arch but the trail is rather narrow in many areas. It is also not trafficked much for being on a campground.
had a good time on this trail meet some real nice people other then that real good short hike ...................
Great trail. The only trail we found that allowed dogs in the Natural Bridge State park. We camped in Whittleton Campground. And hiked this our last day. Great shade and perfect for hot days and morning hikes. 6 year old and 8 year old did fine on this trail.
This trail starts as whittleton branch trail, it starts at the whittleton campground. Go to the dead end of the campground and hike 1 mile up whittleton branch trail and whittleton arch trail goes to the right. Hike half a mile and you are at the arch. Great arch!