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wow, I thought I had seen all the arches , this is a must see!! the little falls past the arch is so beautiful... don't miss this hike!!!

If you have kids or just a short time in the gorge, you can do Angels Window, Whistling Arch and Sky Bridge and see 3 arches without much time,travel,or effort.

It was definitely difficult this time of year. Most of the hike was muddy and slick with all the fallen leaves, but the views of red river were amazing!! My second time doing this trail and will definitely do it again.

This trail was not easy at all. It’s straight uphill. Didn’t see anywhere that said you had to do the very hard trail to get to the easy trail. They have the trails detoured because of construction. You have to cross a creek to even get to the trail. It was a pretty hike but a heads up would’ve been nice.

easy peasy

Loved it. Will be going back.

camping
16 days ago

Was a fairly difficult hike with a 40lb pack on my back but was beautiful and worth spending the night. October 2018

Beautiful trail! A good amount of uphill to the overlook, but nothing a moderately in shape adult couldn't do. Trails were nice, and we didn't see anyone else. Just the friendly dog that guided us on our hike! The overlook is amazing, and well worth seeing. The fall colors were beautiful, and I'll definitely go back.

Even on a cold and rainy day it was still worth it.

very nice short hike beautiful

hiking
21 days ago

An easy trail with a history. Locals should do it at least once.

hiking
22 days ago

Its a choose your own adventure hike. The Natural Arch trail loop is only a bit over a mile but if you are looking to enjoy the longer hike take the bear canyon trail loop. The split is obvious and there are some great shots to see in addition to the Arch. It's trailhead is also a campground which is a plus. enjoy!

I loved this trail!! Did it as a backpacking trail!!

Nice trail. Great views.

hiking
1 month ago

I’ve always loved Carter Caves!!! Get out an ‘splore’ KY!!! It’s the most beautiful state!!!

This is an amazing hike! Do not let the easy start fool you! There is stairs, sketchy half spiral boxy? Stairs. Steep footings down, coming back up I definitely felt more secure! I’m 46 in moderate shape I found it mildly challenging. Other hikers brought children, personally I wouldn’t but be the judge of your children’s abilities. But I highly recommend this because the arch is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever witnessed!

Hike is beautiful with big open trails, beauty all along the path. The finale is the waterfall at the end with the luxury of a comfortable bench on a platform to enjoy the view.

See Chris Seanard’s review. Would recommend close toed shoes for this trail.

I would agree that this trail is hard...hard to stay interested in. It’s an ok walk through the woods, but not very interesting compared to other trails in the area. We lost interest after about 2.5 miles and found another trail with more interesting features.
There was cool lunch spot near the river at about 2.5 miles.

Great for the whole family. We took the River Road Trail, not labeled, down to the palisades.

hiking
1 month ago

I wouldn't call this one easy. More of a moderate-strenuous. Lots of ups and downs, very rocky and cliffy. It was very wet due to very large amount of rain Saturday, but that helped to have running falls and cascades. I enjoyed it very much.. I seen deer 50ft away from me, watched a hawk try for a fish and lots of mushrooms and creepy crawlies. Only down fall, foliage blocks the best views of waterfalls, so spring or winter to see the best.

We did the full 6+ mile loop. The trail is great and we'll maintained. Be prepared to wade through at least one creek. There was only one spot that was a little confusing but if you look closely you can tell which path is more well traveled.
As a side note after hiking some other local trails I'd rate this as more of a Moderate difficulty as there is some good climbs towards the end if you're going clockwise around the trail.

We did this trail last fall. Four 60 year olds. It was not to difficult for our of shape old people. The fall views were awesome!

on Lick Falls Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Go in the evening to catch some deer down in the springs!

hiking
2 months ago

The view is amazing on this trail!

Fun trail! View at top is amazing and there’s usually a dog that will lead the way

Honestly the many things that you see along the way are just as impressive as the falls itself! Sadly there was a lot of trash on the trail but otherwise it was amazing!

hiking
2 months ago

It was pouring rain before our hike, but it slacked off to a light sprinkle while we made our way to the top. The view was incredible! The fog and mist from the rain made for a beautiful view.

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