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Easy trail, good view.

We camped at Whittleton Campground so this was our first hike of the weekend. It was REALLY muddy! But nice! We had hiked to the arch from HWY 15 but never in this way. The sign to the Arch was little hidden and we actually hiked past but quickly got back on track. The Arch is gorgeous and a great place to take a break and explore.

Beautiful arch and also if you go up some more there is a small cliff, a little dangerous for kids as there is no rails on that cliff. It is less than a mile walk and not bad at all.

hiking
12 days ago

No words for this trail. Had an amazing time.

Easy trail that leads to an incredible views

Nice view at the top but you will be ascending quite a bit.

hiking
16 days ago

A fantastic, family friendly short trail for first timers with a decent pay off at the end. The views around the arch are awesome, be careful on top of the arch, it is a bit slanted to the side

backpacking
16 days ago

This fantastic trail offers amazing views and interesting views of rock formations, I can wait to go back after the leaves change colors. Saw the biggest rattle snake I have ever seen after climbing up a set of rock stairs, at least 5 feet long. I would not recommend children under 8 on this trail as it gets very narrow with massive drop offs toward the end.

We thought this would be an easy going loop to finish up a nice weekend but the trails are super confusing. There is not that „one loop“ we ended up doing several loops and crossing paths we did before and had to take some trails twice. There are definitely nice views but the trail system seemed like a maze.

hiking
23 days ago

Great time hiking. Beautiful views. I would definitely do it again.

Easy hike down which was perfect for our three year old. We went after a day of heavy rain so we expected to see a waterfall, but there was not a waterfall at the end of this trail. Just rocks with a few drips of water coming off of them. Pretty disappointing.

We enjoyed hiking in Natural Bridge State Park. The Original Trail was a nice hike, easily done after dinner with 4 boys, ages 4-12. the views were amazing. There were very few others around when we took the after dinner hike on a Monday evening, however Tuesday afternoon there were lots of people around. It never fails that there's a few fools trying to become a statistic in front of your kids... That's unfortunate.

On Tuesday we hiked the longer way, crossed the Natural Bridge and on to Lover's Leap, then down Devil's Gulch. It was more great scenery. there was one section where we were walking on the edge for 50 feet, but not bad - just keep kids by the hand.

Good hike with a cool finish. The bridge is awesome and you can even hike around to see it from afar as well. Lots of side views to explore, and none of it was too difficult.

hiking
29 days ago

It was alright, the trail maps (from the park) and trail signs poorly judge the distance to and from different points. Also at several times the trails were quite overgrown with poison ivy. However, the arch itself was beautiful along with the sights through the arch. I would highly suggest taking the final trail to walk across the arch for the higher view of the valley and other ridges!

Did the original trail this past Saturday. Good trail. Not very long and good elevation gain. Trail was very busy with hikers because of the great weather.

hiking
1 month ago

I tried hiking this trail last Saturday morning. A tree had fallen across the road so I wasn’t able to access the parking lot. Tried hiking later in the day and between the sun, heat and me being tired of hiking multiple other trails. I was unable to complete. Will try again another time.

1 month ago

Easy short walk and great views. You have to drive 5 miles on a bumpy gravel road to get to the trailhead. See princess arch while you’re here too.

This is one of the most beautiful places in Kentucky!........I heard that from an experienced Ohio hiker as well as a Kentucky native who hikes all over the state. Needless to say, I had to go. Once you arrive at State Park Lodge parking area, there are several hiking trails leading up to the Natural Bridge and all are short (less than a mile) located at the trailheads behind the lodge. We chose to take the "Original Trail" to the Battleship Rock Trail (one bridge out; however, you can easily get around it), up the Devil's Gulch Stairway, a side trek to Lover's Leap (well worth the extra 20 minute round trip), and back onto the trail leading atop the bridge. There is a sign at the end of the bridge showing you the way to under the bridge or another side trek to Balanced Rock. Unfortunately, we did not have time to do this trek due to it getting dark. From there, you can take the main trail back to the trailhead.

I would say most people will be able to hike this trail. Elders & inexperienced hikers should not take the Devil's Gulch Stairway as it is steep and one wrong mis-step would end it all. By staying on the "Original Trail" the entire way, most should be able to maneuver it without any troubles.

For me, this was an easy "5-star" hiking area. There are a lot of things to do in this area and next time I will plan to stay at least 3-4 days.
Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

Love this trail. Not a lot of up and down hills. Not to hard if you have someone a little out of shape with you. Beautiful views.

battleship had a bridge out. not good with kids, which I had 2

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful views, going back to do the loop.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was very pretty and I enjoyed being in dense woods. The rock formations all along the trail were fantastic, and climaxed at the double arch. Our group enjoyed exploring and even saw some cool wildlife, such as a small green snake, a lizard, and a black widow spider.

I would warn anyone who is planning to go on this hike that there are obvious hazards (such as the aforementioned spider), but also a ton of poison ivy. My sister is very allergic, so we had to be exceedingly careful to avoid it. This need for caution did detract from the overall enjoyability of the hike. Despite this, the four star rating is still well earned.

Good views from the top. Would definitely consider this an easy-moderate hike

The original trail was full of people on the way up and pretty easy - lots of steps and places to rest. We took Battleship on the way down and saw no one. One bridge is still out (like a previous commenter said) but passable with some scrambling. There weren't any signs indicating the bridge being out either. Worth it though!

Nice trail! Not too difficult even with toddlers. Great scenery. Mid on trail is possibility so wear good shoes.

Beautiful views. Apparently it’s a pretty popular trail. Several people there by the time I arrived at 9:30 a.m. and the parking lot was full by 12:30 p.m. when I was leaving on a Friday. I would rate it as moderate. I didn’t make it to Courthouse because the dog was nervous about the stairs, would like to go back and do the loop.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views!

Perfect for a relaxing hike, not too strenuous or difficult! Gorgeous views and plenty of great spots for pictures!

love this place!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail! Easy first half with the gravel road. After dropping into the gorge, your greeted with some great rock formations, cliffs, and shelters. After arriving to the arch, be sure to climb on top and to the left for an incredible 360 degree view. Just be careful, the first 150’ step is a doozie! Do some exploring on top as well in the opposite direction.

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