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Trails rated easy & less than 3 miles.

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A really good hike but can be challenging at times

Awesome experience for a shorter 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.

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.

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.

Easy hike for all ages; great views!

hiking
15 days ago

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.

hiking
15 days ago

easy peasy

My husband and I completed this hike on 11/3/18. Beautiful fall foliage, crowded place, limited parking, lots of doggies, and not a super easy hike. It's best if you go in and out on the same trail nearest to the bathrooms. The waterfall is gorgeous and the hike is beautiful. I would do it again. I wouldn't recommend going if it's rainy or snowy, it might get very slick.

Nice mix of woods and ridge line. Pretty good climbs on back half on way to Pinch em Tight. The arch itself is great.

Very nice trail ! View was awesome !

Nice trail, beautiful view!

hiking
20 days ago

We did this hike on a weekday in late October so crowds were not an issue.
The trail was much better than expected with great views and the Arch was very striking. There was a fair amount of uphill in the way out.
The Kommer ridge and Rough trail afforded us some great views and overlooks if the gorge.

hiking
22 days ago

Our go to short hike. Metal grated stairs at end get the heart rate up just in time to collapse in the car if you haven't been keeping up with your cardio but also scare our dogs so will not be bringing them along in the future. A nice hike any season you choose. Found Sunday evenings in particular to be our favorite time to hike here. Few to no other hikers even during tourist season.

great place for a day hike and a picnic.

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.

very nice short hike beautiful

Two days ago there was and likely still is an enormous water filled pot hole. We had AWD Pilot and went through on the more shallow R side going in and did just fine. But would not recommend if you don't have 4 WD truck or SUV. A couple sedans did go through but entire hoods were mud covered and surprised it didn't kill the engine. We always love Princess and Chimney Top Rock.

Amazing views of the gorge from the Sky Bridge and surrounding trail! An easy loop for me and my dog - although I did have to carry him up the few metal steps. :) I would do this hike again and bring others!

hiking
1 month ago

very nice trail and the arch is impressive

Great loop trail with a variety of views. My first at RRG and a good way to start the day. Went clockwise, which made it a tougher last leg. Our dog enjoyed it, too!

Excellent views - went clockwise and it was easy to miss the turn back but good workout and a lovely stream to cool yourself off in

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Pictures of the place are more impressive than the site itself! Very easy in and out. Was very crowded when I was there and very noisy. I would say go see it with your own eyes. Was a pun photo opp for us!

Very easy small hike! Beautiful flora & fauna! Views are amazing and just a fun place to visit! Highly recommend!

This place is beautiful! I will definitely be back! The walk down was very easy! The out a little bit more as all down/ups can be. So worth the hike! It was very crowded being the height of fall foliage. The water was surprisingly not as cold as expected! Oddly, most folks including my electrical devices froze and lost power trying to take pictures of Rock Bridge?!? Can not wait to go back in warm weather! Kids are welcome if you must... I love meeting the fur babies along the way(psst bring the doggies they’ll love it!)

Nice lookout. Some graffiti on the trail, which is disappointing.

The best view!! I am Terrified of heights but the bridge is wide enough that I felt safe, even with my dogs by my side. Warning to anyone with dogs- the stairs are open iron grids and my dogs did NOT enjoy it on their paws. Other than that, no complaints! There was an amazing breeze on top of the bridge.

hiking
1 month ago

Short, easy. Good to do with chimney rock since they’re right next to each other.

I loved this trail loop! Having just left New England, this trail was some much needed peace and quiet. I saw a total of 2 groups (one group of three young adults, and another consisting of a father and three young children.) The scenery was a gorgeous array of geological formations, second growth forest, and ridge line canopy. The leaves were just starting to change leaving splashes of yellow and red dotting the forest floor. The way out of the valley, from under the arch definitely had me sweating but the cool breeze blowing on the ridge and the stunning views made the work well worth it.

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