Explore the most popular views trails in Daniel Boone National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The terrain made for a very fun hike. The views were incredible, especially the view of Double Arch.

Awesome experience for a shorter hike!!

It was a stunning trail, but I'll never hike it again. Also, if you're not use to hiking, this trail is not for you.

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.

hiking
6 days ago

I didn’t mind the gravel road. It follows a ridge line through the woods and was very pleasant. We combined this hike with Star Arch which made a 6.25 mile hike. It was easy walking with staircases for the few steep sections. Some views of Courthouse Rock and nice views from the arch.

hiking
6 days ago

Great arch! Easy to reach the top. A little scary going down to actually see the arch. You have to scramble down a sandstone face to a narrow one foot wide ledge at the edge of a sheer cliff which you follow to the arch. Don’t attempt if you are not sure-footed or if you are afraid of heights.

‘This is NOT a moderate trail!!! If the section between Bison Way and the Adena Arch were any more difficult we’d need respelling gear. Indian Staircase is one of the best spots in the gorge, but skip Adena Arch or do it as a spur and take Sheltowee back to Bison Way. This route is given in the “Indian Staircase “ trail. We hiked this route to allow my dying father to relive his gorge memories through the photos. I don’t think we’ll go this route again. If you do decide to hike it, go clockwise. This puts you going DOWN Indian Staircase, but that is better than going down the cliff from Adena Arch. My Dads directions: At the first side trail off Bison Way, go straight up the steep hill. When it looks like the trail ends, look up. You will see roots and vines in a crack in the rock. Climb them. Then you come to sandstone without a real path that you scramble up. Adena Arch is at the top. After that you just follow the cliff edge on your right... You know what? He hasn’t been there in at least 10 years but that was a perfect description. I guessed I thought he was exaggerating since the trail was rated moderate. Also, make sure you use the app to follow your progress on the trail map. There are a lot of unmarked crisscrossing paths.

hiking
6 days ago

This is probably the best route for hiking Indian Staircase as if avoids the VERY tough nearly vertical climb/descent between Bison Way trail and the Adena Arch. It is a fabulous hike with great views, great geology, and great history. The Indian Staircase trail is an unmarked trail that both starts and ends at the Sheltowee Trace Trail. Tips for finding the correct route: Take Bison Way then left on Sheltowee Trace Trail. After the SECOND stream crossing and a U in the trail take the well traveled unmarked trail to the right. At the top of the Staircase stay on the well trod path near the cliff edge in a giant U until you return to the Sheltowee Trace Trail. Take a left and follow it back to Bison Way.

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.

hiking
7 days ago

great hiking trail! i want to go back and do the super loop which this is part of.

my favorite trail. I love cloud splitter. it is all up hill and hard to climb through the rock but awesome hike

Easy hike for all ages; great views!

hiking
9 days ago

This turned out to be a great little outing! Admittedly there are more impressive arches and trails with better vistas, but the historical Red River (Fitchburg) Furnace at the parking area was worth the trip by itself. To find the spot, put “Fitchburg, KY” in your GPS. You’ll pass a sign saying you’re entering “Fitchburg Historical Site.” Drive a littler farther and you’ll see the parking and furnace on the left. The furnace is quite impressive and in good condition. It offers picnic tables but no bathrooms. Go up the stairs to the left of the furnace and take the trail off to the left. This will bring you behind the lodge of the church camp. Follow the road bearing left at the fork. The trail starts across from the picnic shelter. It crosses a bridge and then splits. Take the right fork straight up the hill. Wear good footwear—it is quite steep. Not my definition of an easy trail at all. Also, there is a rift down the center of the trail narrow but several feet deep. Follow the silver triple hexagon markers up the hill. You will reach a stone outcropping at about 0.2 mi. After you catch your breath, take the right fork following the dark blue hexagons another 0.1 mi. To Windy Cave, which is really more of a window than a cave. The trail continues to the top of the ridge but is overgrown with poison ivy and thorn bushes, so we did not continue. Maybe the cave was further on. We headed back to the rock outcropping and chose to take the other fork which is a much longer route back. It goes past a few small waterfalls that were just trickling and the back side of the cliff with the windy window arch. It makes a “U” along a plateau below the rock cliffs before making a rather steep decent that was made treacherous by mud and wet leaves before crossing the valley floor back to the picnic shelter. We followed the road back through the Asbury RV Park to the main road and back to the car. In all it was a 2mi 1.5 hr hike and well worth the trip. I would definitely not have listed it as “easy” though.

this trail is closex

hiking
11 days ago

easy peasy

Loved it. Will be going back.

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.

Beautiful views and terrain.

backpacking
13 days ago

Nice flat hike at the top. We camped right before you head down until the valley.

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

hiking
14 days ago

Came into falls from princess falls side wish the trail was marked a little better but was pretty easy
Beautiful Falls

Took our Cub Scout den yesterday. Had a great time. Fall colors were perfect !

hiking
17 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.

The trail along Auxier ridge was wonderful, particularly with the fall colors. The were several really nice overlooks along the way.
We also looped over and took double arch trail back. This was mostly a gravel road so I would suggest taking the Courthouse trail back instead.

hiking
18 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.

hiking
19 days ago

descent little hike , not to hard but not alot to see.

nice view and good hike for afternoon with the family. It's a good little hike

great place for a day hike and a picnic.

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