Explore the most popular walking 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.

Really good hike. Great views.

Beautiful trail in the woods, nice and shaded. Lots of water crossings after the rain but was pretty dry right now. I clocked it at 3.3 miles, gorgeous rock formations and a cute suspension bridge at the end.

Great loop with a beautiful natural bridge. Path is paved and loops. More like a roadside attraction than a trail but still a very pleasant walk to take after a long day of hiking.

I highly recommend this trail. It's a nice trail for an afternoon hike after a long day at work! The falls are gorgeous!

on Natural Arch Trail

hiking
3 days ago

It’s about a mile trek to the trail head. The start and end is a 1/4 mile of stairs. The first mile afterwards is a bit overgrown. There’s a nice rock cavern to take a quick break in a mile and a half in. 4 miles in, theres a really nice creek crossing if your hiking with dogs. You’ll actually cross the creek several. Times. Nice hike. The last stairs up are a killer and we ended up with picking off ticks from ourselves and the dogs, but a really nice hike. From the parking lot, the trek ended up being just over 7 miles

I liked this trail. Be warned we did see a rattlesnake and a copper head swimming in the pool of water where the big rock is. It’s a long trail and we didn’t get a chance to finish it. But the bridge was neat. Didn’t get to see a lot of birds, just heard them.

Lovely trail with a little bit of everything - beautiful subtropical, mountainside foliage, cardio elevation, rock walls, a cave, an arch, a river, a creek, and a the crown jewel, a waterfall. If you are a photog and want to get pics, don’t come on a weekend. My first visit was on a warm, Sunday, Spring afternoon and it was like Disneyland. If you prefer solitude or want to get pictures, then weekdays, early are good for you. Falls look great after some rain, and the splash pool is a great place to cool off. Nice picnic area and family friendly. My only complaint is the limited parking.

Nice hike with waterfall and creek that the dogs loved.

Very nice trail with different terrain types, creeks, great views. Swift Camp Creek in the Eastern section is a fav. Recommended for a nice day hike!

Hard not moderate. It takes some serious guess work and a lot of wrong turns to actually find the eagles nest but once you get up there it’s awesome.

We went earlier this week, the falls were beautiful, nice scenic route. Would love to go back after it rains.

The hike down is fun and the arch is more of a cave than anything. The hike back was pretty exhausting, be ready to sweat a bit on this one.

Worth the trip down to the base of the falls. Wish I had trunks to swim under the falls, around 14 feet deep. If you have a dog, they can get to the base of the falls without having to wade up stream. Go early morning and its empty.

Extremely easy short trail, great for when you’re short on time. You get to pass through the arches at the end. Highly recommend doing it at least once.

Well worth the hike

Really cool rock formations

I went yesterday, this trail has incredible scenery and beautiful falls! A perfect light-trail that won't wear you out but gets your blood pumping. I recommend going in the rainy season, as the creek and falls will be more full and flowing!

Beautiful trail

This trail was more impressive than I expected, particularly the basin area below the arch and the arch itself, which is massive. The elevation change will get your heart thumping.

hiking
21 days ago

Easy trail, great for families. Beautiful waterfall.

Great trail! It was raining the first half of our hike but it was worth it. We were worried about the ground being slick but it wasn’t bad at all. Definitely recommend this trail.

Nice quick hike. Easy to find. I really don’t get the asphalt paving. Just let people walk on earth.

Easy hike. Make sure to dip your toes in the falls.

This trail is a moderate trail. There are a few waterfalls along the way to Vanhook. There is only one place to sit at a bench to rest and that is at Vanhook falls, but there are some rocks if you don’t mind sitting on them. At times it seems like you should have already made it but once you get there you will know. When I went I didn’t see anyone on the trail. It was a weekday and it was pretty nice out so I’m surprised there wasn’t at least one other person. The hills aren’t bad at all, it’s mainly the length that may tire a few people. Overall, a good hike.

hiking
25 days ago

nice trail with decent scenery.

I was not able to find the hidden trail :(

Great little hike. Family friendly.
Also great views.

A must if you are hiking the Red River Gorge for the first time. Unbelievable views and good distance if you do the loop.

beautiful walk in the woods. fairly easy trail and some gorgeous views.

We hiked this trail yesterday and I have to say it’s now one of my favorites.

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