Natural Arch Trail

EASY 57 reviews

Natural Arch Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Whitley City, Kentucky that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
797 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
1 day 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

2 months ago

Easy trail with a few steps. Beautiful overlook and then an easy walk to under the arch. Good for a quick adventure

hiking
7 months ago

Fairly easy trail. Arch is worth seeing, other cool geological formations. Best view of arch is during late fall-early spring.

7 months ago

beautiful trail l really enjoyed the day.

hiking
9 months ago

This trail was very easy for my toddler and I! It was a gorgeous view and the hidden treasure beyond the arch was amazing!

10 months ago

Nice trail. Short handicap accessible paved walkway to the main overview of the arch. Takes no more than 10 minutes to arrive at that point.

10 months ago

The majority of the trail is wide and flat. No matter which side of loop you start the end is a hard up hill climb. The trail runs along a creek with several easy crossings. Youngest in our group is 4 yo and he managed well.

hiking
11 months ago

The US Forest Service calls this the Buffalo Canyon Trail (#508). It is a fantastic trail but a bit harder for an old, out of shape guy like me!

11 months ago

Nice and easy trail for mostly everyone.

hiking
11 months ago

Some friends and I hiked this trail last week with several children in our group and had a lot of fun. We did the shorter loop due to the kids. I would consider this an easy hike, even though there are stairs.

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

Arch is beautiful, but quite a few stairs. Otherwise nice hike and some beautiful scenery!

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Very easy hike, the trail goes down so just be prepared for the hike back up. :)

hiking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Outstanding hike good for beginners as well as experienced hikers

hiking
Monday, May 08, 2017

very pretty trail....lots to see. There was a lot of rain before we went and had to get creative on how to cross the creek.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Great scenery, easy hiking! Love it!

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Pretty easy trail, except for when you have to wade through​ a river to continue on with the trail.

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

We just did the arch and the loop trail that encircles the “arch mountain” and it is really cool. If you are into giant boulders/rock formations, this is a nice short little hike. Planning on doing the Buffalo Canyon trail next.

Friday, October 21, 2016

It's amazing how Beautiful it is here and it's really easy

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Beautiful trail, down hill on the way to the Natural Arch, uphill with quite a few stairs on the way back, but a very nice, easy trail, mostly paved. Beautiful overlooks and scenic views. Costs $3 to park

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

beautiful walk would have been perfect for late in the fall

walking
Monday, July 18, 2016

loved it.. beautiful.. and easy enough for my 4 year old to enjoy!

hiking
Sunday, February 28, 2016

Very nice parking lot/ picnic areas at beginning of trail . ( There is a $3 fee to use area ... You just leave in envelope at entrance , so having some ones would be handy ). Nice paved trail all the way to the arch , some stairs .... Once you get to arch you can follow the trail under it and walk all around the base of the arch ... Nice dirt trail ... Some small hills , would be fine for kids.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

It was a decent hike. If you do the other trail with this it's challenging but a good hike.

hiking
Thursday, May 21, 2015

It's a good place to hike. The arch is really neat, and it's a decent loop.

hiking
Friday, April 03, 2015

I love this trail. close to home and a good workout. The trail gets a bit creepy when you come to the gravel road. Houses and people that aren't happy with hikers trekking around. Bring a buddy on this hike and stay safe.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

It's a great place to explore and have the dogs run around. I will warn you though, GO ON A DRY DAY! The stairs are very slippery if just slightly damp, and the stones on the trail are slick. Also it's always fun to find a way up the arch!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Great day hike! The Arch is beautiful. Most of the 508 loop is a nice hike, but when it converges with the gravel road it gets muddy and rutted up. Otherwise, it's a relaxing hike.

hiking
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

really great trail and our first hike. it worked out great. the trail was well marked and very easily followed. we saw alot of wildlife and got some decent pictures. there were a couple of trees down along the way, but they were pretty easily climbed over. we took the 510 trail to the arch and then picked up the 508 behind teh arch so essentially, we went backwards, but this is the way i would recommend anyone go. the only other thing i would recommend that hikers be aware of is copperhead snakes. we did encounter 3 of them during the hike. they are easily overlooked so pay attention and be careful not to step on them

hiking
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

We started at the arch, which is a very quick and easy hike. It is amazing and breathtaking. From there, we continued hiking on Buffalo canyon, which is the 508 loop. This was a long hike for our young family ( 3 children under 9), but they enjoyed the streams which we followed through most of the hike. The only negative was that there were two large fallen trees blocking the trail and at one point the trail split and there were white markers on both trails which made us dead end into a large area full of poison ivy.

The kids loved playing in the streams. We hiked two days after a 3- day downpour so many of the streams were overflowing and at one crossing, the lake was up to my knees. We knew we were going to wade in the creek so we brought hiking sandals and were fine with getting wet. Overall a beautiful hike enjoyed by all.

hiking
Monday, May 27, 2013

My husband and I hated this trail because of the fact that the 5 mile loop DON'T loop it dead ends and you can get lost and it's a long walk and not a fun time!!

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