Natural Arch Trail

EASY 63 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.

5.9 miles
797 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers

15 days ago

Very cool trail and scenery. We only walked to arch-did not do whole loop.

1 month ago

We’ve hiked this trail several times and love it! Very pretty in the fall and spring. Hiked about 1/2 mile in today, though and saw fresh bear marks on the trail. We just turned around and headed back out!

1 month ago

Good Family trail. Took my 11yr old that has a weak lower trunk and Autism and my 4yr old. Neither had any issues walking this trail. The scenery is amazing. God's creation is just breath taking.

2 months 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

4 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

beautiful trail l really enjoyed the day.

11 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!

Monday, July 03, 2017

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.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Nice and easy trail for mostly everyone.

Monday, June 05, 2017

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.

Monday, May 15, 2017

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

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Outstanding hike good for beginners as well as experienced hikers

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!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

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

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

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

beautiful walk would have been perfect for late in the fall

Monday, July 18, 2016

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

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.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

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

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.

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