Whittleton Branch Trail

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Whittleton Branch Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pine Ridge, Kentucky that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
544 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

views

waterfall

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2 months ago

Tons of people on this trail, especially since the trailhead starts on the back end of a campground that is usually busy anyways. So be prepared to see a lot of people, and as an out-and-back trail it's even busier, naturally. There are lots of muddy spots, and if you have younger children then slow the pace down. But you can't beat how beautiful this trail is and the arch at the end is amazing! If you're looking for a quieter trail, head over to the RRG.

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3 months ago

Really cool Arch for people who have already done most of the epic stuff at the Red already

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9 months ago

Nice and easy trail, the arch at the end is very pretty

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10 months ago

Trailhead immediately across from start of Tunnel Road. Park alongside road in small pull off area on Tunnel Road side. Switch back down from trailhead to easy hike along stream. Well marked trail. Best to go after good rain when stream and couple waterfalls flow. Natural Bridge is cavarn like. Good add on hike to other hikes in area. see pics at instagram.com/hikingandexploring

Sunday, July 17, 2016

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Sunday, October 04, 2015

The hike to Whittelton arch is one of my favorite hikes in the Gorge.
We usually start in the Whittelton campground, hike along Whittelton Branch, visit the arch and then return to the campground. We've also made this hike part of much longer hikes around the Red River Gorge, since the trail continues on the Koomer Ridge Road. The upper section of Whittelton Branch is also very pretty.
There is another small arch near Whittelton Campground, which is very small, but worth the short trip to see.
This hike is an excellent addition to any trip to Natural Bridge, which is just across the road from the campground.
It's not the best trail for a rainy day though, it gets very muddy.

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Saturday, May 09, 2015

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

This trail runs along the river which is really nice unless it has rained, then this trail becomes a MESS and should be avoided. The trail is listed at 2 miles in-and-out total. This is inaccurate. A large portion of the trail is washed out and the detour adds another half mile each way. The detour is clear but takes you up and around the washed out area. Other than this, this arch is much different from any other arch in the gorge. It is as big as Grays but you can climb up the back, with some rock scrambling, and climb up on top of this arch. The mountain river flows over the edge of the arch for a beautiful waterfall. There are plenty o rocks to climb on once you reach the arch but the trail is rather narrow in many areas. It is also not trafficked much for being on a campground.

Sunday, June 08, 2014