Whittleton Branch Trail [CLOSED]

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Natural Bridge State Park

Whittleton Branch Trail [CLOSED] is a 2.5 mile heavily 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 bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 331 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

cave

forest

views

waterfall

closed

no dogs

Note: This trail is currently closed due to COVID-19.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

A great easy trail for all ages! The hike was a total 3.4 miles from start to finish. The arch/waterfall at the turnaround is definitely worth the mud you trek through!

hiking
6 months ago

Took our 6 and 4 yr olds. Decent hike. Arch is cool. Tight spots along the way for little ones.

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

Waterfall low, but gorgeous hike!

hiking
8 months ago

This is a great trail for young children! The path is easy and the view is beautiful, the water is accessible in many places which the kids love! I will definitely take this trail again!!

recorded Whittleton Branch Trail

hiking
bugs
scramble
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail for a family hike including the dogs. Skinny at times and some washouts, but completely manageable.

hiking
9 months ago

Very nice trail. The view is well worth the last hill.

hiking
bugs
9 months ago

It looks like a great trail with lots of potential. Sadly I think we found the source of all mosquitos in the gorge. Continous swarms of them forced us to turn back after just 1/2 mile.Other places we hiked that same day were not nearly as bad.

hiking
9 months ago

Fun little trail

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muddy
9 months ago

Good trail muddy in some parts. Trail gets narrow in a few sections and there is a little section that is washing out. Great for kids and the end was well worth the hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Pretty cool hike... creeks, caves and a trickle waterfall. Our 9 and 3 year olds did very well on it.

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

A little muddy, but even in July the trees provide enough shade for comfortable hiking.

hiking
10 months ago

would recommend to trail. parts of the upper section before the turn have been washed off and rerouted, not clearly marked.

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

We did this trail on July 4th when the rest of the Red River Gorge area was fairly busy. We luckily had the trail to ourselves with the exception of one group on their way out while we were heading in and one couple heading in while we were nearly finishing up. It was muddy but nothing that gave my boots any trouble. My partner wore Merrell Gloves which are much more lightweight. His feet didn’t fare as well but there was little trouble outside of his soggy toes. This was a gorgeous trail that we will be crossing again very soon.

hiking
11 months ago

So muddy, but the arch was pretty cool! We were the only ones on the trail today (a Tuesday afternoon).

hiking
muddy
11 months ago

It was a rainy day and the trail was muddy but we had it all to ourselves. It’s a nice hike.

Mon May 27 2019

Beautiful rock face past the grotto

hiking
bugs
muddy
Thu May 09 2019

muddy
Sun Apr 21 2019

awesome! muddy in places but a beautiful trail that runs along a creek.

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muddy
off trail
Tue Apr 16 2019

Sun Mar 24 2019

A little muddy at parts but definitely worth it!

hiking
Fri Mar 22 2019

Great Arch. Worth the muddy conditions.

Sat Dec 29 2018

One of my favorite trails.

hiking
Sun Nov 25 2018

Great easy trail and beautiful views

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