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.

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

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

cave

forest

views

waterfall

no dogs

hiking
muddy
4 hours ago

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

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

hiking
muddy
14 days 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Beautiful rock face past the grotto

hiking
bugs
muddy
2 months ago

muddy
2 months ago

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

hiking
muddy
off trail
3 months ago

3 months ago

A little muddy at parts but definitely worth it!

Great Arch. Worth the muddy conditions.

6 months ago

One of my favorite trails.

hiking
7 months ago

Great easy trail and beautiful views

hiking
8 months ago

This is one of favorite easy trails.

8 months ago

Very nice hike. Muddy today, but not too hard. The arch is worth the walk.

8 months ago

This is a beautiful trail following along a creek, super easy to do. It was a bit muddy at times, but it wasn't a big deal.

hiking
8 months ago

The trail was super muddy but it was right along side the creek which is nice. The arch was somewhat underwhelming.

8 months ago

Beautiful easy hike. Was muddy but worth it

hiking
9 months ago

I did this as part of a larger circuit including Pinch-Em-Tight and a portion of Rough Trail. One of the most tranquil parts of the entire journey, I really loved this stretch of the hike. There is a point where there is a fork in the trail. Sign will lead you left but you can shave off some elevation if you go straight. It will take you right to the Whittleton Arch Trail.

hiking
9 months ago

My review is for those with mobility issues. My husband has left hemiparesis and is quite strong on the right side. This trail was wide and even enough for us to hike in about .5 miles before we ran into issues and needed to turn around. The trail became quite narrow for about a 5 foot stretch which meant he did not have a spot to place his foot or his hiking stick. The section we hiked was beautiful and worth the effort. We still enjoyed a nice stroll through the campground, which is where the trailhead is located.

hiking
11 months ago

We camped at Whittleton Campground so this was our first hike of the weekend. It was REALLY muddy! But nice! We had hiked to the arch from HWY 15 but never in this way. The sign to the Arch was little hidden and we actually hiked past but quickly got back on track. The Arch is gorgeous and a great place to take a break and explore.

hiking
Sunday, June 10, 2018

Nice trail! Not too difficult even with toddlers. Great scenery. Mid on trail is possibility so wear good shoes.

hiking
Monday, April 30, 2018

Beautiful little hike (especially the arch!). Took our dog and he handled it just fine as well.

hiking
Saturday, March 31, 2018

This is a beautiful hike! We were here with 3 adults and 3 kids, ages 11 and 5. Not very long. Some uphill sections that weren't too bad. Very muddy due to lots of recent rain. Be prepared if you plan to hike after wet weather. We were very pleasantly surprised by the hidden arch and gorgeous waterfall at the end!! This is a new favorite in the Gorge!!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Beautiful!! We were there after two straight days of spring rain and it was really muddy. Wear water resistant shoes if you know it’ll be muddy. I would classify this as a moderate trail for older people who aren’t in shape.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Nice hike and smooth. Pretty good scenes and my kids enjoyed it. Some of the hills go on for a good bit.

hiking
Monday, September 25, 2017

Pretty trail

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Super pretty! Lots of places to go off trail and explore. Sometimes you can see cranes in the water! The sandstone at the end is fun to climb and hang out for a bit.

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