Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Pine Ridge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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

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.

wow, I thought I had seen all the arches , this is a must see!! the little falls past the arch is so beautiful... don't miss this hike!!!

If you have kids or just a short time in the gorge, you can do Angels Window, Whistling Arch and Sky Bridge and see 3 arches without much time,travel,or effort.

If you have kids or just a short time in the gorge, you can do Angels Window, Whistling Arch and Sky Bridge and see 3 arches without much time,travel,or effort.

If you have kids or just a short time in the gorge, you can do Angels Window, Whistling Arch and Sky Bridge and see 3 arches without much time,travel,or effort.

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3 days ago

This is probably the best route for hiking Indian Staircase as if avoids the VERY tough nearly vertical climb/descent between Bison Way trail and the Adena Arch. It is a fabulous hike with great views, great geology, and great history. The Indian Staircase trail is an unmarked trail that both starts and ends at the Sheltowee Trace Trail. Tips for finding the correct route: Take Bison Way then left on Sheltowee Trace Trail. After the SECOND stream crossing and a U in the trail take the well traveled unmarked trail to the right. At the top of the Staircase stay on the well trod path near the cliff edge in a giant U until you return to the Sheltowee Trace Trail. Take a left and follow it back to Bison Way.

Easy hike for all ages; great views!

easy peasy

My husband and I completed this hike on 11/3/18. Beautiful fall foliage, crowded place, limited parking, lots of doggies, and not a super easy hike. It's best if you go in and out on the same trail nearest to the bathrooms. The waterfall is gorgeous and the hike is beautiful. I would do it again. I wouldn't recommend going if it's rainy or snowy, it might get very slick.

hiking
13 days ago

Nice simple hike; relatively flat except for the stairs down to the arch.

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

hiking
15 days ago

Our go to short hike. Metal grated stairs at end get the heart rate up just in time to collapse in the car if you haven't been keeping up with your cardio but also scare our dogs so will not be bringing them along in the future. A nice hike any season you choose. Found Sunday evenings in particular to be our favorite time to hike here. Few to no other hikers even during tourist season.

nice view and good hike for afternoon with the family. It's a good little hike

great place for a day hike and a picnic.

Beautiful easy hike. Was muddy but worth it

Nice hike. Small arch. Nice scenic rocky outcrops in a woodsy environment.

love this trail and with this app all side trails were easy to find. not a great trail for dogs however when you get to the scramble at the top of Indian staircase. Beautiful views.

Love this trail. If you’re in for the work, then this is your trail. From passing creeks to bridges. To climbing rocks and going up inclines, this trail has it all. Good scenery and plenty of trail to keep a hiker satisfied. Hope you enjoy! Be safe, be cautious, and let’s not forget; be adventurous!

I ❤️ this trail!

Amazing views of the gorge from the Sky Bridge and surrounding trail! An easy loop for me and my dog - although I did have to carry him up the few metal steps. :) I would do this hike again and bring others!

hiking
29 days ago

This trail is relatively quick - we did the loop in an hour. The view of hidden arch is nice although not as impressive as arches like Gray's. There are a few areas with steep, narrow paths and stairs, which made the trail more interesting. We hiked it with our dog without problem. Would hike this trail again!

hiking
1 month ago

Pictures of the place are more impressive than the site itself! Very easy in and out. Was very crowded when I was there and very noisy. I would say go see it with your own eyes. Was a pun photo opp for us!

Very easy small hike! Beautiful flora & fauna! Views are amazing and just a fun place to visit! Highly recommend!

This place is beautiful! I will definitely be back! The walk down was very easy! The out a little bit more as all down/ups can be. So worth the hike! It was very crowded being the height of fall foliage. The water was surprisingly not as cold as expected! Oddly, most folks including my electrical devices froze and lost power trying to take pictures of Rock Bridge?!? Can not wait to go back in warm weather! Kids are welcome if you must... I love meeting the fur babies along the way(psst bring the doggies they’ll love it!)

This is an amazing hike! Do not let the easy start fool you! There is stairs, sketchy half spiral boxy? Stairs. Steep footings down, coming back up I definitely felt more secure! I’m 46 in moderate shape I found it mildly challenging. Other hikers brought children, personally I wouldn’t but be the judge of your children’s abilities. But I highly recommend this because the arch is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever witnessed!

hiking
1 month 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.

My absolute favorite trail! I didn’t notice any litter on my hike, as others have stated. It’s just the right elevation to get your heart pumping but the waterfall is perfect. My dogs and I enjoyed cooling off. Steps can be slippery when wet but this is one I would do over and over if time allowed.

The best view!! I am Terrified of heights but the bridge is wide enough that I felt safe, even with my dogs by my side. Warning to anyone with dogs- the stairs are open iron grids and my dogs did NOT enjoy it on their paws. Other than that, no complaints! There was an amazing breeze on top of the bridge.

Excellent in all categories, except heavily trafficked. Litter along the trail is inevitable, so carry a trash bag.

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