Natural Arch Trail

#11 of 62 trails in Daniel Boone National Forest
Natural Arch Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Whitley City, KY 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.

5.9 miles 797 feet Loop
kid friendly birding hiking nature trips walking forest views wild flowers
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Cara Mangen
1 month ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Keisha Roark
2 months ago

4 Completed3 Reviews

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.

Chaquenta Smith
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

It was a decent hike. If you do the other trail with this it's challenging but a good hike.

Josh Hess
1 year ago

8 Completed3 Reviews

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

Karen Cloud
1 year ago

13 Completed10 Reviews

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.

Abby Principe
1 year ago

5 Completed6 Reviews

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!

Melissa Ramsey
1 year ago

14 Completed1 Reviews

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.

Colby Campbell
1 year ago

15 Completed6 Reviews

david santee
2 years ago

9 Completed9 Reviews

really great trail and our first hike. it worked out great. the trail was well marked and very easily followed. we saw alot of wildlife and got some decent pictures. there were a couple of trees down along the way, but they were pretty easily climbed over. we took the 510 trail to the arch and then picked up the 508 behind teh arch so essentially, we went backwards, but this is the way i would recommend anyone go. the only other thing i would recommend that hikers be aware of is copperhead snakes. we did encounter 3 of them during the hike. they are easily overlooked so pay attention and be careful not to step on them

Rachael Angel
2 years ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

We started at the arch, which is a very quick and easy hike. It is amazing and breathtaking. From there, we continued hiking on Buffalo canyon, which is the 508 loop. This was a long hike for our young family ( 3 children under 9), but they enjoyed the streams which we followed through most of the hike. The only negative was that there were two large fallen trees blocking the trail and at one point the trail split and there were white markers on both trails which made us dead end into a large area full of poison ivy.

The kids loved playing in the streams. We hiked two days after a 3- day downpour so many of the streams were overflowing and at one crossing, the lake was up to my knees. We knew we were going to wade in the creek so we brought hiking sandals and were fine with getting wet. Overall a beautiful hike enjoyed by all.

Katie Nose
3 years ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

My husband and I hated this trail because of the fact that the 5 mile loop DON'T loop it dead ends and you can get lost and it's a long walk and not a fun time!!

Kim Hammons Wagner
3 years ago

21 Completed8 Reviews

Very pretty trail, and just a short hike from the parking area to the Arch, which is great for small children.

Renny Smith
3 years ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

We followed trail 510 under the arch then branched right to follow 508 to the gravel path then on another 1/2 mile or so. There's a pretty good elevation change, downhill going out, uphill coming in; mostly this is from trailhead to the arch then immediately past the arch on trail 508 so any hike that takes you very far on 508 is going to work your legs to get back to the car. The trail is wide and easy to see, a couple of places to cross the creek but there are logs or rocks. It's beautiful, remote, and peaceful and was worth the effort.

Sue W.
5 years ago

Natural Arch is awesome. Proof that God just does awesome work. Trails are easy walked, some climbing so wear good shoes as always in KY.