Hiking The Whistling Arch Trail In Red River Gorge
The Whistling Arch Trail (#234) is located in the Red River Gorge in the Cumberland District of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky.
The small parking lot for the trailhead can be found off of KY 715 (37.80788, -83.59024).
This is an easy 1/2 mile out and back hike with only about 50 feet of elevation gain and it’s pet friendly.
From the parking lot follow the diamond blazes and the dirt trail through the rhododendron and wooded ridge. Watch out for the rhododendron roots growing across the path, those things are ankle twisters.
You’ll see a giant rock shelter to your right which is the perfect spot to have some fun climbing around the rocks.
Right past the rock shelter you’ll see the buttress-type arch formation known as Whistling Arch. Crawl under the arch and snap some pics.
It’s not very impressive, but hey it’s an arch.
Continue past the arch on the trail and you’ll come to an overlook with some amazing views. Be mindful of little ones and pets though, because if you fall off this cliff it’s a long drop to the bottom.
After checking out the views turn around and take the trail back to your vehicle.
Whistling Arch Trail is a quick, easy hike perfect for a little afternoon adventure with the family.