Whittleton Arch Trail, 217

Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky
Elevation Gain131ft
Trailhead Elevation943ft
Elevation Min/Max901/990ft
Elevation Start/End943/943ft

Whittleton Arch Trail, 217

Whittleton Arch Trail, 217 is a hiking trail in Powell County, Kentucky. It is within Daniel Boone National Forest. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 943 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 131 feet. The trail ends near the Whittleton Arch viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Sheltowee Trace Trail.

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Blue Ash, OH
Pathfinder | 185 pts
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Wonderful trail. Lots of interesting geology including a stream that appears from underground and returns periodically. Dont have to be an alympic athlete to walk it. I went off trail and managed to get lost on Whittleton Ridge. Spent the night in a rock overhang. Night was clear until morning, then a passing thunderstorm made it more of an adventure. Saw luminescent algae and a wolf, although I was told there were no wolves. Great trail, along with the joining whittleton arch trail.
Flowerfield, IL
Trailblazer | 1080 pts
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July 10, 1999. Atmosphere was more primeval than I thought it would be (I hiked in from the road rather than the campgruond). Truly almost killed myself climbing down the dusty rocks within the cave like arch. Was able to wash resulting head wound in tricle of water coming down off arch.

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Hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge (Menasha Ridge Press)
Sean Patrick Hill
"Whittleton Branch is one of the best creeks to hike beside in the Gorge region. Depending on the time of year, it may be overflowing or languid, loud or quiet, but either way, this creek creek—with its streamside stroll and wooden footbridges, footbridges—is one of the most picturesque of all the creekside hikes. The added bonus is that a short side trail leads to one of the most well-known formations in the Gorge, the Whittleton Arch."
"This Sheltowee Trace hike starts near a popular campground at Natural Bridge State Park, then passes through the campground and reaches a full-blown forest. From here, it heads up the beautiful Whittleton Creek Valley, leaving state-park land to enter the Daniel Boone National Forest. The scenery gets better as the Trace reaches the Whittleton Arch Trail, which leads to its massive namesake stone feature. Outstanding Features: Attractive creek valley, and Whittleton Arch."

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Daniel Boone National Forest
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Daniel Boone National Forest
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
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USGS: Slade
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