Gobblers Arch Loop

Onedia, Tennessee 37733

Gobblers Arch Loop

Gobblers Arch Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is a valley-and-ridge loop hike on the Sheltowee Trace. Start atop Peters Mountain and descend into the Marks Branch Valley, where Marks Branch Falls tumbles from a sandstone bluff into a rock caldron. Make 17 fords to reach a field before the Trace joins the Gobblers Arch Trail.

This path ascends steeply, then comes alongside a magnificent fortress-like wall of rock before breaching the bluff to walk atop its edge and provide an open vista from the gorge rim. Complete the hike with a trip to (and through) Gobblers Arch, yet another rock feature of Daniel Boone National Forest. Outstanding Features: Marks Branch Falls, Gobblers Arch, and rock bluff overlook."

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Hiking Kentucky (Falcon Guides)
Michael H. Brown, Revised by Carrie L. Stambaugh
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"A variety of ridges and hollows make attractive terrain for this forest walk that includes a stop at a stocky, 12-foot-high arch. Gobblers Arch is a squat, solid structure 50 feet wide at the base and just under 12 feet in height. It lacks the grace of Buffalo Arch and instead personifies brute strength. It could be a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers. This loop (cobbled together from several trails) does take you to Gobblers Arch, but its real attraction is the variety of terrain and forest that you sample along the way. Severe storms in 1998 damaged the Hemlock Grove picnic area and disrupted trails in the immediate vicinity. The picnic facilities have since been reconstructed and the trails reopened."

Gobblers Arch Loop Trip Reports

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The trail begins along the Sheltowee Trace to an area identified by map as Hemlock Grove picnic area....this is not!! This is also the area you are to begin the trail to Gobblers Arch. You will have to find the path on your own. Not marked, overgrown, neglected, poorly maintained. I did not like this trail and would not recommend it.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
3.75 hours
Year-round; best spring through fall
1,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,500 feet
Top Elevation
Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, Daniel Boone National Forest
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