Kentucky Tourism

Natural Bridge Trails

Pets are not permitted on the Hiking Trails at Natural Bridge, except for the Henson Arch and Whittleton Trails. Most Trails at Natural Bridge are within a dedicated Kentucky State Nature Preserve, and pets are not permitted as a part of the management guidelines. However, all trails are open to pets in the Red River Gorge area.
Hiking Trail Rules and Guidelines

Facility & Trail Maps
Locate trails and more on Natural Bridge's facility map, or use their interactive adventure map.

Whittleton Trail

Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Slade, Kentucky


This trail was developed by the U.S. Forest Service and begins on the state park at Whittleton Campground. Hikers should park near the check-in-station and walk to the end of the left fork of the road. It follows a small stream known as Whittleton Branch for most of its length and ends along KY 15 at the entrance to the Tunnel Ridge Road. It is a connector between the trails in the Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge. Whittleton Branch Trail follows the grade of a logging railroad built in 1898 that ran from Natural Bridge to Chimney Top. Watch for signs of the Mountain Central Railway as you walk this trail. Approximately .75 miles in, hikers have the option of turning right onto Whittleton Arch Trail which will lead to the rock shelter-like arch. This is one of the largest arches in the area. Most hikers use these trails as a pleasant round trip hike of 2-miles from the campground to Whittleton Arch and back. Elevation change of 280 feet.

  • Length: 2 mi
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Hiking

Tim Hibbard
2135 Natural Bridge Rd.
Slade, KY 40376

Region: Eastern
County: Powell
Phone: 606-663-2214
Email: [email protected]