Category Archive: Kentucky

Auxier Ridge Loop Trail and Double Arch, Daniel Boone National Forest

After the thunderstorms of the previous day blew over I headed back into the Daniel Boone National Forest to hike the Auxier Ridge Loop, which connects the 2.1 mile ridge walk with the… Continue reading

Keeneland Racetrack. (Or, This One’s For You, Mancini)

The next few trails I wanted to hike were in the Red River Gorge of the Daniel Boone National Forest, upstate of the Big South Fork Recreation Area. I had driven north and… Continue reading

Yahoo Arch, Big South Fork Recreation Area, Kentucky

After following the Yahoo Falls Trail Loop back I took the spur trail out a couple miles to Yahoo Arch, a thick, wide arch that feels more like a cave when you walk… Continue reading

Yahoo Falls, Big South Fork Recreation Area, Kentucky

Yahoo Falls was a hike that seemed to come up on every recommendation list and was mentioned by both rangers and tourists alike so it was definitely a hike I wanted to do.… Continue reading

Split Bow Arch, Big South Fork Recreation Area, Kentucky

I like to be surprised. For example, I don’t often seek out images when I’m looking up trail descriptions, relying on the general consensus of the reviewers (or advice of the rangers or… Continue reading

Natural Arch Trail, Big South Fork National Recreation Area

There are hundreds of naturally occurring arches in the Pennsylvanian sandstone of eastern part of Kentucky formed when layers of sand deposited from the ancient inland sea were compacted. This sandstone was next… Continue reading

Cumberland Falls State Park, Part 3: Gatliff Bridge and an Afternoon Swim

After my hikes to Cumberland and Eagle Falls I had a late lunch and then walked across the historic Gatliff Bridge which spans the Cumberland River just upstream of Cumberland Falls. The views… Continue reading

Cumberland Falls State Park, Part 2: Eagle Falls Trail

After hiking to Cumberland Falls, I crossed the river to the Eagle Falls Trailhead and began my hike along the opposite shore. This trail offered an equally impressive view of the falls as… Continue reading

Cumberland Falls State Park, Part 1: Cumberland Falls Trail. Or, The Waterfall with a Thousand Viewpoints

I decided to start the day at the Cumberland Falls trailhead, which is an easy mile hike down to the falls. I was expecting a pretty hike but not an amazing one: Kentucky… Continue reading