Buffalo Canyon Trail is located on Stearns District of the Daniel Boone National Forest, at Natural Arch Scenic Area. Follow Natural Arch Loop Trail #510 from the parking area past the overlooks, down the steps, and through Natural Arch. At the fork in the trail, take the right fork. The trail will descend from the cliffline to Spruce Creek. You will cross Spruce Creek and then come to Forest Service Road 5266. Turn left and follow the road to a low water crossing. Less than 100 yards after crossing Cooper Creek, you will come to a road junction. Turn left and follow the road and diamond-shaped trail markers for about a mile. The trail will then leave the road and cross Cooper Creek again. The trail will follow Gulf Fork and Cutoff Branch back to the junction with Natural Arch Loop Trail #510 at the base of the stairs. Follow Trail #510 back to the parking lot.
Area closes at 10 p.m. Camping and overnight use is not permitted at Natural Arch Scenic Area.
A fee is required for the Natural Arch Scenic Area.
Visitors are required to purchase a day-use pass when visiting the Natural Arch Scenic Area. Pay onsite or purchase an annual pass at a local vendor or at the district office.
Free use is available with Interagency or Golden Pass. These passes must be displayed on your vehicle dash to receive free use.
Two picnic shelters and an amphitheater are available for group rental at $25/day each. Call the district office at 606-376-5323. Unless rented, these facilities are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Trails within the Natural Arch Scenic Area are developed for hiking and day-use only.
Drinking water is available at Natural Arch Scenic Area
Vault toilets are available at Natural Arch Scenic Area
U.S. Forest Service
Stearns Ranger District
3320 Hwy 27 North
Whitley City, KY 42653
Parking is available at the trailheads on Forest Service Road 5186 and 5181.
Take US 27 south from Somerset for 21 miles; turn right on KY 927 and follow the signs for 2 miles. From Whitley City, proceed north on US 27 for 5 miles; turn left on KY 927 and follow the signs for 2 miles.