Whistling Arch Trail #234

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

Whistling Arch Trail #234 Map

This location is temporarily shut down to protect the health and safety of visitors and our staff. This site is tentatively reopening on May 22, 2020. Please check back to be sure there are no changes.

Whistling Arch Trail #234 leaves the trailhead parking area and extends along a wooded ridge to Whistling Arch. The trail's main attraction is a huge dry rock shelter with a scenic overlook and buttress-type arch formation.  

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Whistling Arch Trail #234 Guide and Map (pdf)

Trailhead:  Whistling Arch Trailhead Parking Area
Latitude  37.8076 Longitude -83.5901

Red River Gorge 36x36 Map36x36 inch map (pdf; 7 MB) of the Red River Gorge. Includes trails, roads, streams, recreation areas, Clifty Wilderness and other boundaries. You can get this map printed full size by contacting a print vendor with a large format plotter. In some versions of Acrobat, you can print out sections on your home printer. Better yet, download the file for a digital reference.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: This location is temporarily shut down.This site is tentatively reopening on May 22, 2020.
Fees None
Permit Info: You must purchase a permit if camping in the Red River Gorge (outside Koomer Ridge Campground) between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Open Season: Open All Year
Usage: Light
Restrictions: This trail is developed for hiking only. 
Closest Towns: Stanton
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center:
Gladie Visitor Center
3451 Sky Bridge Road
Stanton, KY 40380

General Information


This trail does not meet accessibility standards for persons with disabilities. 


Exit the Mountain Parkway at Slade, KY. Follow KY 11 north 0.1 miles to KY 15. Turn right on KY 15 and travel east 7 miles to KY 715 on left. Turn left onto KY 715 and continue 4.5 miles to the Whistling Arch parking area on the left.

Directions from Pine Ridge: Exit the Mountain Parkway at Pine Ridge (Exit 40) and head west on KY 15 to its junction with KY 715. Turn right on KY 715 and continue 4.5 miles to the Whistling Arch parking area on the left.


Parking is available at the trailhead. 



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