Gobblers Arch Trail #636

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Gobblers Arch Trail #636, located on Stearns Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest, ascends from Rock Creek until reaching the cliffline and then following the ridgetop. Gobblers Arch is a sandstone arch with a height of nearly 12 feet and a base width of 50 feet. The trail continues on the ridgetop to the turn-around on Forest Service Road 6105.

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Connections: Mark Branch Trail #635 and Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail Section 37 (2.25 miles) and Section 38 (5 miles)
Trailhead: Near Hemlock Grove Picnic Area on Forest Service Road 6105

At a Glance

Fees None
Permit Info: A Special Use Permit is required for commercial activities (for example: fishing tournaments, boat rentals, trail rides, outfitter guides, races, etc). A permit is also required for all noncommercial group uses involving more than 75 people.
Open Season: Open All Year
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Trail is developed for hiking only. No motorized use.
  • Food Storage Restrictions are in effect to reduce odors that attract bears. In the backcountry, hang food and garbage at least 10 feet off the ground and 4 feet away from any tree or post used for suspension. (Order DB-02-15)
  • Alcohol use prohibited: Consumption of alcohol is prohibited on national forest land and Kentucky lakes and waterways. KRS 222.202; (Order DB-02-15)
  • No camping in rock shelters. Camping and campfires are prohibited within 100 feet from the base of any cliff or rock shelter. (Order DB-02-15)
  • Graffiti is prohibited. Do not chisel, carve or spray paint. Damaging, altering or defacing any archaeological resource or natural feature is prohibited under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 and 36 CFR 296.4 and 261.9.
  • Campfire must be DEAD OUT before leaving. (36 CFR 261.5) You will be held liable for suppression costs if your campfire starts a wildfire.
  • Prohibited: Possessing or operating a motor vehicle on roads, trails and areas not designated for that purpose on Motorized Vehicle Use Maps. 36 CFR 261.13.
  • Shortcutting a switchback on trails is prohibited. (Order DB-08-15)
  • PROHIBITED: Camping or maintaining a campsite for more than 14 consecutive days in a dispersed or non-fee area without having terminated Forest occupancy for a minimum of 10 days within a 31-day time frame (§261.58(a)); (Order DB-02-15)
Closest Towns: Whitley City,  KY
Water: None
Restroom: Vault toilets are available at Hemlock Grove Picnic Area.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Stearns Ranger District
3320 US 27 North
Whitley City, KY 42653 

General Information


To Hemlock Grove trailhead: From the Stearns Ranger District office, take US 27 south for 4.7 miles to KY 92. Turn right on KY 92 at the traffic light. Go 6.3  miles to KY 1363, turn left and go 11.4 miles to the end of the blacktop. Turn right on Forest Service Road 564. Go 1.2 miles and turn left onto Forest Service Road 137. Go 2.6 miles to the picnic area on the left.

To Forest Service Road 6105: From US 27 in Whitley City, take KY 92 west. After crossing the Yamacraw Bridge over the Big South Fork River, turn south (left) on 1363. Follow the signs for Great Meadow Campground. At the intersection of Forest Service Road 562 and 139, go left, following 139 to Forest Service Road 569. Turn right onto 569. Go about 1/2-mile to Forest Service Road 6105 on the right.


This trail is not accessible.


Available at Hemlock Grove Picnic Area, turn around on Forest Road 6105


Parking is available at the Hemlock Grove Picnic Area with a turn-around on Forest Service Road 6105.

General Notes:


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