Overview. This is a great hike that everyone will enjoy and is particularly beautiful in Spring during wildflower season. The walk along Whittleton Branch is quiet with plenty of interesting geology along the way. The out route finishes up at Whittleton Arch that has a steep backside that makes for a fun scramble to the top. Take your time exploring on this hike.
Route Type | Out and Back
Total Distance | 3.5 miles
Overall Difficulty | Easy to Moderate
USDA Forest Service Map of Whittleton Branch and Arch Trail
Trailhead. The trailhead for this hike is located near the gate at Whittleton Campground, part of Natural Bridge State Park. Note that parking is NOT permitted immediately near the trailhead. You must park near the front of the campground and walk to the end to find the trailhead. [map]
Trail Navigation. From the parking area near the front of the campground, walk north to find the trailhead at mile 0.15. Head northeast following Whittleton Branch that will be on your right. Continue along to the intersection with Whittleton Arch Trail at approximately mile 1.1. From here, you’ll descend to the creek only to make an ascent to the arch about four-tenths of a mile past the intersection. Take your time exploring the area and retrace your steps to return to the trailhead.