Overview. This hike never, ever gets old. Princess Arch is among the most beautiful and accessible hikes in Red River Gorge. Spend as much time as you like at the arch, but be sure to take in the views past the arch. With Chimney Top Rock sharing the same parking lot, enjoy even better views there.
Route Type | Loop
Total Distance | 0.6 miles
Overall Difficulty | Easy
USDA Forest Service Map of Red River Gorge Area
Trailhead. From KY-715, turn onto Chimney Top Road and follow it until it ends at the trailhead parking lot for Chimney Top and Princess Arch Trails. [map]
Trail navigation. Head out on the trail and reach the intersection at 0.2 miles. You can turn left to go directly to the arch. Continuing straight will take you on top of the arch before circling back below. Hiker’s choice:-)
CAUTION - Cliffs. Be careful to avoid getting too close the edge of cliffs, as this is the leading cause of serious injury and death when hiking in Red River Gorge.
CAUTION - Poisonous snakes. While the gorge is within the range of timber rattlesnakes, copperheads are the most common poisonous snake encountered. Stay alert on the trail, as snakes are commonly found taking in the warmth of the trail. Give them a wide berth or wait for them to move off the trail.
CAUTION - Bears. Black bears are growing in number throughout Daniel Boone National Forest. Be sure to follow bear safety precautions. [Be Bear Aware by US Forest Service]