Moonshiners Arch - Red River Gorge

Overview. I love this arch. It’s a short hike, has a chimney, and runs alongside Red River. At the time of this hike, the river was low, so we took advantage of it and picked around the water’s edge to add a little extra fun.

Route Type | Out and Back
Total Distance | 0.5 miles
Overall Difficulty | Easy
USDA Forest Service Map of Red River Gorge Area
unmarked trail, but this one is easily navigated

Trailhead. The trailhead is just to the right of Osborne Bend Trail. When facing the marked trail, look right toward the river to find the unmarked trail to Moonshiners Arch.

Trail navigation. While there are no markings, this is found most easily by taking a left at all forks to follow the cliffline until arriving at the arch about a quarter-mile from the trailhead. Coming back, feel free to simply walk down along the river to return to your car.

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]