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The Silvermine Arch Trail is a short trail to a gorgeous sandstone arch, and is located in the Koomer Ridge Campground area in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge.
Kentucky’s Red River Gorge Area is full of fantastic hiking trails, many of which go to sandstone arches!
Some of our favorite arch trails include the main arch at Natural Bridge State Park, as well as Gray’s Arch, Rock Bridge and, of course, the Silvermine Arch.
Silvermine Arch Trail is a short trail, and it’s conveniently located inside the Koomer Ridge Campground. Conveniently, that is, if you happen to be camping at Koomer Ridge.
How Difficult Is Silvermine Arch Trail?
This is a short, moderately difficult out-and-back trail that’s just 1.5 miles total (¾ mile each way from the trailhead).
However, parking is ¾ mile from the trailhead, so if you’re not starting from a campsite, it could end up being a longer hike. Happily, we were in a campsite near the trailhead, so it was a short hike.
The trail is not technically difficult, but take care where you step if you opt to hike under the arch or rock scramble above the arch itself.
What Gear Should I Bring?
If you’re doing this trail in the summer, make sure to bring enough water because this is quite a steep little trail.
I was happy that I had my trekking pole to help on the stairs.
Hiking the Silvermine Arch Trail
The path is easy to follow, and (unlike many other trails in the area) there aren’t lots of unmarked trail junctions.
Start at the Silvermine Arch Trailhead, and follow the path down, down and down some more.
There are quite a few steps.
Along the way, make sure to take time for the gorgeous overlooks.
Kentucky was looking amazing the day we hiked this trail.
You’ll pass lots of interesting rock formations.
I love the rock walls in this area.
Finally you’ll see the arch!
When we arrived, fall was in full swing on one side of the arch, and the greenery on the far side (in the shade) was lush and summer-like. It was pretty fascinating.
There’s lots of spots to explore on the far side of the arch, including the top of the arch and a rock wall behind the arch.
Or if you’re nervous about heights (like me) you can simply enjoy the views from below!
Spend some time with the arch, and then when you’re ready, turn around and hike back the way you came.
Finished for the day and ready for a fortifying meal? We recommend Miguel’s Pizza!
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