Saturday, Oct. 3 was one of those really perfect fall days – crisp, cool, sunshine and blue sky – so I decided to visit the natural arch that’s about 13 miles from our home. I love rocks, and this one is impressive.
Wind, water and ice eroded the softer stone and left this hole in the hard cap rock, creating an arch that measures roughly 50 by 90 feet. The area around the arch is now a park within the Daniel Boone National Forest. There are several hiking trails, including one that takes you down under the arch itself. There’s another arch somewhere on one of the trails, but this is the major formation and I haven’t hiked all the trails yet, so I can’t comment on the other.
According to the Park brochures, the area under the arch was considered sacred ground by the Cherokee and the Native people that were here before them. It isn’t difficult to imagine that it was, or that it still is.
This has quickly become one of my favorite places to visit, conveniently close to home, but so magnificent in what it has to offer that each trip is a new experience. I’ll no doubt be posting more about my explorations there.
It probably took me longer than most to hike to the bottom, only because I kept being side-tracked by other things to see, like this flowing rock with the straight line of pebbles caught in the motion. How did that happen? A trip to the library for some books on Kentucky geology is in order…
I was also impressed by this forest of moss and lichen under the cedar trees on top of one of the rock ledges. I’m not sure what the red hairy plant is – more books required!
The remaining photos are the area under the arch, and the last one is the view of the woods looking out from the rock shelter. I have no doubt that this was, and still is, Sacred Ground.
The shelter area under the arch