Kentucky Arches

Kentucky is considered to have the most natural arches in the country east of the Mississippi River. Natural arches can be found at Carter Caves State Park, Natural Bridge State Park, Cumberland Falls State Park, and Big South Fork National Recreation Area in eastern Kentucky. Natural arches can also be found in western Kentucky near Mammoth Cave National Park, although most of those natural arches are off trail and do not appear on this list.

This webpage provides a location for some, but not all, of the natural arches that KGS geologists have visited and photographed, and are located on public lands and are accessed by a defined trail. Currently, only a few natural arches in Carter Caves State Park are listed here, but many nice arches in that park can be accessed by trail. Please stop by the visitor center for a park map.

To use this webpage, click on the map icon or zoom to your desired area. The list of arches (fourth tab) coincides with the arches that are currently shown on the map. Clicking on the map icon will show information concerning the arch location, arch type, and arch dimensions, as well as pictures of the arch.

If you are aware of any natural arches that are on public lands and have easy access that do not appear on this website, or know of any natural arch locations, public or private, regardless of access, please contact Steve Martin ( and the arch will be added to the webpage or to a confidential compiled data set.

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