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The Flyingfishman
Mantle Rock
Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve
Black Mountain, Kentucky
Pine Mountain State Resort Park
Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine visits the Red River Gorge
Rockcastle Narrows
The Appalachian Trail
Big South Fork Honey Creek Loop
Ledford Arches RRG
Pine Mountain, KY
Yellowbank Wildlife Management Area
Kentuckiana Caves
Red River Gorge Trails & map
Big South Fork
Otter Creek - Outdoor Recreation Area
Cumberland Gap NHP
Mammoth Cave National Park
Red Byrd Arch
Cumberland Falls and area
Lost River Cave
My Old Kentucky Home lyrics and mp3
Cloud Splitter
Mantle Rock
Cumberland Falls Moonbow Trail
Indian Staircase 10-21-04
Natural Bridge...Slade, KY
Auxier Ridge, Double, Star Gap, Gray's, and Rock Bridge Arches
Timmon's and Adena Arches
Swift Camp Creek Trail
Other landmarks in Red River Gorge
Tioga Falls/Bridges to the past
Carter Caves State Resort Park
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
Bernheim Forest - Clermont, KY
Vernon-Douglas State Nature Preserve
Red Byrd Arch trip Via Ridgetop ...12-20-08 trip report
A Creek Runs through it

8-5-2006 I drove to Livingston County, Kentucky to visit the largest span in the eastern United States. At 154 ft wide this arch is huge. It served as a winter shelter for the Cherokee as they waited for spring to cross the nearby Ohio river during their forced "Trail of Tears" march from the Smokies to Oklahoma. Unfortunately many died here and therefore it is hallowed ground.     


The plaque at the entrance to Mantle Rock


The road from the plaque to the trailhead is rough. I decided to turn my car around and walk the rest of the way.


The trailhead shack


Approaching Mantle Rock


Mantle Rock in all it's glory


It's easy to see why the Cherokee used this for their winter home on the "Trail of Tears"


An arch in the making near Mantle Rock


A seperation from the wall is starting to form. Someday someone will trek here to photograph a new arch.


Prickly pear on the ridgetop


The top of Mantle Rock