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LONGEST SPANS IN THE EASTERN U.S.

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A Creek Runs through it

 Kentucky boasts 4 of the top 10 Arch Spans in the Eastern United States. Kentucky ranks only behind Utah, and possibly Arizona, in the total number of Natural Arches. This was reported by the Natural Arch and Bridge Society in their newsletter SPAN . Below are pictures of the 4 Kentucky arches in the top 10. Their rank, measurement and locations are also noted.

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#1- Mantle Rock – 154 foot span – Livingston County near Joy, KY - The arch is historically significant, since it was used as a shelter by the Cherokee during the winter of 1838-39 on the Trail of Tears. 

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#6- Creelsboro Natural Bridge – 104 foot span- Creelsboro, KY – This sits along the Cumberland River downstream from Wolfe Creek Dam. Religious services were once held under the “Rockhouse”. The Goff family allows access to this arch on their private property.

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# 5- Fern Bridge – 110 foot span – Carter Caves State Resort Park - This Park is loaded with great geological features both above and below ground.

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#8- Natural Arch – 100 foot span – McCreary County. Go about 1 mile south of Parker's Lake on Hwy 27. The trail to the arch also includes a scenic overlook of the arch. This is the first arch I ever visited on my own as a teen.