Bee Rock Arch

By Jeremy Patton

Bee Rock Arch is located in Bee Rock Recreation Area, Daniel Boone National Forest, Pulaski County, Kentucky.

2/3/16

2/3/16

On 2/3/16, I discovered a natural arch in the cliffs of Bee Rock Recreation Area. It is now one of my favorite spots in BRRA, for several reasons. First, it resides at the base of an ancient, weather-worn bluff pitted with unique geological features, such as mini-arches, “light houses” and rock shelters. Second, it is in pristine condition. I found no graffiti or rubbish, no trails or “improvements.” Third, I have not seen this arch written about or photographed. A handful of people over the years have likely stumbled upon it, but it¬†feels like my secret.

Bee Rock Arch, Laurel County KY 2-3-16

A shadowy rock shelter allows you to sit beneath the bluff and gaze through the window at the green, wooded ravine. Crawling would be the only way to pass through it, so I estimate it is no more than three feet high, but considerably wider.

From beneath the rock shelter

From beneath the rock shelter

Bee Rock Arch Horizontal 2-3-16

Several nearby waterfalls have no doubt contributed to its formation. I suspect that Bee Rock Falls #1 and #2 are wet-weather-only, especially the first.

Bee Rock Arch Falls #1

Bee Rock Arch Falls #1

Bee Rock Arch Falls #2

Bee Rock Arch Falls #2

Bee Rock Arch Falls #3

Bee Rock Arch Falls #3

Unfortunately, natural arches are magnets for vandals, so I will not disclose its location.

If you are an experienced hiker, you can probably find the arch with what little information that I have already provided. If you go through that kind of trouble, you deserve to enjoy it. Please take only photographs and leave no trace.

The bluff above the arch

The bluff above the arch

A mini-arch near Bee Rock Arch

A mini-arch near Bee Rock Arch

Added 7/9/16