Bolton Branch Arch

By Jeremy Patton

Bolton Branch Arch is located in Daniel Boone National Forest, Laurel County, Kentucky.

Bolton Branch Arches 2-21-16

Bolton Branch Arches 2-21-16

This article actually discusses two arches: Bolton Branch Arch East and Bolton Branch Arch West. They stand side-by-side. I assume that they are named after the nearby waterway.

Above Bolton Branch Arch East 2-21-16

Above Bolton Branch Arch East 2-21-16

Above Bolton Branch Arch West 2-21-16

Above Bolton Branch Arch West 2-21-16

I did not measure their height. They are perhaps 10-15 feet high.

I searched the area on four separate occasions until I finally found them. My high school friend Nathan informed me of their existence, but he could not recall exactly where they stood.

I did not find much trash when I visited on 2/21/16, but a fire pit resided near one of the abutments. The charred damage was visible on the inner wall.

Fire damage

Fire damage above the pit

Natural arches erode constantly, thus, they will inevitably collapse. It might happen tomorrow, or 1000 years from now, but please refrain from speeding up the deterioration process by building fires beneath them.

Thank you Nathan for bringing the Bolton Branch arches to my attention.

Bolton Branch Arch West 2-21-16

Bolton Branch Arch West 2-21-16

Bolton Branch Arch East 2-21-16

Bolton Branch Arch East 2-21-16

Erosion Patterns Beneath Bolton Branch Arch 2-21-16

Added 7/24/16