Dry Fork Overlook

By Jeremy Patton

Dry Fork Overlook is located in McCreary County, Kentucky.

Dry Creek Overlook South 5/6/15

Dry Fork Overlook South 5/6/15

I formerly called this perch “Dry Creek Overlook” due to a sign posted across the road from Natural Arch Scenic Area. A sign now stands at the overlook, which says “Dry Fork Overlook.”

From Somerset, drive south on US-27 for about 21 miles, then turn right onto KY-927. Continue for about three miles. You will pass Natural Arch Scenic Area at about 1.5 miles and Panaramic View Trail at about 2.5 miles, both on your right.

You can easily fit all three areas into a single day adventure. Read my articles: “Natural Arch (McCreary County, KY)” and “Panoramic View Trail #528” for more information.

Dry Fork Overlook North and South reside across the road from each other and are easily visible from the road. They are accessible for most handicapped people. Parking space is available for several vehicles.

Dry Creek Overlook North 5/6/16

Dry Fork Overlook North 5/6/15

Dry Creek Overlook South 5/6/15

Dry Fork Overlook South 5/6/15

Dry Creek Overlook North 5/6/15

Dry Fork Overlook North 5/6/15

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12/27/16 – After several days of rain, I found two waterfalls near the overlook, a short walk northwest along the road. I searched the top of the cliff for the stream that fed Dry Fork Overlook Falls #1, then realized that it was a spring. The second waterfall was smaller, but surely helped create the natural arches at the base of the cliff.

Dry Fork Overlook Falls #1 on 12-27-16

Dry Fork Overlook Falls #2 on 12-27-16

Dry Fork Overlook Arch #1 and #2 might not be worthy of a special trip, but if you have time to burn, you will enjoy them.

Dry Fork Overlook Arch #1

Dry Fork Overlook Arch #2

Prepare yourself for vandalism: Imbeciles have dug craters there, hunting for artifacts. For those who do not know, artifact hunting on public land is illegal and it ruins the scientific value of any artifacts found.

This off-trail excursion is short, but also a pain due to undergrowth, including thorns. I made it exponentially more difficult on myself by following the cliff-line as it curved back to the top of the hill. It was frustrating, but I was rewarded by finding Dry Fork Overlook Arch #3.

Dry Fork Overlook Arch #3

Dry Fork Overlook Arch #4 stands on the opposite side of the road, leaning precariously over the valley floor. I scooted beneath it and took some photographs, but it made me a little nervous. If you choose to explore it, mind your handholds. Like the previous arches aforementioned, Dry Fork Overlook Arch #4 is not worthy of a special trip and certainly not worth your life.

Dry Fork Overlook Arch #4

Added 8/16/16 – Updated 1/4/17