By Jeremy Patton
The Funston Arch Complex is located in McCreary County, Kentucky.
I will not reveal its location because natural arches are common targets of vandalism.
Delania and I found the complex on 4/9/17. It was off-trail and fairly easy to get to, but a challenge to locate. We also spent a lot of time figuring out how to descend below the cliffs. Delania was not feeling well that day, so she lounged by the stream while I scouted a way down.
I counted three arches, but there may be more in the vicinity. We did not have time to thoroughly explore the area.
Several waterfalls lived near the confluence of two streams that formed the complex. The main 25-foot waterfall plunged into a pool in front of a deep rockhouse. We spent much time there relaxing. It was a warm day and the temperature inside the rockhouse was about 10 degrees cooler.
The formations were facinating. The smaller stream passed beneath Funston Arch, while the double arch formed a pillar in the rockhouse. I also enjoyed several arches-in-progress.
The lighting of the area made photography difficult. I was able to salvage a few shots with editing.
I look forward to returning, but I will probably wait until late fall or winter. The ticks were already out in force; I pulled several off of me when we returned to Somerset. I limit my off-trail excursions during the warmer months due to parasites and snakes.