Garrison Bridge

By Jeremy Patton

Garrison Bridge is located in Daniel Boone National Forest, Pulaski County, Kentucky.

Garrison Bridge 3/6/17

I will not reveal its location because natural arches tend to be targets of vandalism.

I stumbled upon Garrison Bridge while searching for waterfalls near Mount Victory. I have discovered many arches in my travels, mostly small ones in remote areas, so I was shocked to find such a large arch without having heard of it.

Later research led to a gentleman who revealed that Garrison Bridge was named after a beloved employee of the Forest Service, who had died years earlier. His family lived in Mount Victory.

A nearby ghost-trail hinted that the bridge had been visited in the past, but now was largely forgotten. The undisturbed condition of the area told that visitors were few. All the better, because such landmarks are usually ruined.

A stream flowed beneath it and plunged into the ravine below, forming a three-tier waterfall. I did not find a safe way to descend to its base on 3/5/17, but I discovered an impressive rockhouse directly beneath the bridge on my second visit. The combination of waterfall, rockshelter and natural bridge made the structure unique.

Garrison Falls, upper tier

Garrison Falls, middle tier

Garrison Falls, lower tier

Like other big arches, a companion arch was eroded into its abutment: Little Garrison Arch. I tried to utilize it for some photo compositions, but the light and dark contrast of the area defied my amateurish attempts.

Little Garrison Arch from below the bridge 3/5/17

Little Garrison Arch 3/5/17

I spotted one grafitti tag on the ceiling, dated December 2, 1966. I do not understand why anyone would deface such a fascinating formation. The spray paint had faded, however, so hopefully Garrison Arch will long outlast the paint and whoever sprayed it.

Added 4/18/17 – Updated 7/25/17