A favorite outdoor destination for locals, this little known overlook offers great views of the Big South Fork River above Koger Creek and Big Creek from atop a massive boulder. Trailhead begins off Big Creek Road in the Flat Rock area north of Whitley City. Follow a well-worn trail 1 mile to the overlook. Visit www.fs.usda.gov/detail/dbnf for more info.
Great Gulf Overlook
Enjoy a panoramic view of the Great Gulf in the Natural Arch Scenic Area of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Parking area is located just off KY Hwy 927 near Parkers Lake. A loop trail can take hikers through the Gulf basin. Visit www.fs.usda.gov/detail/dbnf for more info.
Natural Arch Overlook
View the impressive 50 foot by 90 foot Natural Arch from this overlook within this Daniel Boone National Forest Scenic Area. Natural Arch Loop Trail #510 begins on the north end of Natural Arch Picnic Area and runs along a paved pathway to the base of Natural Arch, passing two scenic overlooks along the way. Located just off KY Hwy 927 near Parkers Lake. Visit www.fs.usda.gov/detail/dbnf for more info.
Three Forks of Beaver Creek Overlook
Venture into the Beaver Creek Wilderness area to enjoy a panoramic view of the three forks that form Beaver Creek: Freeman Fork, Middle Fork and Little Hurricane Fork. This just jaunt along the Three Forks Spur trail is your introduction to this 4,750 acre wilderness. Located off Bauer Road, 12.5 miles north of Whitley City. Visit www.fs.usda.gov/detail/dbnf for more info.
Bear Creek Overlook
This ridgetop view is arguably one of the best of the Big South fork River gorge and gives visitors the chance to see the nearby Splitbow Arch. An easy walk of one fourth of a mile takes you to one of the longest views along the river gorge. The area visible to the south from this overlook is one of the most remote sections of the Big South Fork River. Trailhead is located off Bear Creek Road (KY Hwy 1470 east) south of Strunk. Visit www.nps.gov/biso for more information.
Dick's Gap Overlook
Leave the old Ledbetter Farm in the Bald Knob area of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area to take this short hike to Dick’s Gap Overlook. Once at the overlook, take in the stunning 360-degree view of the river gorge looking down one Blue Heron. Watch for the Scenic Railway to arrive and wave at visitors on the tipple bridge below. Take Hwy 92 west to KY Hwy 1363 to Beech Grove Road. Visit www.nps.gov/biso for more information.
This overlook is named for the abundance of Catawba rhododendron found in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. The 1.6 mile (one way) hike begins at the Blue Heron Mining Camp on the west end of the tipple bridge. It follows the old mining tram way once used to haul coal from the mines to the coal tipple for sorting and loading. Take KY Hwy 742 from Stearns to Blue Heron. Visit www.nps.gov/biso for more information.
Devils Jump Overlook
This overlook will quickly help one understand how Devil’s Jump acquired its name. Peer down on the Devil’s Jump rapid along the Big South Fork, one of the most threatening Class III-IV rapids along this popular stretch of whitewater. A short hike below out of the Blue Heron Community upriver will allow one to see the rapid first hand and peer skyward toward the overlook. Take KY Hwy. 742 to Gorge Overlook Road inside the park. Visit www.nps.gov/biso for more information.
John Muir Overlook
A 2.5 mile hike across an isolated ridge covered by Mountain Laurel will lead one in the footsteps of the famed explorer John Muir to this scenic vista of an old home place in the No Business Creek valley. If you feel adventurous, continue along the 40-mile path along the John Muir Trail deep into the heart of the Tennessee portion of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Trailhead located west of Peter’s Mountain Trailhead along Divide Road. Visit www.nps.gov/biso for more information.