What a beautiful weekend it was to get out and hike! Cooler weather and rainy. This usually means no snakes, no mosquito's and less crowds. While I consider myself an avid hiker I will be the first to tell you that I am not in good shape! Hills and stairs and I do not get along. But this doesn't stop me from getting out and enjoying God's beautiful creation! And what better place than right here in our county! We are truly blessed.
I started with the Henson's Arch Trail which is located in the Whittleton Campground. When the campground is open, you will park by the brown shed. During the off season you can park just outside the gate and walk in from there. This is not the Whittleton Arch trail. Remember that. So you will need to walk toward the bathrooms and the trail-head is just behind them.
If you are needing a quick hike (and a cardio workout), this trail is perfect for you! It has a good incline along with some steps right at the start. But it soon levels off for awhile giving you time to catch your breath, which I do quite often. Today I had to walk thru water running down the path along with a lot of mud. But no big deal. That is why I wear hiking boots.
When you reach the big rock, see picture above, there is another incline. This area has decent size rocks, not little gravel pieces, you will be walking over. The good news, though, is you are now in the home stretch of the tiny arch. Yes, I said tiny, but you just have to go see it! This is truly one of my favorite places to take family and friends that come to visit because it is so cool and different!
This trail ends at a hole in the ground! Crazy, right?! There is a steep staircase/ladder that goes down into it so you can explore this neat place. About 4 steps from the bottom you will be eye to eye with the tiny arch. There is usually a small waterfall that flows down the limestone wall along with a tree that fell in sometime ago.
Take time to walk around and explore a little. Find where the water from the falls goes. Take pictures. And most importantly, have fun!
'Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.' - John Muir