The trail starts out rather nonchalantly as a relatively flat walk through the woods.
Like most trails out of our campground, it leads to the edge of the cliff and open views.
As was the case with Hidden Arch, stairs are necessary to descend to the viewing level.
The number however increased tenfold and it begins with this 80 step decline.
Next, several ‘natural’ declines through Rhododendron groves that tower well overhead
We decided after making continual downward progress that these stairs should
have a sign that reads “If you made it this far you don’t need a railing”!
One last “natural” obstacle...
and the Silvermine Arch makes its appearance.
This is a unique natural arch in that it was formed in a different way from the ridge top arches. We’ve read that this is one of only two waterfall step arches in Red River Gorge.
Reportedly, its formation is the result of erosion from a waterfall.
Once you arrive at the arch the sound of dripping water draws you under it.
There is a small grotto peacefully residing there.
We stayed for a while taking in the sights and sounds until we could no longer
deny that going down down down
usually results in going up up up to get back home!