Mantle Rock Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 230' 70 m
Descent: -234' -71 m
High: 575' 175 m
Low: 406' 124 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
Current trail conditions
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“Playing a role in the Trail of Tears and boasting a unique ecosystem, this trail intersects history and science.”— Joshua Hutchens
Mantle Rock is the largest freestanding arch east of the Mississippi River, towering 188 feet long and 30 feet high. The bluffs of which Mantle Rock is a part also boast rock overhangs, honeycomb formations, and fluorite deposits.
Climbing to the top of Mantle Rock will bring you to the best example of a sandstone glade in Kentucky. Various unique species of plant life thrive here, including Kentucky's only occurrence of June grass.
The trail continues to loop around the preserve, and in one section, coincides with the original Trail of Tears. During the winter of 1838–39, nearly 2,000 Cherokee camped here while waiting for the Ohio River to thaw.
Land Manager: The Nature Conservancy - Mantle Rock Nature Preserve