On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, we took a Day Ride to Whitley City, Kentucky to visit the Natural Arch in the Daniel Boone National Forest.
Jeff kicks off our day in this short video:
We left our home at 9:30am. The skies were blue with the temperature right at 60 degrees. We packed our chaps, wore our textile jackets and full finger gloves, and added our 3/4 Pilot helmets. The morning felt more like late September than late August.
We rode north on Clinton Highway (25W) through Clinton and into Rocky Top where we stopped for a light morning snack. After our quick stop, we continued north on 25W through Caryville and into downtown Lafollette.
We turned north remaining on 25W.
We traveled through Jellico and into Kentucky where we stayed on 25 in Williamsburg.
From Williamsburg we took 92 west about 25 miles to 27 north and into Whitley City.
By the time we arrived in Whitley City it was 1:00pm so we decided to stop for lunch at the Burger Hut. (Neither of us got a burger, but all the food there is great!)
After lunch we continued on 27 north about 5 miles to the turnoff leading to The Natural Arch Scenic Area.
After paying our fee, we rode the short distance to the Arch parking area. We parked our bikes and walked to the main Arch overlook.
Here’s are short video from this main overlook:
After enjoying the overlook, we left to hike the trail down to the Arch.
Here’s a video as we arrived:
After gawking for awhile, we hiked back up the trail to the main picnic and parking area.
The Natural Arch is a beautiful and unusual outdoor site. If you like nature and enjoy being outdoors, this is a great day ride to take.
After spending about an hour and a half at the Arch, we rode back through Whitley City.
After leaving Whitely City, we rode about 10 minutes on into Stearns.
Stearns is an history company town and home of the Big South Fork Scenic Railway.
We’ll have to make plans to return to Stearns for another Day Ride!
After our brief visit in Stearns, we rode south on 27 to Oneida. We then took 456 south to 63 just east of Huntsville. From 63 we rode to Rocky Top and onto Norris Freeway.
After our break, we continued to 61 where we stopped at Shoney’s for an early dinner.
After dinner, we traveled 61 back to Norris Freeway. We rode into Halls where we took Broadway back into Knoxville and home.
We got back home at 6:30pm and our total ride was 212 miles.
And here’s the wrap up video of our day:
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