Trail

Natural Bridge The Original Trail

Slade, KY
Length: 0.75 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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This is one of the most known and popular trails in Red River Gorge area. It is technically in the Natural Bridge Kentucky State Nature Preserves. This trail is easy/moderate difficulty. The trail isn’t difficult but it is the elevation change and the fact that once you start going up, it’s going up all the way to the top with no flat areas. It’s a short hike that my 3 year old was able to do, however, he wanted to be carried back down.

This trail starts off behind the Natural Bridge Resort Lodge. It’s a beautiful trail that goes through a hemlock forest with rhododendron. There are shelters along the short trail that can be used as breaks. The trail ends underneath the Natural Bridge. If you wish to go to the top, there is a trail that goes to the top through a natural fissure on the otherside of the arch. It’s not hard to miss. It is worth the extra little bit for the beautiful views on top of the arch. The fissure can be narrow in spots, so be warned if you are claustrophobic.

To return to your car, you head back down the way you came up.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 420 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No

Trail highlights

Shaded Hike, Shelter, and Viewpoint

There are shelters on the trail.

The Natural Bridge is a large arch that is worth seeing at least once.

The view from the top of the arch is pretty spectacular.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Parking is by the resort/lodge. You may not park in Lodge parking spots.

Trail Contributor

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Keira has always been an active outdoors person, either through her love of hiking or riding horses. She is a mom of 2 boys, a pre-schooler and baby. She and her husband, Jon, can be found exploring trails in Red River Gorge as well as traveling the US and trying to visit all the National Parks with their boys. They have a family goal of section hiking the Sheltowee Trace Trail with their boys.

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Getting There

2135 Natural Bridge Rd.
Slade, KY