Trail

Rock Bridge Trail

Slade, KY
Length: 1.50 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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This is one of the best trails for kids in Red River Gorge! It is about a 1.5 mile loop with some elevation change. Start at the trail head away from the toilets, by the parking spaces. This will take you down towards the stream and waterfall. While heading down, you will come across a small side path that leads to a large overhang. Depending on the time of year, there maybe a very small waterfall dripping. Continue along the trail that is following a small creek. You will soon start to hear the waterfall. Once you see it, there are some rocks along the edge you can look over the waterfall. Be careful with kids here. Continue along the trail and there will be a small trail on the right that takes you to the waterfall overlook point. You can see the entire waterfall at this spot behind a wall barrier. Keep following the trail and you will see on the right where it’s low and close to the water way. In the summer, this is a great picnic spot and shallow enough to let the kids play in (night still be cold). You can cross the stream and hang out on the sandy part at the base of the waterfall. Be careful with small kids and anyone who can’t swim. The closer to the waterfall, it gets deep pretty quickly. Continue along the trail a short bit and you will see the Rock Bridge the trail is named after on the right going over the stream. This is the only arch in Red River Gorge that is a true bridge. You will see people climbing on the bridge, but the park rangers have asked people not too.  From this point on, the trail starts heading back up hill. The toughest part is when the trail splits: left to continue along Rock Bridge Trail and straight to continue a long distance trail. This is the steep part of the trail. At the top of the steep part there is a place to sit and a nice overlook across the gorge. You won’t be too far from the cars (though with young kids it may feel like it). The trail will come out across the parking area from where you started, near the toilets. (Permanent pit toilets). There are a couple of picnic tables in the middle of the parking loop.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, and Summer
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 257 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, Waterfall, and Wildlife Viewing

Creation Falls waterfall which you will come upon the top of it first. Further along the trail there is a water access point and you can walk to the bottom of the falls.

Rock Bridge is just past the waterfall. It is the only natural occurring arch to go over water, creating a Bridge within Daniel Boone National Forest/Red River Gorge

Other Trails in Red River Gorge Geological Area

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

At the end of Rock Bridge rd there is a very small parking lot. There is only space for around 6 cars. If those spots are taken, there are spots on the side of the road around the loop.

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

From Slade, take KY 15 east for 7 miles to KY 715. Turn left on 715; go 0.3-mile and turn right onto Rock Bridge Road (Forest Service Road 24). Follow this road for 3 miles to its terminus at the Rock Bridge Picnic Area.

From Pine Ridge, take exit 40 off the Mountain Parkway and head west on KY 15. Turn right on KY 715; go 0.3-mile and turn right onto Rock Bridge Road (Forest Service Road 24). Follow this road for 3 miles to its terminus at the Rock Bridge Picnic Area.