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Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade

(4.6/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web)
Named after the massive rock bridge that forms the centerpiece of the park, Natural Bridge State Resort Park presents a variety of hiking trails and stunning vistas. The park spans approximately 930 hectares (2,300 acres), over half of which have been designated as a nature preserve to protect the array of flora and fauna that live here. You can hike to the 20 m (65 ft) high sandstone arch or enjoy a ride on the sky lift, located just a short walk from the park entrance, that ends within 183 m (600 ft) of the bridge. The park's trails range from moderate to strenuous in difficulty, traversing uneven ground, but you're rewarded with unmatched scenery. The 0.8-km (0.5-mile) Original Trail leading to the natural bridge dates from the 1890s. Keep in mind that hiking off-trail is not permitted. To visit Natural Bridge State Resort Park on your holiday in Slade, and find out what else Slade has to offer, use our Slade holiday planner.
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  • We were running a little late but hoping to get to the natural bridge in time to catch the best light for pictures. We stopped in the lodge for information and decided to ask if they still had rooms a...  more »
  • 16 years, at the beginning of June, I went alone. Overwhelmed by lifts with regard to parking at the foot of it was being overwhelmed by the magnificent nature of the United States when on the highway is immediately visible. "You get on it... and. Shaking in the wind lift, sometimes stops, quite a thrill. A bridge made from rocks in nature, which has eroded in the wind and quite high because of fear of heights to very painful thing there from the ground... However, when I got to the top, also impressed. Kentucky's natural speaking, follow the Mammoth Cave here?!
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  • Really beautiful park with such well kept walking trails. Visited over Thanksgiving and the weather was perfect for hiking, not too hot and not too cold. The trails here are well kept and a fairly eas...  more »
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  • We love hiking up through the Natural Bridge area. It's been a family stop every year in the fall when the foliage is changing. Good paths that are well marked. The view at the top of the bridge is amazing. You can also ride the skylift if you can't hike the trails. The lodge has a great dining room. Lots of areas for parking throughout the park. Places for the kids to stop and play too. Easy to get to as well right of the Mountain Parkway.
  • Took a road trip to see the Natural Bridge and stayed one night at the Natural Bridge Resort Lodge. It was a typical lodge built in the 1950s but updated and taken well care of. The staff was friendly, the rooms were a bit dated, but very clean. Other reviews say there was a musty smell, but we did not experience that. It was very quiet and never once was disturbed. We stayed one night then got up next morning to walk up the trails and see the Natural Bridge. The trails were located right next to the lodge, it's vey convenient. The walk up to the bridge is a .5 mile walk to the top of the overlook and is ALL up steep stairs and inclines. Although, a very tough walk, there were elderly, kids, and families of all shapes and sizes making the trek up the mountain. Gazebos and benches are available along the way. Hiking shoes are recommended due to the loose gravel going up hill. Right before you get to the top, you have to go through Fat Man's Squeeze. It's a very narrow pathway that large people won't be able to fit through. If you're claustrophobic then you will have issues. Once at the top of the bridge, the view is amazing. It's recommended to go around to the overlook side so you can see the bridge from a different angle. This resort and state park is highly recommended to go for a visit and see what Kentucky has to offer.
  • My friends and I went to hike here. The parking lot is very accessible off the road, and from there it's a short five minutes walk to the main center. From there we entered the main trail to the natural bridge and walked over to lovers leap. The views were spectacular and the trails are generally well maintained.
  • Natural Bridge State Resort Park is a Kentucky state park located in Powell and Wolfe Counties along the Middle Fork of the Red River, adjacent to the Red River Gorge Geologic Area and surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Forest. Being from Southeastern Ky there is not any other place as beautiful as Natural Bridge. There is so much to do hiking trails waterfalls zip line camping fishing awesome dining the list goes on. I absolutely think our State Park is above most i have been to. 5 🌟's indeed. I can't wait until the leaves start changing colors what a beautiful site to see 🍁🍂🍁
  • Park was clean and very scenic, safe paths and side trails were filled with plants and beautiful views, formations in the rocks like the bridge were fascinating. Park was also not taken over by people and technology to keep it "up to date." The nature was well preserved.