Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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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Great time on and under the Natural Bridge. We took the sky lift up and down. It was quite crowded, but we were able to enjoy the views and get some great pictures. A sign or two to tell people to not... read more »
We like to find public stairways and there is a nice one from the lodge to the water (209 steps). We had both a dinner and breakfast in the hotel - the food was good and the view was gorgeous!
The scenery was beautiful. We hiked around Natural bridge and lovers leap. Peaceful and serene. Don't miss out.
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.
I love that I haven't visited in 40 years and accept for repairing the steps at the last ascent to the top of Natural Bridge, nothing has changed! It's still an awe inspiring beautiful park. There are places for campers and those picnicking to splash in the Middlefork of the Red River. The pool is lovely as well. And the restaurant had great fried chicken and fried catfish but there are healthier options.
Great place to to hike and enjoy the benefits of the great outdoors! My family and I enjoy the unique restaurants,of natural bridge state park. Good food and outdoor fun for the whole family!!!!
My fiance went to the park to take the ski lift up to natural bridge, and hike down. The ski lift was reasonably priced, well staffed, and had adequate instruction. The ski lift wand being on to of the bridge was exilerating. We took the #6 loop back down. There's awesome rock formations along the way, but the trail was longer than we expected. We still enjoyed the exertion. A moderate trail, I'd say, not for beginners or children (even if it was mostly downhill).
It's more than I ever expected! It's a really nice state park and everything is well maintained. Be aware though that the trail to Natural Bridge (even the easiest one) is still pretty steep so make sure you at least wear tennis shoes.
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