Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade

#6 of 39 in Nature in Kentucky
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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548 reviews
  • August 14, 2017
    We wanted to take our dog for a hike to see the stone arch but were frustrated as it was prohibited. Told this was because it is in a preserve but no thought that 1000s of humans tramping about will d...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    We hiked up the 3/4 mile trail to the natural stone bridge. WOW what a view of the valley below. Good steep walking. Wear good shoes and take water along.  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    Started out at Hemlock Lodge and was able to hike several trails. Lots of photo opportunities and a really fun day.  more »
  • July 2, 2017
    Friendly staff and excellent views. Great for beginner hikers and sightseeing. The skylift is rather helpful for individuals who can't make the hike up, but I wouldn't say it's necessarily wheelchair accessible at the top due to uneven terrain. At the bottom of the mountain is a playground and a pool to cool off in as well as some paddle boats. Overall great way to waste the day and lose yourself in nature. Added bonus: it's about a 10 minute drive from Red River Gorge.
  • May 22, 2017
    We spent only a short period of time here. Got here too late in the day to do much, but it's a really nice area. We rode the lift up. It's pretty terrifying in part if you don't like heights. The view from the top is gorgeous. You can look right over the rock edge... Feels like you could call right off. There is a far area where you can go out and look over and see the natural bridge, but we didn't get time to go as we had to get the last lift ride down. Some guy told us we should do it... Said it's really beautiful. Clean area, a nice park nearby, some attractions, a few restaurants close as well. Pretty cool area... Will need to go when we have more time earlier in the day.
  • May 29, 2017
    We stayed for 2 nights at red river gorgeous cabins. The owners were very friendly and helpful. There was also a man who lived in the apartment next to us that was very friendly. All the trails we hiked were well marked and accurately described. We can't wait to come back!
  • June 5, 2017
    Hiked up with the kids in tow to see the bridge today. Everyone complaining or dragging feet all the way to the top...and then they were all smiles because no one can get in the presence of such beauty and majesty! In a world increasingly narrowed to pictures on a hand-held screen, it pleases me there are still things that display our true place in the grand scheme of existence. Go forth and bring your loved ones so that they, too, can experience life outside the social media box!
  • May 18, 2017
    I had a great time at the park. The skylift was one of our favorite parts. The park crew was very professional and friendly. I've been to the lodge before and their food is amazing. The view from the lodge is amazing. Their were so many great sights. We loved the trail from the bottom of the gift shop to the top. It was an overall great visit that I would recommend to anyone.

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