Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade

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#6 of 49 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. Find out how to plan Slade trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • Natural Bridge State Parks offers a lot of the same beauty and attractions of the nearby Red River Gorge, but is overall a bit more family friendly. With trails as short as 1/4 mile to the main attrac...  more »
  • Natural bridge state resort park os a very nice place to visit. Whether you're wanting to get away from people or just a hike through nature, this is the place to go. Look around for hidden local spot...  more »
  • A great place to go hiking camping fishing or just relaxing and playing music around campfire. Be aware that there is dangerous areas that could be hazardous. There is also kid friendly activities for...  more »
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  • Natural Bridge State Park is a great destination for camping! We stayed in the Middle Fork campground, which nestles right up against the Red River. Facilities are clean and generally well maintained and access to trail heads is easy. The state park itself is part of Daniel Boone National Forest and is a natural beauty. My only complaint was that electric hookups were poorly placed for many of the sites, including mine. There are many interesting sites to see in the area. Take a driving tour through the park to find interesting museums, local history, hiking trails, and small businesses (avoid tourist traps on the road in). The natural bridge itself is a wonder to behold! Make sure you explore the top of it and the surrounding bluffs.
  • Great hiking, nature, and camping. Stayed at the State Park hotel late one summer. Got great rates just before the fall price increase. The buffet in the hotel restaurant was very good for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nice place yo eat and relax after hiking. Chairlift to the top is great. Terrifying, but great. There's an accessible trail too.
  • I came to this park to hike, I did not stay in the lodge or eat at the restaurant so I don't have any review of that. The hiking trails in the park or pretty well-maintained, getting up to the Natural Bridge is not a long hike it's about one mile from the parking lot. Once you get up to the bridge there's a number number of other trails that you can take about three other spots you can hike to that have nice views. Most of the trails are pretty easy to walk I would rate overall the trails as moderate. I think you could bring people who are not used to hiking or children and they would enjoy themselves. My biggest complaint is that several people were smoking cigarettes which is bothersome because one of the reasons to go to Nature's and get the fresh air. Also I saw many people bring their dogs which is not supposed to happen so it seems that the park could do a better job making sure people are following the rules. I would definitely go back.
  • Very nice long hikes and beautiful views. Well worth the hike to the top of the bridge. If you go down devils make sure you use the rails the stairs can be very slick and some of the wood steps are slanted. Use caution when hiking with kids on the bridge there are no rails.
  • A wonderful park. Beautiful walking trails to Natural Bridge. A very nice swimming pool and paddle boats at the park. Plenty of benches and parking areas. Plenty of picnic areas covered and not. A nice ski lift to the bridge. For those that would rather ride than hike the trails.
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