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Natural Bridge Trail

This trail was built in the 1890’s by the Lexington and Eastern Railroad. It is the most popular trail for hiking to the Natural Bridge.

photo: Looking up from beneath the bridge. Photo by Ken Thomas/wiki.

Length: 0.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: Near Slade, Kentucky. 37.77515 -83.67745
State(s): Kentucky
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Longitude: -83.67745
Latitude: 37.77515

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Description

Beginning near the gift shop, the trail gently climbs .25 mile to the trailhead behind Hemlock Lodge. From here, you will see the steepest part of the trail before you, but at the top of the limestone steps it levels off. There are five trail shelters along this trail, three of which were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the 1930’s. The trail climbs over 400-feet through an impressive forest of hemlock, tulip tree, white pine, and thickets of rhododendron. It ends beneath the span of the Natural Bridge. Access to the top of the bridge is through a natural fracture on the other side of the arch. Elevation change of 420 feet.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1983

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Kentucky Dept. of Parks
1108 Capitol Plaza
Frankfort , KY 40601

 

Photos

Looking up from beneath the bridge. Photo by Ken Thomas/wiki.

Looking up from beneath the bridge. Photo by Ken Thomas/wiki.

Photo from below the Natural Bridge. Photo by ChrisKuehl/wiki.

Photo from below the Natural Bridge. Photo by ChrisKuehl/wiki.

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