Looking for a new place to walk your dog? Natural Bridge State Resort Park is a furrific place to spend some time with your four legged friend. This 2,200-acre forest is neighbor to the Red River Gorge Geological Area and is surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Forest. Its central feature is the natural sandstone arch that spans a whopping 78 feet.
This park is part nature preserve, which means the areas you can take your furry friend are limited. There are 22 miles of trails that wind throughout the park. Unfurtunately, dogs are only allowed on Henson Arch Trail and Whittleton Trail. Henson Arch Trail is a little more than a quarter of a mile and leads you to an arch made from limestone and a cave-like structure. The difficulty of the trail is rated moderate since there are a couple of inclines. But it’s nothing your pup can’t handle.
For a lengthier hike, try the Whittleton Trail. It’s about 2.5 miles, and passes a lovely waterfall along the way. The trail’s difficulty is regarded as easy, so you and your pooch can take your time and enjoy a leisurely hike. As you hike, keep your eyes open for signs of the old Mountain Central Railway. Be sure to carry plenty of water and clean up bags.
If camping is your dog’s idea of fun, then pick one of the Natural Bridge State Resort Park's 86 campsites. There are standard RV sites with electricity or primitive tent campsites. Some of the electricity enabled campsites are also ADA accessible. If your doggo prefers cozying up with the comforts of home, reserve one of the park’s rental cabins for a night or two. Hemlock Lodge is another pet friendly option that’s located inside the park and open year round.
No bones about it, your pup will go mutts over Natural Bridge State Park!