Natural Bridge Trail

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Trail Distance: 1.2 miles
Time Estimate: 30 min+
Elevation Gain: 406 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description

The Natural Bridge Trail is one of the most famous trails to head to in the state, thanks to its rock formation of a natural bridge. The dog-friendly trail is open to leashed pups, and although it has moderate gains in elevation, its short length makes it perfect for the family too.

The trail passes through the Natural Bridge State Park that offers 1,188 acres of land expanding out over rolling hills and flatlands, showcasing different species of trees, creeks, and open meadows. The main feature of the park is the natural bridge, which is 215 feet tall and was gorged out by Cedar Creek. To get to the natural bridge, the trail begins at the Natural Bridge Parking lot, where hikers can find amenities like restrooms, water fountains, trash bins, and clean-up stations for pups. 

You don't have to worry too much about amenities since the trail is so short. Even along the way, you'll find 5 different rest stops with benches and shelter to rest at. The trail is mostly covered in shade thanks to the large alpine trees that thrive on both sides of the path. The trail itself is made of compacted dirt and soil, with some boulders and steeps steps to climb up from time to time. It won't be long until you reach the main feature, which can be accessed by steep rocky steps on the southern side of the bridge. There's a small gazebo with benches before you cross, but once you're on it you'll see views for miles, with enjoyable sights of the rolling hills and vasts forests of the park.

The trail connects to a 6-mile trail that sees more features of the area, but if you're done, it's not hard for you and Fido to turn around and head back. Wildflowers grow along the path in the summer, and sometimes open meadows give a great view of certain wildlife that lives in the area. But after you're back at your car you and Fido will be planning your next trip back to this woodland paradise.

Trail Features
Forest, Mountains, Steep Inclines, Rocky, Muddy
Abundant Wildlife, Scenic, Cave
Cautions & Considerations
Black bears and grizzly bears live in the area, so watch out for them while on the trail. The trail is rocky in some places, and since its opened year round, rocks can be slippery and hard to climb on due to weather.
Address
Natural Bridge Parking lot, Ic-8023L
Slade, KY 40376
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Address
Natural Bridge Parking lot, Ic-8023L
Slade, KY 40376
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset