Natural Bridge and Battleship Rock Trail

MODERATE 66 reviews

Natural Bridge and Battleship Rock Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Slade, KY that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from January until November.

2.1 miles 893 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

This trail was built in the 1880s by the Lexington and Eastern Railroad. It is the most popular trail for hiking to the Natural Bridge. 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 1930s. 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. Hikings trail was built in the 1880s by the Lexington and Eastern Railroad. It is the most popular trail for hiking to the Natural Bridge. 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 1930s. 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. Hiking

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7 days ago

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1 month ago

Very nice trail to some nice rock formations.

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1 month ago

If you take the stairs up through Devil's Gulch, it's a fairly strenuous path ending with a bit of a scramble near the summit, but it's completely worth the effort for the stunning views along the trail and makes the end views that much more satisfying.

great hike. Went the end of October. There were lots of people but not enough to interfere with the experience.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great trail and the views are terrific. The only downside is that this trail is very popular, so there are usually lots of people. That's not always a bad thing, but if you're looking for a little solitude while hiking, you probably won't find it here. Still, this is a nice hike.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

2 months ago

Great day hike.

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3 months ago

Went there with some friends. Was a long hike up but was worth the view.

3 months ago

This was so beautiful! I would recommend only hiking down this trail and taking the skyline up .

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3 months ago

3 months ago

hard trail up

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4 months ago

This is a great hike. We started at the Hemlock lodge at the rear of the parking lot. A few options are available to see the bridge. Upon the advice of a super helpful park ranger, we chose the rock garden trail out to the bridge and the balanced rock trail back to the lodge. The lodge desk clerk was happy to provide a map of these trails. There was a very good reason to take this path based on the beauty of the scenery and the steepness of the grade. At the top of the bridge, be sure to walk past the chair lift to the lookout and on to lovers leap. This detour to lovers leap is an easy out and back with a rewarding view as payoff. The overlook gives you a nice view of the bridge. All-in, we went about 5 miles. We spoke to a few folks who took the chair lift up and described it as overrated.

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5 months ago

The view was well worth the hike. Be prepared, very congested & touristy. Sad my pup wasn't welcome.

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5 months ago

Beautiful views and scenery along a easy to moderate hike. Definitely worth doing, but more for enjoyment than exercise.

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5 months ago

We hiked to Lover's Leap, Lookout Point, and Natural Bridge. The whole area is really beautiful with so many gorgeous overlooks. The hike up is pretty steep, so be prepared, but it is worth it. We took a picnic and ate at the top. So worth it!!

6 months ago

It's was easy.

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6 months ago

Hiked up natural bridge trail to arch and to Lover's Leap then down rock garden train trail. 5 Miles total. Amazing trail!

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7 months ago

Hiked a version of this hike by combining the Original Trail, Rock Garden Trail, and Battleship Rock Trail. Natural Bridge is one of the more scenic and heavily used State Parks, so you will be hard pushed to find any solitude along the trails here. Don't let that detract from the natural beauty, there is a reason that it is so popular. Very enjoyable hike with a somewhat difficult hill climb to start with, and rock trails to contend with. The views and geology of the area make it all worth it.