Natural Bridge and Battleship Rock Trail

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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 656 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


17 days ago

hiking

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.


26 days ago

hiking

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


30 days ago

hiking

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


1 month ago

hiking

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!!


2 months ago

It's was easy.


2 months ago

hiking

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


3 months ago

hiking

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.


3 months ago

hiking


3 months ago

My family went up Original Trail. Then traveled to Battleship Trail and down Devil's Gulch Trail. Devil's Gulch is less traveled but has lots of stairs.


3 months ago

hiking

my review rating isn't accurate, we were not able to go as dogs are not allowed. description should note that.


4 months ago

hiking

Amazing!


4 months ago

It was an awesome hike full of great scenery. Take a camera with you, you'll be glad you did!


4 months ago

hiking

A nice little hike,,.a little congested for my taste, would rate easy to moderate.Worth a quick stop.


4 months ago

hiking

It was beautiful the bridge was a whole sand bridge where u literally felt like you were walking in the sky. The view is breathtaking, I guess it was moderate if you enjoy about 500 steps on a staircase going all the way up. I suggest a nice rest when your done at the lodge pool.


5 months ago

Fantastic journey & adventure


6 months ago

hiking

What's not to love about the Red? Plenty of trails. This trail is one of the most scenic. Fun area to hike with great views. Be wary, though, your GPS goes in and out, and cell reception is sketchy at best, so familiarize yourself and plan. Happy trails!


8 months ago

Great view with my son. Highly recommend!


9 months ago

hiking

Great trail with lots of side trails to add extras to the trip


10 months ago

hiking

Finally did it, well worth it!


10 months ago

hiking

Fun area to hike with great views. Several different ways to get to the Natural Bridge. We usually go about 4-5 miles (Round trip) each time we're out there. This time, did The Original up under the bridge, Rock Garden Trail "around the back" to Battleship Rock Trail. Up through Needles Eye (pretty muddy and Slick when we were there - pretty good climb)) to check out all points from Lovers Leap to across the bridge. Backtracked across bridge to head down Devils Gulch, back to Rock Garden to Original and out. Trails in great shape, and the views up top are fantastic.