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Did the original trail this past Saturday. Good trail. Not very long and good elevation gain. Trail was very busy with hikers because of the great weather.

Beautiful trail. Great views and seldom-seen geological features abound. Hike up is not easy at all, though. Trail is rugged and steep. My wife and two sons joined me on a chamber-of-commerce summer Sunday. Wx was 88-90. Take water.

This is one of the most beautiful places in Kentucky!........I heard that from an experienced Ohio hiker as well as a Kentucky native who hikes all over the state. Needless to say, I had to go. Once you arrive at State Park Lodge parking area, there are several hiking trails leading up to the Natural Bridge and all are short (less than a mile) located at the trailheads behind the lodge. We chose to take the "Original Trail" to the Battleship Rock Trail (one bridge out; however, you can easily get around it), up the Devil's Gulch Stairway, a side trek to Lover's Leap (well worth the extra 20 minute round trip), and back onto the trail leading atop the bridge. There is a sign at the end of the bridge showing you the way to under the bridge or another side trek to Balanced Rock. Unfortunately, we did not have time to do this trek due to it getting dark. From there, you can take the main trail back to the trailhead.

I would say most people will be able to hike this trail. Elders & inexperienced hikers should not take the Devil's Gulch Stairway as it is steep and one wrong mis-step would end it all. By staying on the "Original Trail" the entire way, most should be able to maneuver it without any troubles.

For me, this was an easy "5-star" hiking area. There are a lot of things to do in this area and next time I will plan to stay at least 3-4 days.
Enjoy!

battleship had a bridge out. not good with kids, which I had 2

took up to Natural bridge. lots of stairs but wide trail. Good for kids wide with railing on one side. Took 1 hr for our large family age 2 to 71.

Good views from the top. Would definitely consider this an easy-moderate hike

The original trail was full of people on the way up and pretty easy - lots of steps and places to rest. We took Battleship on the way down and saw no one. One bridge is still out (like a previous commenter said) but passable with some scrambling. There weren't any signs indicating the bridge being out either. Worth it though!

Nice trail! Not too difficult even with toddlers. Great scenery. Mid on trail is possibility so wear good shoes.

1 month ago

Ran this trail last weekend. Great trail for running slightly over grown due to light traffic. several downed trees. most definitely will do it again.

The original trail is wide and easily navigated with children. The walk does climb and can wind you. Don’t take the Battleship up or back with small children. The stairs can be steep and a small footbridge is destroyed by a fallen tree but passable.

We went the opposite of this trail and went battleship rock to natural bridge. We liked it much more because the battleship rock trail to start is more natural and is an amazing forest setting. Good geologic features mark the whole trail and it challenged us well. Would definitely do this trail again.

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2 months ago

Did this trail on the way back from natural bridge. Great to descend but I can imagine it’s a tough trail to ascend. Lots and lots of stairs. The balanced rock formation was really cool though.

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2 months ago

I would definitely do it again but it did feel like forever. It didn't help that my husband and I decided to increase the difficulty by taking our backpacking packs. There were many stairs and it takes about 45 mins to an hour to reach the natural bridge if you keep a steady pace. However, all the rock formations and natural views you see along the way are totally worth it. Needless to say, we took the original trail down from the natural bridge.

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2 months ago

Beautiful little hike (especially the arch!). Took our dog and he handled it just fine as well.

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2 months ago

This should be upgraded from moderate. Hahaha listened to my husband and took this one up to the bridge, the good news is we made it lol. Definitely glad we took it but man it was rough. Making memories!

This was a beautiful place to hike. We took the harder trail that about killed us but so glad we did. Making memories is what it’s about.

Took the original trail up and this back down. This was prettier. Lots of hemlocks and rhodos!

Nice trail to a great bridge. The sky lift was closed the day we went so trails weren’t crowded!

First time hiker and these views and the Natural Bridge has me hooked.

This is a beautiful hike! We were here with 3 adults and 3 kids, ages 11 and 5. Not very long. Some uphill sections that weren't too bad. Very muddy due to lots of recent rain. Be prepared if you plan to hike after wet weather. We were very pleasantly surprised by the hidden arch and gorgeous waterfall at the end!! This is a new favorite in the Gorge!!

Beautiful!! We were there after two straight days of spring rain and it was really muddy. Wear water resistant shoes if you know it’ll be muddy. I would classify this as a moderate trail for older people who aren’t in shape.

took the OG up and to the lodge on the way back down. wasn't as natural on the way up or down but the views are still worth it.

This trail was beautiful! Hiked with a group of friends and really enjoyed the scenery. As soon as it gets tiring you are rewarded with awesome views!

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4 months ago

My Girlfriend, dog, and I started Pinch-Em and then took a side trail that connected with Gray's arch. Pinch-Em offered a couple of really nice look-outs and some great spots for camping.

The Tunnel Bridge Road bridge was closed off of MT. Highway so we had to park on the side of the road and walk the quarter mile to the trail head. The walk was worth it for the loop we did.

Took the OG trail to the top of the bridge and came back down Needle’s Eye. Beautiful views!

Some beautiful scenery, and for this park it's about as secluded as you can get, but still way too crowded and way too close to the highway. If you like hearing cars go by on the freeway and groups of people in every direction then this may be for you, but it's not for me! Natural Bridge is a sight to see at least once though.

Our family loved this hike! We had our 13, 12 and almost 2 year old. Our toddler loved the hike as well! The steps are the hardest part. Definitely worth the view from the bridge.

Took the OG trail up and Devil's Gluch back down. Enjoyed every bit of it.

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5 months ago

What is so great about this trail is that it is a connector to many others in the area. Once you reach Natural Bridge your hiking options are endless. One drawback is, if you have bad knees this is not so easy but there are lots of places to rest along the trail and all provide a nice environment.

Good trail and well maintained. I enjoyed reading about the history of the park and the views are beautiful! However, it's not a trail I would come back to to do it again. It wasn't as natural as I would like (railings, tons of steps, pebbles to outline the trail, etc.).

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