Explore the most popular birding trails in Natural Bridge State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

hiking
17 days 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.

hiking
17 days 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.

hiking
22 days ago

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

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!

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.

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

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.).

hiking
4 months ago

This is a good option for descending from Natural Bridge. Due to all the steps, I wouldn't recommend coming up this way unless you are looking for some serious conditioning. The newer 'Balanced Rock' is somewhat interesting (near the bottom).

Easy trail with some scenic views, probably nicest in the fall. Definitely can see it getting crowded then as well. Was hard to figure out the optimal route but it's all pretty short and easy with wide, well maintained trails so it didn't really matter.

Awesome Trails!! Amazing views and awesome overlooks of the beautiful mountains.

Nice moderate trail. The skylift is the best way to get to the top of the natural bridge. I walked and due to the one-lane nature of the climb to the top it was a long wait. Was really busy even on a Thursday. If you don't want to ride the lift, I suggest the OG trail to battleship rock trail, then branch off to the laurel ridge trail(by the devils gulch). Will take you up to the top of the natural bridge without having to pass the one lane stairs.

Unless you like climbing UP stairs (and have young knees) take this route coming down from the natural bridge. Lots of cool rock formations and the balancing rock and the cave are both pretty awesome.

Rode the sky lift up and came down the trail. Steep in some areas but nice scenery!

Nice hike and smooth. Pretty good scenes and my kids enjoyed it. Some of the hills go on for a good bit.

Pretty trail

Super pretty! Lots of places to go off trail and explore. Sometimes you can see cranes in the water! The sandstone at the end is fun to climb and hang out for a bit.

This trail is beautiful. Very narrow at times.

Very beautiful trail easy hike enjoy the scenery.

Went up on Natural Bridge trail, forest well maintained, lots of Hikers on the trail. Came back on Battleship Rock Trail which was not well maintained and forest here was very weedy with lots of poison ivy growing over Trail.

Really awesome scenery! A must when you come to the gorge!

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