Explore the most popular Forest 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.

Definitely steep but beautiful! Wish it were dog friendly

Great hike, was very hot but view was well worth it.

Rewarding trail in it's own way. Not for wilderness and solitude seekers as it is a heavily used and improved SP trail. it is gravel paved the whole run up outside of wooden or stone stair cases. It is a steep climb so don't be fooled by the very short mileage to the top. Informational signs along the way describe the history of limited selective logging so it is a mostly undisturbed old growth area as well as to point out CCC projects, wildlife information and other historic notes. Since my last trip there about a year ago I'll note there were several guard rails that are severely weakened and some trail erosion due to all the rain early this year. Very impressive views from on top of Natural Bridge and after a short, easy walk along Laurel Ridge trail past the ski lift you get a view of the whole bridge across the way.

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rocky
7 days ago

Just to correct a few things. First this trail is at Red River Gorge National Geological Area not at Natural Bridge State park. Though the areas butt against each other, this trail is not in the boundary with the SP. Also my recording is not of this trail, but that's how Alltrails sees it (?) so my review points like mud/blow down may or may not be accurate. my recording includes: Koomer Ridge Trail to Hidden Arch Trail back up to Koomer then to end of Koomer with the junction of The Rough Trail then follows Sheltowee Trace almost to the Red River where I camped. Just full disclosure.

would recommend to trail. parts of the upper section before the turn have been washed off and rerouted, not clearly marked.

I recommend this trail for families of all ages! Our ages (53,37,12,10, and 7) we all enjoyed it. I would consider us beginners and it was fairly easy. Seems steep, a few steps, but totally worth it! I’ve been several times and I feel the best and easiest time to go is early morning.

Starting off on Pinch’em Tight trail it’s a well marked trail and nice easy stroll. The trail head to Hanson’s point is not marked and neither is the trail. The trail was made by a skinny drunk guy named Hanson is my guess after taking this path. You might wonder if you are going the right way but press on because it is well worth it. There will be several openings suitable for camping along the way. No water sources close by so pack plenty. We chose the last small opening before getting to the point and it’s a little to close to the trail so I recommend one of the larger openings. When you finally reach the point you will be moved by the depth of the Gorge. The sandstone cliffs cap the green rolling hills in a way that makes your first visit a lifelong memory. We got up early just to see the sunrise. The fog that collects in the valley gives the setting a serene dream like feeling. It can limit the view but the fog will rise as the day awakens. We drank our coffee and with a little patience we were rewarded with a beautiful sunrise. I recommend this trail to anyone that is wanting an experience and not just an event. It was an easy hike with beautiful view. Now lace up your shoes and get out there! I will see you on the trails.

Worth the view, 100% watch your ankles tho lots of tree roots, down trees and brush.

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14 days ago

We did this trail on July 4th when the rest of the Red River Gorge area was fairly busy. We luckily had the trail to ourselves with the exception of one group on their way out while we were heading in and one couple heading in while we were nearly finishing up. It was muddy but nothing that gave my boots any trouble. My partner wore Merrell Gloves which are much more lightweight. His feet didn’t fare as well but there was little trouble outside of his soggy toes. This was a gorgeous trail that we will be crossing again very soon.

Easy trail with beautiful views.

great trails excellent scenery

So muddy, but the arch was pretty cool! We were the only ones on the trail today (a Tuesday afternoon).

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1 month ago

It was a rainy day and the trail was muddy but we had it all to ourselves. It’s a nice hike.

A beautiful trail but not well marked. Deviates from what the GPS says is the actual trail at certain points as you can see from my recording.

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1 month ago

Lots and lots of trees down and boy it was tough in spots (but I’m overweight not very active and a smoker) but was definitely an adventure! Flys and gnats where horrible! Wash mostly shaded throughout which was nice! Definitely will do it again completed ours in 4 hours and 30 mins ended up being 10 miles total with a slight detour!

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1 month ago

Not too bad of a trail. Roots everywhere so a little rough on ankles, but definitely worth the view at the point!

Hubby and I did this a week ago and had a great time. I rate the trail a 4 star because the trail markers are terrible - no mileage and half are weathered and unreadable or broken or not to be found. Glad we had All Trails, compass and park map. We stumbled upon this trail from laurel ridge. In all we hiked about 4 hours. Took the Skylift to top of Arch then off to the left to see Lover's Leap and Battleship Rock. Down Devil's Gulch to Original Trail to end at the bottom of the Arch. Then back up to the Skylift. Devil's Gulch is a bit tricky at beginning where the stairs are formed by rock. We took it down backwards and it was better. Then nice wood staircase. Nice way to celebrate 30th Wedding Anniversary.

1 month ago

Beautiful rock face past the grotto

Great trail! Recommend going doing down Balanced Rock trail. Nice overall hike!

Had a great time on this trail. The rock garden trail was the definitely the way to go, and the natural bridge was beautiful. Loved the lookout on the way back where we could see the bridge.

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