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.

We camped at Whittleton Campground so this was our first hike of the weekend. It was REALLY muddy! But nice! We had hiked to the arch from HWY 15 but never in this way. The sign to the Arch was little hidden and we actually hiked past but quickly got back on track. The Arch is gorgeous and a great place to take a break and explore.

Nice view at the top but you will be ascending quite a bit.

We thought this would be an easy going loop to finish up a nice weekend but the trails are super confusing. There is not that „one loop“ we ended up doing several loops and crossing paths we did before and had to take some trails twice. There are definitely nice views but the trail system seemed like a maze.

I've been backpacking and hiking all over the United States and this trail is easily the worst. Sign said that you can expect 5 hours of hiking time. Was able to finish it in about 2.5 hours. The views and scenery are pretty much non existent on this trail as it's mostly all in dense forest the entire time. Do yourself a favor and take the 1.25 mile rock garden trail to natural bridge.

We enjoyed hiking in Natural Bridge State Park. The Original Trail was a nice hike, easily done after dinner with 4 boys, ages 4-12. the views were amazing. There were very few others around when we took the after dinner hike on a Monday evening, however Tuesday afternoon there were lots of people around. It never fails that there's a few fools trying to become a statistic in front of your kids... That's unfortunate.

On Tuesday we hiked the longer way, crossed the Natural Bridge and on to Lover's Leap, then down Devil's Gulch. It was more great scenery. there was one section where we were walking on the edge for 50 feet, but not bad - just keep kids by the hand.

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22 days ago

The hike from the lodge to Natural Bridge using the Original Trail was relatively easy. It is uphill, but it's a short enough trail to enjoy and there are several benches and rest areas along the way. We hiked this after dinner and thought the view was definitely worth it.

There are other trails to the top, if you're looking for more of a challenge. The Original Trail, though, should suit almost everyone who wants to hike it. Our family (ages 4, 6, 10, 12 and parents) had no problems.

Good hike with a cool finish. The bridge is awesome and you can even hike around to see it from afar as well. Lots of side views to explore, and none of it was too difficult.

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

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.

2 months 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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3 months ago

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

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.

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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5 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!

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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6 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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