Balanced Rock Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews

Balanced Rock Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Slade, Kentucky that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
846 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

hiking
1 month 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).

4 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful, tedious trail; it certainly felt longer than it's marked out to be. My best friend tried to find the spot where, as a teen, she carved her name in the rock, but it was sadly eroded and covered with moss! Still a nice moment for her to see the rock again, decades later. Have TONS of water for this one. Lots of open exposure - including a walk thru a gulch (not for the claustrophobic, lol). Very heavy traffic here, and we met some nice people. Would love to do this again!

hiking
3 months ago

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hiking
5 months ago