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Balanced Rock Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Slade, Kentucky that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Length 1.5 mi Elevation gain 846 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Lake

Views

No dogs

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Reviews (61)
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Alicia Murphy
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Hiking

We started at the “Balanced Rock Trail” sign: One entire mile of steps up per my mileage checker. Strenuous. Very rewarding, however and we would do it again! It connected to the Natural Bridge Trail for a walk over the bridge.

Michelle Abnet
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Beth Anne C.
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HikingMuddy

Pretty muddy. But waterfalls were beautiful. Great for lessons for the kids.

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Julie Traughber
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Lots of stairs, but we came down by this trail. it was pretty busy.

Brian Thomas
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Hiking

This is another great trail at Natural Bridge State Park. Balance Rock is the name of the trail, but there are soooo many other cool things to see on this trail. Be prepared for ALOT of stairs though.

Cody Nygard
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Hiking

Nice trail but seriously, have the way is stairs. Beautiful foliage and rock formations, and nice ridgetop hiking when you get all the way up, but come prepared to take the stairs!

Gretchen Bachelier
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Hiking

Lots of stairs! A little strenuous if you’re out of shape. Wider trail , I guess that’s why they call it easy.

Amber Southern
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Hiking

Nice trail. Lots of stairs. I mean.... LOTS of stairs. Trail is shaded for most of the way. Took this one up to natural bridge and took original trail back down.

Darren Hughes
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Hiking

Nice trail but not as impressive as I though :(

Becca Porterfield
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Hiking

Signs that say no dogs allowed.

Branden Miller
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Hiking

Some of the outer/less used trails split but are not marked well. The trail itself is well worn but signage could be better at times. With that said, easily 5 stars.

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J. Conaire Smith
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Hiking

Super easy trail. Great for most ages and fitness abilities. Lots to look at at. Great trail.

Susan G.
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Hiking

Family group of five from 12 to 70 all loved the hike up Balanced Rock, top of Natural Arch, out to Lover's Leap, back under the arch, and return via Garden Rock Trail. Diverse and wonderful. We made it a 3.6 mile hike by combining trails. Perfect.

Bryan Chin
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Hiking

Nice views of exposed rock almost the entire hike. Connect this trail to the Natural Bridge, and follow along west of the bridge to connect up with Rock Garden for a few extra miles.

Jackie Brown
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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.

Zac Bear
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Hiking

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.

Alex Haase
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Hiking

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.

Miranda McQueen
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Hiking

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!

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

James Rutledge
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Hiking

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).

Melinda Wiens
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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.

Nicole Forbus
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Hiking

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!

andrea m.
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Tim Price
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Jamie Harris
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Jessica Krogman
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Jess Skrelunas
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Jess Skrelunas
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Jacob Bucholz
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Timothy G.
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