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Carter Caves Natural Bridge is a 0.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Olive Hill, Kentucky that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.5 mi Elevation gain 36 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Stroller friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Cave Forest River Views Wildlife Muddy Historic site
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Short trail, but one that is very interesting. It's reported to be the only natural bridge in Kentucky with a paved road over it. There is a crystal clear stream of water that runs through it along with a walking path.

Carter Cave 344 Caveland Dr. Olive Hill, KY 41164 Phone: (606) 286-4411 Toll Free: (800) 325-0059 Email: cartercaves@ky.gov

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Jay S
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Hiking

Great short hike with a very cool natural bridge. Did this one as a warm up for the 3 bridges trail.

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Jennifer Tant
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Johnda Rice
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HikingGreat!

Easy trail for all ages!

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Jason Grindle
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Hiking

Carter Caves State Park is a beautiful place that is well kept. This trail was easy and well taken care of.

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Jacqueline Boardman
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Quick and easy trail for the family

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Travis Cook
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Great conditions today. We loved this area for sure! We started at the Welcome Center and went right on the Three Bridges Trail loop and stopped to see this on the way! Highly suggest both trail systems!

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Joe Mauk
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Bridge was marked closed, but the creek was shallow enough to cross on rocks without getting very wet. Nice, scenic little trail we did after one of the longer trails. Love this area.

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Kelli Scott
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Hiking

Very easy trail for this novice hiker, her 5 year old son and short legged wiener dog. Only 1 or 2 decent sized hills. We started the trail backwards and ended at the natural bridge. I would prefer this route because the sites just build up each time.

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HikingMuddy

Well worth the trip. Quick hike to see a natural wonder!

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Donald Wilkinson
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Hiking

Nice trail, easy to follow. The natural bridges are a sight to see, along with alot of wet weather waterfalls on this trail, if you're lucky enough to catch them flowing. I recommend going down to the swinging bridge at the dam. There is a wonderful waterfall there, and it doesn't add much to the walk.

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Nathan Peel
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Hiking

Very easy trail but great payoff. My 12 y/o, 10 y/o, 5 y/o and dog loved it.

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Jason Bliven
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Hiking

Short and simple but very pretty. The cave is very large!

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Richard Cobb
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Hiking

This was an enjoyable hike but there are parts of the trail where horses have torn up the trail and you’ll have to probably side step horse dung. If any of that bothers you, is pick another trail. This was an up and down trail that was marked well.

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Doug Neidholdt
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Hiking

Barely a hike but it is a very special scenic area most anyone can do. It is a must while visiting Carter Caves.

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Jenna Rupe
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Walking

Had the best walk here today with my husband, it was the first “hike” we have done since maybe November. It felt like spring.

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David and Joy Hilderbrand
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Hiking

Such a beautiful hike. The view at the end is amazing!!!

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Karen Killen
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very nice short hike beautiful

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Jennifer Riley
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Hiking

I’ve always loved Carter Caves!!! Get out an ‘splore’ KY!!! It’s the most beautiful state!!!

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Bob Hall
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Beautiful, easy, great place for kids of all ages to play in the creek. A must see

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Douglas Miller
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Hiking

enjoyed this trail. beautiful and challenging

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Ryan Moore
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Hiking

Nice short trail. Wife and I did it in 20 mins while waiting on a cave tour to start. Definitely recommend if you have time to kill.

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M L Miller
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Super easy and pretty

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David Prager
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Hiking

Short, easy trail to a large natural bridge. Follow the white blazes. Starts at the Welcome Center, so makes a nice add-on if you come here to take a cave tour or hike one of the park's more substantial trails.

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Sarah Ossege
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We took our kids and dog on this trail before we left for the day. There was alot to see and the kids had a great time. Would definitely recommend.

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Hiking

Easy, short walk from welcome center down a paved path to a well defined trail. 40 minute round trip. As others have reported this natural bridge is like a tunnel. It does support a small paved road. Its was nice to visit and kill an hour of time waiting for X-Cave tour to start.

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Adam Bailey
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Hiking

Was a decent walk, paths not posted but at least it's out and away from the house.

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Kevin Monaghan
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Hiking

Very family friendly, short walk, lots to see. The short loop trail is great for a quick relaxed hike. You can walk or drive down from the Welcome Center to the Trail Head. If you walk you can stop at the creek to your right. The Natural Bridge itself is much larger than I thought it would be, it's more like a giant natural tunnel. You can walk through it and on top. There is a hole in the ceiling you can see from below or above. This is somewhere you can keep going back to, especially because it is a Resort style Park, everything is all right there.

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Paula Baldwin
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Hiking

Excellent, easy trail. Great for kids and beginners. The trailhead is behind the Welcome Center. The trail winds along beside a creek and takes you through an amazing rock formation. Then, the trail goes up and over the Natural Bridge and loops back around to the Welcome Center. Great views with little time or effort required.

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William Jones
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Did this as part of the three bridges trail. Very interesting to see how rock formations are created over millions of years.

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Rachael Haught
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Hiking

Easy, great if you have kids and are waiting for the next cave tour to open. I personally went on it after I went on Horn Hollow trail, just because Horn Hollow was lacking in the end without the ability to go into the caves.

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