Natural Bridge and Battleship Rock Trail

MODERATE 142 reviews

Natural Bridge and Battleship Rock Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Slade, Kentucky that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until November.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1473 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

This trail was built in the 1880s by the Lexington and Eastern Railroad. It is the most popular trail for hiking to the Natural Bridge. Beginning near the gift shop, the trail gently climbs .25 mile to the trailhead behind Hemlock Lodge. From here, you will see the steepest part of the trail before you, but at the top of the limestone steps it levels off. There are five trail shelters along this trail, three of which were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the 1930s. The trail climbs over 400-feet through an impressive forest of hemlock, tulip tree, white pine, and thickets of rhododendron. It ends beneath the span of the Natural Bridge. Access to the top of the bridge is through a natural fracture on the other side of the arch. Elevation change of 420 feet. Hikings trail was built in the 1880s by the Lexington and Eastern Railroad. It is the most popular trail for hiking to the Natural Bridge. Beginning near the gift shop, the trail gently climbs .25 mile to the trailhead behind Hemlock Lodge. From here, you will see the steepest part of the trail before you, but at the top of the limestone steps it levels off. There are five trail shelters along this trail, three of which were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the 1930s. The trail climbs over 400-feet through an impressive forest of hemlock, tulip tree, white pine, and thickets of rhododendron. It ends beneath the span of the Natural Bridge. Access to the top of the bridge is through a natural fracture on the other side of the arch.

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2 days ago

Beautiful trail, but newbies beware! Much more strenuous inclines than indicated. Highlights include Natural Bridge, Balance Rock, and the brief but warmly welcomed "air-conditioned" cave toward the end. Bring tons of water and a fighting spirit! - N Forbus and D MacFarlan, Cincinnati

3 days ago

Was a cold winter day in January but a nice hike.

13 days ago

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14 days ago

Mildly strenuous due to continuous uphill nature of hike but well worth the effort.

hiking
15 days ago

Fairly straightforward loop. Amazing views from atop natural bridge and the lookout point. Light traffic early in the morning. A must-see in Kentucky!

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22 days ago

I loved it.

23 days ago

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23 days ago

Very scenic, short easy trail. Took the Original Trail to the Natural Bridge, From there, followed Rock Garden trail back to the trail head. Very crowded, but Natural Bridge is worth the trip.

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1 month ago

a little busy but beautiful