Natural Bridge and Battleship Rock Trail

MODERATE 106 reviews

Natural Bridge and Battleship Rock Trail is a 2.1 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
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
892 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. Elevation change of 420 feet. Hiking

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So much to see and hike!!! Loved it!!

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May have been day of the week, but very crowded. Many group outings when we went. Very scenic but would've been quite a better experience without the crowds.

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Beautiful trail! Took our family from age 4 to 60's. Trail is well maintained, well marked & very scenic. We passed other people at times but it was never crowded or tight. There are lots of steps on the Balance Rock side so I suggest using that as the way down instead of up. Wonderful afternoon hike. Will be back.

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Hiking with lots of friends, various levels of fitness. All had fun and enjoyed the views...everyone should hike this!

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