Natural Bridge via Rock Garden Trail and Devil's Gulch [CLOSED]

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Natural Bridge State Park

Natural Bridge via Rock Garden Trail and Devil's Gulch [CLOSED] is a 2.5 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 April until September.

Distance: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 652 feet Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers



no dogs

Note: This trail is currently closed due to COVID-19.

2 months ago

A great hike to experience the natural bridge. Will take this way from now on.

2 months ago

Awesome trail with plenty of scenic views. Took a different route (by accident AND on purpose, very easy to do in this area). Made it to the top of Natural Bridge for sunrise and it was awesome. Quite muddy in some places but people have made parallel routes through the woods that bypass some of the mud.

3 months ago

excellent hike great view lots rocks and sites.

5 months ago

pretty views

My second morning walking the natural bride area. I stayed at the lodge. It rained, but that didn’t take away from an incredible walk in a fantastic area.

8 months ago

really loved this trail. the rock formations were beautiful

8 months ago

Absolutely beautiful and my favorite way to get up to the bridge. The rock formations are stunning. Not a lot of flowers because we went during the summer but would love to try dyring the spring.

10 months ago

By far, my favorite way to get to the bridge. Plenty of interesting rock formations and foliage. Would love to get there when the plants are all in full bloom.

11 months ago

A beautiful trail but not well marked. Deviates from what the GPS says is the actual trail at certain points as you can see from my recording.

Tue May 28 2019

Hubby and I did this a week ago and had a great time. I rate the trail a 4 star because the trail markers are terrible - no mileage and half are weathered and unreadable or broken or not to be found. Glad we had All Trails, compass and park map. We stumbled upon this trail from laurel ridge. In all we hiked about 4 hours. Took the Skylift to top of Arch then off to the left to see Lover's Leap and Battleship Rock. Down Devil's Gulch to Original Trail to end at the bottom of the Arch. Then back up to the Skylift. Devil's Gulch is a bit tricky at beginning where the stairs are formed by rock. We took it down backwards and it was better. Then nice wood staircase. Nice way to celebrate 30th Wedding Anniversary.

super fun!

Fri May 24 2019

Had a great time on this trail. The rock garden trail was the definitely the way to go, and the natural bridge was beautiful. Loved the lookout on the way back where we could see the bridge.

Fri Feb 01 2019

This is by far the best way to get to the bridge. I’ve done all the trails to the bridge and this one is my favorite!

Tue Jan 22 2019

Fantastic trail! Do yourself a favor and go past needles eye staircase onto laurel ridge for a short jaunt with some amazing views. Speaking of the staircase, bring gloves if it’s below freezing or your hands will freeze to the pole. Wouldn’t be smart to go down that while icy anyways. Your knees are going to hurt regardless of the weather. But overall the trail is very easy and crazy pretty.

Sun Nov 18 2018

It is a beautiful trail. Will definitely hike this one again.

Thu Nov 01 2018

A really nice way up to Natural Bridge. A more gradual climb while working your way around the ridge.

Fri Oct 26 2018

Beautiful and fun

Sat Oct 13 2018

Beautiful little hike and most of the foot traffic appears to be going the more direct route up to the bridge. I am definitely happy i took this route up, it gave me a lay of the land before reaching the Natural Bridge. Took Balanced Rock down, nice way to exit.

Wed Oct 10 2018


Wed Aug 29 2018

easy to walk. you can use a lift to the top of Natural Bridge

Sat Apr 28 2018

Nice trail to a great bridge. The sky lift was closed the day we went so trails weren’t crowded!

Tue Mar 06 2018

Some beautiful scenery, and for this park it's about as secluded as you can get, but still way too crowded and way too close to the highway. If you like hearing cars go by on the freeway and groups of people in every direction then this may be for you, but it's not for me! Natural Bridge is a sight to see at least once though.

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