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Original Natural Bridge Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Slade, Kentucky that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips.

Length 1.2 mi Elevation gain 406 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Forest

Views

Wildlife

No dogs

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Reviews (285)
Photos (339)
Recordings (238)
Completed (855)
Megan Deines
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HikingGreat!

Great trail easy to travel, slightly crowed but typical for a beautiful Sunday afternoon. There are other trails that are less crowded and a bit more challenging that also get you to the Natural Bridge but this was a quick and easy up and down.

Mary Richardson
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Hiking

Well kept up. Breeze at top. Lots of dogs.

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Chris McGuire
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HikingGreat!

The trail is pretty steep for an easy trail. It is a beautiful site and this trail is doable for most anyone, for sure.

Alison Peak
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Hiking

Short, steep hike to natural bridge. Wooded most of the way so not really in the sun. We did this 7:30 am late July and it was very muggy and humid.

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Jennifer Fernberg
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Hiking

We thoroughly enjoyed the natural bridge. However, this is not an easy trail. This should be rated moderate, at the least. Beware, this trail is step heavy. A lot of the steps and slopes are uneven and slick. The less experienced of our group did not make it very far. The more experienced hikers required lots of stops and hydration. The views are worth the climb. Just note that it’s very much a challenging climb

John Lengyel
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Hiking

Shaded most of the time till you get to the natural bridge. Steep climb with steps on the way up but worth it!

fred frank
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Hiking

Very nice trail but was not easy. We have walked trails all over the country this is a moderate at least. Steep and lots of elevation change not for faint at heart.

Alex Gillott
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Hiking

Trail was in good shape, and the views were beautiful, however the bugs were terrible. Also being from Ohio I wouldn’t necessarily consider this “easy”, but that may just be because we don’t have cool stuff like this in Ohio.

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Meghan Fawcett
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Emily McNatt
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HikingBugsRocky

Nice sunset trek nothing like the pictures MUST experience yourself! I love it and will be back.

Joyce Zhang
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Hiking
Jessica Krogman
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Hiking

Beautiful views. Short hike but steep. There are places to stop and rest on the way up.

Evan Rocheford
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Hiking

Very well maintained, heavily trafficked trail. While the trail is easy, be aware that it definitely involves some significant elevation gain on the leg up which could be a challenge for someone with mobility issues (although there are places to stop and rest along the way). We made it a loop by adding Battleship Rock Trail, which I would recommend, since it was much less busy and had more of a back country vibe compared to the more developed OG Natural Bridge Trail and still kept the overall hike fairly quick.

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Gary Snook
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Hiking

beautiful trail, lots of steps but amazing scenery! loved it!

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Michelle cole
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Rocky

lots and lots! of stairs!!! ..it's a great hike. trails in good shape and wide. has railings..and rest points with benches.. beautiful forest setting . outstanding natural bridge at the end of the trails.. multiple ways to take to get to it. kid friendly.. not wheelchair or stroller friendly. sign says no pets! apparently ppl can't read!

Carrie Kirby
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Erin cramer
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Hiking

Fun trail with great views from the rock bridge!

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Mrs D
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Brian Murphy
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Hiking

Amazing trail combination, but Needles Eye is treacherous.

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Daniel G.
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Carrie Kirby
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Hiking

I hike this trail every time I visit the Gorge. Once you get up there you can quickly get to other trails for just as beautiful views. Going down I combine with another trail, Battleship Rock mostly to avoid the crowds but also for different views.

Connie Schweinshaupt
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Hiking

Beautiful, views are worth every step.

Brian Thomas
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Hiking

Absolutely a great day for a hike at natural Bridge. One of the most beautiful places on earth.

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Matt Stephens-Rich
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HikingMuddy

Many ways to work this trail network, but recommend: Original Natural Bridge Trail, Battleship Rock Trail, Devils Gulch, Laurel Trail overtop arch, Balanced Rock Trail back down

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Julie Howe-Davis
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Hiking

Beautiful area. A little to much public traffic for us. And definitely not easy. Trail to arch was straight up incline. lots of places to stop and rest thank goodness.

Eric Fehr
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Hiking

Short hike with a great reward in the views.

Amanda Ecklar
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Hiking

My family just came here for the first time yesterday. Although labeled as easy, and rightfully so, it can still be a tad bit strenuous as it is all uphill. There are plenty of spaces to take a breather for a minute though. The view from the top is breathtaking.

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