Rock Garden Trail to Hood's Branch Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews
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Rock Garden Trail to Hood's Branch Trail is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Slade, Kentucky that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 823 feet Route Type: Loop

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forest

views

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

no dogs

A lightly trafficked loop that can be completed in a few hours. Features an interesting stone staircase carved into the rock face, views of the surrounding area, the Natural Bridge, rock shelters, and creeks.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail away from everyone else except the birds. Became more populated right near the Natural Bridge. In shade of the trees almost the whole way. Start at Low Gap Trail sign in parking lot of Skylift if you want to go up lots of stairs or start at Hoods Branch Trail sign near mini golf and snack bar if you want to go down a bunch of stone stairs. Definitely recommend the optional 0.75mile upper loop, was a little overgrown, but lots of amazing rocks to see.

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blowdown
muddy
over grown
4 months ago

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muddy
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Go counter clockwise for best results. Lots of elevation gain in short periods of time.

8 months ago

Beautiful hike. Not nearly as trafficked as some others. Was nice and secluded. Beautiful wooded scenery. The upper hood loop has some downed trees still but not impossible. Rock garden was gorgeous. Loved it

hiking
10 months ago

Great trails! Get a trail map from the park ranger, it will save you some headache later on. I hiked some of the Sand Gap Trail, but it without the trail map it was poorly marked in stretches and I turned back about an hour or so in. I ended up doing the Hood's Branch Trail, which was awesome! It's almost 4 miles, shaded for pretty much the whole trail, and offers some stunning views from the top. I didn't see anyone on the way up, and on the way down it wasn't until I was nearly done with the trail that I saw 4 other people. You cross several small bridges, and much of the trail you either see or hear a creek nearby. I would definitely recommend this trail! Hoods Branch isn't a Loop by itself, you need to combine it with the Low Gap and Rock Garden Trails to make a loop from the parking lot to the arch. Be forewarned: the Rock Garden is just that, and I can easily see someone twisting an ankle on this "trail". Lots of rocks!

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