Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Olive Hill with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

1 month ago

Great trail for a few hour hike. 3 awesome formations with many other great sights! For sure moderate with a few steep climbs about half way through.

Go to the right when you start the trail. Better views right away.

paddle sports
1 month ago

Great trip to a special place on the lake. allow yourself 2-2.5 hours round trip. Absolutely stunning scenery along the way and several water features as well.

Scenery is wonderful. But summer weekends feature crowds, motor boats, and loud partying on the water in earshot of the "hidden falls."

A true hidden gem

paddle sports
2 months ago

Such a great paddle trail and definitely worth it to see Grotto Falls. I believe there is another big waterfall further down clifty creek but I didn't have enough time to see it. If you listen closely while paddling along the river you can hear falling water all around and check out a bunch of smaller ones as well. The cliffs surrounding are gorgeous at sunset and the water is a beautiful clear emerald green. Download the trail to get best directions to the entrance of the cave, it's well hidden but if you go further into the cove you can't miss it. Go into the cave for about 100 ft and it'll open up into the grotto.

Absolutely beautiful!

Was totally unexpected, and amazing. We are planning a return trip, there is so much to see and do.

Awesome caves and beautiful bridges! Sooo worth the hike!

Gorgeous trail, but it's poorly maintained and poorly marked in quite a few places.

11 months ago

At the beginning of the hike I encountered heavy foot traffic along with a boring and fairly easy trail that ran parallel to a road. However, around the half way point the trail opened up tremendously. With plenty of side attractions, this trail made up for the slow and boring start.
The rock formations were incredible, along with the large amount of cliffs and over hangs, this trail offers an additional rock climbing area which looked like it'd be a blast.
Follow that up with the Fern Bridge and the Raven Bridge, you can spend easily 2-3 hours on this trail and not get bored.
The trail was marked well, and I even went down to the lake afterwards to sit and rest.

11 months ago

beginning of trail is boring and has you cross a road 2 times. not so much off the beaten path, with some road noise in some places. However the plus side the trail was marked fairly well, in good condition, plenty of places to explore off trail. Once you get to the second half the rock formations are beautiful and there is actually an area where you can climb and repel about a 100ft rock face if you bring the proper gear. the second half makes up for the first. I did the trail going counter-clockwise from the trailhead.

Gear I Used on the trail:
string bag

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

We put in in the middle of 64 great trip took out at bridge on 60 awsome ride

Good trail. Lots of hills and rocks. Challenging but overly so.

Monday, July 17, 2017

It's our favorite trail at Carter Caves. It's beautiful and a great work out!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Fantastic loop hike that passes three large natural bridges: Fern Bridge, Raven Bridge, and Smoky Bridge. If you tack on the short 0.5 mile Natural Bridge Trail, which also starts at the Welcome Center, you can see 4 large natural bridges in less than 4 miles. The difference between maximum and minimum elevation is only about 200 feet, but you will cover that 200 feet multiple times. Overall, best hike at Carter Caves State Resort Park.

Super fun for my husband and I. We even brought our two dogs and explored the caves that you can get into without guides. Super wet but great time

Monday, May 29, 2017

Definitely an easier than moderate trail with minimal elevation change. Access the trail head by the Saltpeter cave sign across the street from the gift shop/welcome center parking lot. The middle bridge, Raven must be accessed by going about .1 mile off the TBT, the other two are directly on the trail. Smokey Bridge is the first if you clockwise and probably the most impressive. You can follow the red trail blazed to decent down to it. Lastly is Fern bridge going clock wise, which is pretty impressive as well. Lots of smaller caves along the trail as well as lots of rock formations. Over all, not much going on between the bridges, but the river can be seen when the trees don't have their leaves.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Great trail with lots of scenery and challenging terrain, well worth the 3 hour drive I made.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Monday, April 24, 2017

Gorgeous rock formations and caves

Completed this trail in the fall. It has a perfect blend of scenery and variety of terrain to keep it interesting throughout the duration of the trail.

I recommend hitting the trail early and bringing a lunch, and not rushing through this one. It is so much better to really appreciate the scenery on this one and take your time.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Another great hike at Carter Caves. Beautiful scenery. I really enjoyed Shangra La arch. It was a lot nicer than what I'd seen in pictures. A good half way spot to sit and rest for a bit. A nice peaceful hike.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The scenery on this trail always inspires me no matter how often I hike it. The rock formations are awesome. The trail itself is moderately difficult. A lot of elevation changes and you should watch your footing due to the roots and rocks throughout. Great trail. One of my favorites.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Brought my dog with me. Very peaceful, only one on the trail

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Three bridges will always satisfy the wilderness seeking individual.
Have fun!

on Three Bridges Trail

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Great trail, with alot of "bang for your buck" sights. Great trail for all levels of hikers.

on Three Bridges Trail

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Loved it. Beautiful views.

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