Best trails in Slade, Kentucky

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Looking for a great trail near Slade, Kentucky? AllTrails has 20 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Natural Bridge State Park or Central Kentucky Wildlife Management Area, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Berea College Forest or Pilot Knob State Nature Preserve. Ready for some activity? There are 13 moderate trails in Slade ranging from 0.8 to 9.5 miles and from 728 to 1,328 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Slade, Kentucky
Top trails (20)
#1 - Gray's Arch Trail Loop
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
Hiking this loop counter clockwise is suggested since the path down from the escarpment is easier to see going downhill. It's a beautiful trial with gorgeous views from the bluffs.Show more
#2 - Natural Bridge and Battleship Rock Trail
Natural Bridge State Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
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. Show more
#3 - Original Natural Bridge Trail
Natural Bridge State Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 45 m
#4 - Pinch-em Tight to Hanson's Point
Natural Bridge State Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
Users recommend downloading an offline map as route finding can be difficult, especially at the end of the trail. Show more
#5 - Gray's Arch Trail
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
#6 - Balanced Rock Trail
Natural Bridge State Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 40 m
This is a great state park with spectacular views and rock formations. Balanced Rock trail is very nice but you may want to start it at the top of natural bridge, not from the base, as it is very steep and has lots of steps. Show more
#7 - Whittleton Arch via Whittleton Branch Trail and Whittleton Campground
Natural Bridge State Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
This is the short version of the Whittleton Branch Trail to Whittleton Arch via Whittleton Campground. Show more
#8 - Natural Bridge via Rock Garden Trail and Devil's Gulch
Natural Bridge State Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 27 m
#9 - Rough, Koomer Ridge, Buck, Pinch-em Right Trail Loop
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 12.2 mi • Est. 6 h 41 m
Users have recommended bringing a GPS or downloaded map as this trail can be difficult to follow. There are no bridges for crossing the rivers so be prepared for water crossings. This hike starts on Rough Trail and continues onto Gray's Arch Trail to Gray's Arch. Then take Rough Trail to Hanson's Point Spur Trail. Backtrack on Hanson's Point Trail back to Rough Trail and head East on Rough Trail. Turn Right onto Koomer Ridge Trail then make a right onto Buck Trail at the intersection. Follow Buck Trail to Pinch-Em-Tight Trail and turn left onto P-E-T. Follow P-E-T to where it exits onto Tunnel Ridge Road and turn right following the road for 1/10 mi. to the Boon Hut trailhead on the right. Follow B-H-T back to Rough Trail and go left on Rough Trail back to the parking area.Show more
#10 - Original, Laurel Ridge and Rock Trail Loop
Natural Bridge State Park
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Length: 2.0 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
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