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Gorgeous views from the top.

Nice mix of woods and ridge line. Pretty good climbs on back half on way to Pinch em Tight. The arch itself is great.

Does anyone know if there are any accessible trails for a Wheelchair?

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

hiking
11 days ago

We did this hike on a weekday in late October so crowds were not an issue.
The trail was much better than expected with great views and the Arch was very striking. There was a fair amount of uphill in the way out.
The Kommer ridge and Rough trail afforded us some great views and overlooks if the gorge.

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

Beautiful views. Great hike.

hiking
20 days ago

Great views of the Natural Bridge from below, and you can hike to the top arch for awesome views of the surrounding area (great place to sit for a break). Overall, it's a short hike, but be ready to go uphill for almost the entire trail.

Fun. I personally like the eagle's nest trail.

hiking
27 days ago

very nice trail and the arch is impressive

Great loop trail with a variety of views. My first at RRG and a good way to start the day. Went clockwise, which made it a tougher last leg. Our dog enjoyed it, too!

Excellent views - went clockwise and it was easy to miss the turn back but good workout and a lovely stream to cool yourself off in

As a Kentuckian, Natural Bridge is obviously a hallmark too us! Love natural bridge!

Uh if you’re a Kentuckian or not!!! This is a must!!! Like the Kentucky Derby! You must do! If you’re lazy there is always the lift! ❤️ Note to all the Dads that love Natural Bridge. Take your kids to other RRG trails!!! They will want to remember it when they’re older! TRUST

hiking
30 days ago

This was my first trail in RRG. Nice intro to what the area has to offer, but probably will want to connect with other trails in the vicinity to get the full experience. There was a really beautiful section overlooking a plateau that looked like a perfect camping spot.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice views of exposed rock almost the entire hike. Connect this trail to the Natural Bridge, and follow along west of the bridge to connect up with Rock Garden for a few extra miles.

I took Rock Garden to the north and then looked back around to connect up with the natural bridge, finishing by taking the Balanced Rock trail to the south. Surprisingly very little foot traffic on Rock Garden, take Balanced Rock down from the Natural Bridge if you want to avoid going up the stairs.

I loved this trail loop! Having just left New England, this trail was some much needed peace and quiet. I saw a total of 2 groups (one group of three young adults, and another consisting of a father and three young children.) The scenery was a gorgeous array of geological formations, second growth forest, and ridge line canopy. The leaves were just starting to change leaving splashes of yellow and red dotting the forest floor. The way out of the valley, from under the arch definitely had me sweating but the cool breeze blowing on the ridge and the stunning views made the work well worth it.

NOT an OFFROAD drivng trail, Hiking ONLY!

The walk along the water is great and the arch is spectacular.

My review is for those with mobility issues. My husband has left hemiparesis and is quite strong on the right side. Although the trail started off well for us, it was wide and level, we ran into trouble about 100 yards in with a large limestone rock to get over and a steep incline for the next 100 feet or so. The rock posed a problem for us because of the need for a stable place to put his walking stick, it was damp and slick, and the incline was going to pose a problem for the descent. The trail was no doubt gorgeous, just not able to be accessed by us. We had better luck with the Whittleton Branch Trail which was close by. We still enjoyed a nice stroll through the campground, which is where the trailhead is located.

A great evening hike. One of the lesser traveled trails in the Gorge area. Good trail to hit if time is limited and introduces one to the Red River Gorge area.

This trail was awesome. was a little populated but the views were totally worth it. I would def recommend checking it out! Daniel Boone is beautiful in general.

Was there during Labor Day so it had a theme park feel with all the people. Disappointed by all the trash. View was awesome and lots of places to rest on the way up.

it was beautiful! nice ascent to the top, good workout, loved the view

Great less-populated trail if you’re looking for a nice hike but don’t need to see spectacular views. We got lost at one point so keep an eye out for the trail marker diamonds. If you don’t see any for awhile, you’re off the trail even if you’re on what looks like a trail.

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