Natural Bridge State Resort Park Slade, Kentucky
Natural Bridge State Resort Park, located in eastern Kentucky, is an experience of a truly magnificent and serene nature environment. Located just a few minutes from Slade in eastern Kentucky, Natural Bridge is found off the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway. Explore the beauty of natural arches and rugged sandstone cliff lines. The park has some of the most unique geological formations, and breathtaking views found anywhere in the commonwealth. The “Natural Bridge,” this magnificent arch, which is 65 feet tall and 78 feet long, is one of the most famous natural sandstone arches in Kentucky. From the top, visitors can view distant ridge tops and lush green valleys of what has been called “Kentucky’s Land of the Arches.” This geological wonderland has an amazing diversity of plant and animal life and is a favorite of hikers and nature lovers.
To hike up to the bridge take the 1.25 mile trail or for a more relaxing climb to Natural Bridge, enjoy a ride on the sky-lift. The ascent begins one-half mile from the park entrance and ends within 600 feet of Natural Bridge. While exploring this wonder from a top, there are a number of intermediate trails to explore including a short trek down a narrow path to put you under the grand sandstone arch.
Natural Bridge is a 2,200 acre forested park and nature preserve with 22 miles of trails, a 60 acre lake, two campgrounds, lodging, and dining facilities. It is surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Forest and adjacent to the Red River Gorge National Geologic Area. Whittleton Campground and Middle Fork Campground provide 87 sites with utilities. Tent campsites are also available. Dump stations and two central service buildings with restrooms and showers are furnished for your convenience. You can book a room at the lodge that offers accommodation options with full amenities. Where ever you lay your head, enjoy all the beauty that this fabulous area has to offer!
We enjoyed our stay at Whittleton Campground located near Natural Bridge. We showed up without reservations for camping and were blessed with the best site due to a cancellation! We took the sky-lift up to the bridge and hiked all around from the top. Gorgeous scenery and amazing vistas were all around us! We also took a drive on narrow, scary roads through Daniel Boone National Forest to hike out to Sky Brigde located above Red River Gorge as in gorgeous! Lots of natural beauty to see in this area of Kentucky!