Natural Bridge State Park 'Rain dripping in front of Nada Tunnel' © Wendy Rogers
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USA Parks
Highlands Region
Natural Bridge State Park
2135 Natural Bridge Road
Slade, Kentucky   40376-9701

Phone: 606-663-2214
Toll Free: 800-325-1710
Reservations: 606-663-2214
Natural Bridge State Park
'Rain dripping in front of Nada Tunnel'

Natural Bridge State Park
'Kentucky drinking fountain'

Natural Bridge State Park
'Barn Quilt in the Gorge'

Kentuckys quiliting heritage is proudly displayed on barns throughout the Natural Bridge and Red River Gorge areas

Natural Bridge State Park
© Ted Denman 2010


This shot was taken on a hike through the Red River Gorge. This arch is named Sky Bridge.

Natural Bridge State Park
'Torrent Falls Climbing Area'

near Natural Bridge State Park - this site also offers a bed and breakfast

Natural Bridge State Park
'Nadas fall attire'

Dressed in her beautiful fall colors, Nadas mountain sprng is as delicious as ever...

Natural Bridge State Park
© Ted Denman 2010


Natural Bridge State Park
'Nada Mountain Spring'

best drinking water EVER

Natural Bridge State Park

Natural Bridge State Park
© Copyright 2007-2010 Benjamin Prepelka All Rights Reserved


Natural Bridge State Park

Natural Bridge State Park
'Nada Tunnel, near Natural Bridge'

considered part of the Red River Gorge, this beautiful area is just minutes from Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge State Park

It has taken nature millions of years to form the natural sandstone arch from which this park takes its name. Located adjacent to the Daniel Boone National Forest, near the Red River Gorge Geological Area, the bridge spans 78 feet and is 65 feet high.

At Natural Bridge, each season has a unique charm. Hikers are drawn to this rugged, scenic area of high stone cliffs and stone arches, but tenderfoots can also enjoy the scenic, ridge-top views from the park?s sky lift. Hemlock Lodge is nestled in the mountainside, overlooking a pool complex and Hoedown Island.
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
 Electric Sitesyes
Enjoy the great outdoors in a park campsite. Two campgrounds, Whittleton Campground and Middle Fork Campground, provide 82 sites with utilities. Twelve primitive campsites are also available. Dump stations and two central service buildings with rest rooms and showers are furnished for your convenience.

Open Mid-March through October 31. No advance reservations. Check-out by 2:00 PM, Eastern time.Pets are allowed if restrained.
Try one of the park?s cottages. Step out of your cottage into the beautiful ambiance of the surrounding forest. You will be encompassed by beauty in one of four two-bedroom, or seven one-bedroom cottages. Tableware, cooking utensils, and linens are provided, with fresh linens available daily.

Open year-round. Cottages are available by late afternoon. Check-out by 11:00 AM, Eastern time.
Tucked between the lake and the cliff beneath Hemlock Lodge is a new pool complex. The complex includes a spacious stone bathhouse, and a zero-depth (one can enter pool without steps) pool that holds 80,000 gallons of water. The main pool has a "river" theme with directional water jets and floor bubblers. Next to the main pool is a new fenced wading pool with floor bubbles and fountain.

Open seasonally and free to lodge and cottage guests. Open to the public Memorial Day through Labor Day when lifeguards are on duty. Weekdays $3 adult, $2 child W weekends $4 adult, $3 child. After mid-August, lifeguards are at the pool Saturday and Sunday only from 11 AM-6PM.

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The ten hiking trails range from one-half mile to seven-and-one-half miles. Trail maps are available at the Hemlock Lodge. The Nature Center, located on the ground floor of the Activities Center, houses exhibits about the park. Full-time naturalists program events and activities year-round focusing on native plants animals, geology, and local history. Daily summer activitiesare directed by recreation staff.

The parks is adjacent to the U.S. Forest Service Red River Gorge Geological Area which also offers plenty of hiking opportunities.

Pets are not permitted on the hiking trails in Natural Bridge State Resort Park.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park offers more than just a fun family vacation. Our staff of professional Naturalists is available year-round to provide interpretive programs for groups of all sizes and ages, from school groups to seniors, scouts to corporate outings.

Area Attractions
Hoedown IslandMosey on down to Hoe Down Island where knee-slappin?, toe-tappin?, and swingin? your partner is a barrel of fun! Located on the lake below the lodge, this island is an open-air dance patio for weekly square dances. Seasonal with weather. Call park for annual brochure. Park also holds Square Dance Weekends throughout the year.

Sky LiftFor a 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.

Open daily first weekend of April through the last weekend in October, $.

Snack BarsTwo snack bars with all of your favorite treats are in the park. One is located near the swimming pool, the other near the sky lift.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 15 My favorite Stae Park by Appalwood
My grandfather loved this place and brought me up to visit each year since I was a kid. That was 40 years ago and I have been taking my kids and their friends to hike and sight see. This park represents to me all of the beauty of Kentucky.
January 6 Grand Canyon of the east by Lover of the wilderness
There is no other place like it. A hidden gem in Kentuckey. If you go there you will be glad you did. I loved it.
July 28 A beautiful place to relax and hike. by leigh
Can hike on trails, take long walks using paved trails, relax by the pool or on your balcony. Can see the beauty of the Natural Bridge and the surrounding area.
May 4 Great Day
I think it would be a great place to visit I look forward out going
June 11 Beautful scenery. by bhunt

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