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Location and Basic Information

Natural Bridge State Resort Park is located in the Red River Gorge area of Kentucky, an area renowned for its scenic beauty, unique geological features, and outdoor activities. The park itself is situated in Powell County, near the town of Slade, Kentucky.

Natural Bridge Formation

The centerpiece of the park is the Natural Bridge itself, which is a natural arch formation made from sandstone. The bridge spans approximately 78 feet in length and stands 65 feet high. It is a product of millions of years of weathering and erosion.

Hiking and Trails

The park offers a variety of hiking trails of varying difficulty levels. Some popular trails include:

  • Original Trail to Natural Bridge: This 0.75-mile trail is the most direct route to the Natural Bridge.
  • Balanced Rock Trail: A trail that passes by a huge, precariously balanced rock.
  • Sky Lift: For those who prefer a less strenuous method to see the bridge, the park offers a sky lift that takes visitors near the top, requiring only a short walk to reach the Natural Bridge.

Lodging and Camping

There are several lodging and camping options in the park:

  • Lodge: The park features Hemlock Lodge, which includes 35 rooms with private balconies overlooking the surrounding woods.
  • Camping: A campground with tent and RV sites is available, which includes utility hookups and a central service building with restrooms and showers.
  • Cabins: There are also cabins for rent, offering a range of amenities for comfort.

Other Activities

  • Swimming: Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool at the Hemlock Lodge during the summer months.
  • Fishing: The park has a small lake where fishing is allowed. You must have a Kentucky fishing license to fish here.
  • Picnicking: There are picnic areas with picnic tables and grills throughout the park.
  • Bird Watching: The park is home to a wide variety of bird species, making it an excellent place for bird watching.

Need to Know

  • Wildlife: As with any natural area, you may encounter wildlife. It's important to maintain a safe distance and not feed wild animals.
  • Preservation: The park is part of a delicate ecosystem. Follow Leave No Trace principles to reduce your impact on the environment.
  • Weather: Always check the weather before your visit and be prepared for changing conditions.
  • Rules & Regulations: Be sure to familiarize yourself with park rules, including those regarding pets, permitted activities, and fire safety.
  • Facility Availability: Some facilities may be seasonal, so check in advance for their availability.

For the most current information, it's always a good idea to check the official Natural Bridge State Resort Park website or contact the park directly before planning your trip.

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