Natural Bridge State Park
The park is centered around the amazing, 78 ft. long, 65 ft. high, natural stone bridge that formed over millions of years
This Park was created as a travel destination by the Lexington & Eastern Railway in 1896, and then later turned over the the State of Kentucky as a Kentucky State Park. In May of this year, the first major controversy in Park history arose after free access to a popular cave in the Park was restricted.
The arch is in a hilly, forrested area, part of the Daniel Boone National Forest. There are numerous other landmarks in thea area, such as other arches, caves, sinkholes, and unusual rocks. The whole park is near the Red River Gorge area
Flora and fauna
A mountain parkway runs to within a few miles of the park, from there, roads easily run to the park facilities
The Natural Bridge Sky Lift offers a quicker way than hiking to get to the bridge. Passengers ride the lift half a mile to some trails and a great view of the bridge
- Hiking The main attraction of the park is the many trails that criss cross the park. These include the following trails, most of which either start or end at the bridge:
- Original Trail-.75 mile-Easiest and most popular
- Balanced Rock Trail-.75 mile
- Battleship Rock Trail-.75 mile
- Rock Garden Trail-1.75 miles-Great for bird and plant lovers, follows ridge, less touristed
- Sand Gap Trail-7.5 miles
- Hood's Branch Trail-3.75 miles
- Henson's Arch Trail-.3 mile-Leads to an arch by a cave entrance, and a descendable sinkhole
- Lakeside Trail-.25 mile
- Laurel Ridge Trail-.75 mile
- Low Gap Trail-.5 mile
- Upper Hood's Branch Trail-.75 mile
- Whittleton Trail-2 miles
Note that the trails close at dark
- Miguel's Pizza.
Many people fall of cliffs each year, (around 40), which leads to a few deaths. Stay clear of open cliffs!
This page was last edited at 03:42, on 1 November 2008 by Stefan Ertmann. Based on work by Oliver Buchino and Anonymous user(s) of Wikitravel.