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Natural Bridge State Resort Park, 2135 Natural Bridge Road, Slade, Kentucky, 40376-9999, United Stat
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Kentucky: Natural Bridge State Resort Park

by Stephen-KarenConn

This very scenic but out-of-the-way State Park is is home to Natural Bridge, an imposing natural sandstone arch that stands like a sentinel over an enchanting mountain hideaway. The arch spans 78-feet in length and 65-feet in height, and it is the largest of literally scores of natural stone arches within the state park and the adjoining Red River Gorge. Many of the other arches, such as Sky Bridge and Princess arches are also quite impressive. Hiking trails to the various arches offer an exciting outdoor experience.

The State Park also offers many ammenities including: Hemlock Lodge, Cottages, camping, restaurant, sky lift, gift shops, swimming pools, hiking trails, nature center, pedal boats, minature golf, and more. In a state that is known for its fine state parks, this one ifs our favorite of them all.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park is 52 miles southeast of Lexington, Kentucky. Take I-64 to the Mountain Parkway, at Slade Take Ky-ll to the park. It is open year round., 24/7.

2135 Natural Bridge Road
Slade, KY 40376

Admission to the park and hiking to the Natural Bridge is free.
Many of the ammenities, such as the sky lift and swimming pool, require a small fee.


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Travel Tips for Slade

Half Moon Rock

by Stephen-KarenConn

From the Chimney Rock Overlook , look sharply left and you will see a high cliff with a crescent top - hence its name, Half Moon Rock. Half Moon Rock tapers off to the right into the valley and can be reached from there by a hiking trail. Hikers can ascend the rock for splendid 360 degree views of the Gorge.

The high cliffs which which rise behind Half Moon Rock are known as Pinch-Em-Tight-Ridge. The right end of this ridge that overlooks the Gorge is Revenuer's Rock. In the moonshining days before roads were plentiful in the area, federal agents used to scramble up this high point looking for tell-tale traces of smoke rising from the fires of illegal stills hidden in the trees and hollows below.

Red River Gorge state park

by V_Minx

If you are coming from the Lexington, KY area, then Slade is the last town you'll stop at before reaching the Red River Gorge state park. It is technically a part of the Daniel Boone National Forest, but it is it's own natural wonder.

If you happen to camp here, be certain to set your tent up during the daytime and don't go walking in the dark without a flashlight. Each year, a few drunk and/or foolish people fall off the edge of the gorge to their deaths. Common sense is all that is required to reamin safe.

Hike the trails, climb, camp and enjoy the natural beauty of this forest area.

The Red River Gorge

by nnoah

The Red River Gorge is one the premier rock climbing areas in the eastern United States. It attracts world-class climbers from all parts of the globe. There are also plenty of places to hike and camp.


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Address: Natural Bridge State Resort Park, 2135 Natural Bridge Road, Slade, Kentucky, 40376-9999, United Stat