Slade, Kentucky: Natural Bridge

Scenic natural rock bridge in a state park -- and, unlike some other natural bridges, you can reportedly walk across this one.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Address:
2135 Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY
Directions:
Natural Bridge State Resort Park. I-64 east from Lexington, exit to Mountain Pkwy, and get off at Slade exit. Hwy 11 to Natural Bridge Rd, to Hemlock Lodge Rd. Park at Hemlock Lodge and hike to the Bridge.
Phone:
606-663-2214
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There are hiking trails to the top of Natural Bridge as well as the sky lift. You can walk across the bridge as well as underneath. If you choose to follow the trail under the bridge you must pass through a very tight squeeze between the bridge and some other rocks.

The park also has pedal boats, a pool, and mini golf.

[dsparks, 08/10/2011]
Natural bridge. Natural Bridge State Resort Park

A nice hike to a scenic natural bridge. Plenty to do, including camping and a lodge.

[Greg Barnett, 04/07/2010]

There are many natural bridges around, but we recall this as one where you are allowed to walk across it.

Natural Bridge State Park - Vague Recollections

This is a beautiful park with a natural bridge formation up a trail that is somewhat more strenuous than I can recall it being as a kid. Cool snake pits and junk stores are on the route in.

The area has many natural arches, and we went on a driving tour of the area as kids following in a caravan with a park ranger. The road taken is along an old railroad route that was used to lumber out the gorge. I can recall the ranger gathering all the caravan participants and telling us the ground rules of the trip. We were to follow behind and when he wanted anyone to see a site or formation, he would point out the car window. The inhabitants of the following car were to point at the same location and sort of pass it along for the next folks to point at as we passed. We kids soon saw ample opportunity to "fake out" the folks behind us by pointing randomly at nothing and watching all others follow suit.

The funniest advice given by the park ranger was when he explained we would be passing through a little town called Nada. He said this means "nothing" in Spanish and he explained that was what the residents there had.... nothing! He advised us not to stare at these people as they didn't like it! This is in the days before Political Correctness.

[Mary Pat Michaels, 08/02/2004]

We also remember a childhood natural arch experience in Kentucky....probably the same wacky ranger, too.

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