Kentucky’s Red River Gorge region within the Daniel Boone National Forest is one of the state’s most popular vacation destinations. The centerpiece of this vacation-land is Natural Bridge, a massive sandstone arch standing 65 feet over the its mountaintop home.
Natural Bridge State Resort Park is the perfect place to stay when visiting the arch itself. Like most of Kentucky’s state resort parks, excellent food and quality accommodations make for a memorable visit. The nearby Slade area also provides many opportunities for outdoor fun.
Natural Bridge State Resort Park Features
- Hemlock Lodge (35 Rooms with Balconies)
- Sky-Lift to Natural Bridge
- Miles of Excellent Hiking Trails
- Campground with 94 Sites (12 Primitive)
- Eight Cottages
- Hoedown Island (Dancing, Pedal Boats, Mini-Golf, etc.)
The Excellent Accommodations at Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge State Resort Park’s Hemlock Lodge features 35 rooms. The rooms at the far end of the lodge sport balconies lying under a full canopy of trees. The view from these rooms is especially beautiful when staying during the summer.
The lodge’s restaurant is typical of the other Kentucky state resort park restaurants. Quality southern-styled food abounds, with the occasional buffet adding to the culinary options. There is also a snack bar located near the park’s Hoedown Island activity center.
In addition to the Hemlock Lodge, Natural Bridge offers a campground with 94 sites, and there are also eight cottages available for a more private stay. Included in the campground are 12 primitive sites for those truly wanting an escape to nature.
Outdoor Activities in Red River Gorge Region
Natural Bridge lies within the Red River Gorge area which is home to many outdoor activities, including hiking, rafting, and rappelling. The park itself features nine different hiking trails ranging in length from a half mile all the way to almost nine miles. There is a moderately strenuous trail that leads to the Natural Bridge; the fitness-challenged also have the option to take a sky-lift up to the bridge for a nominal fee.
The park’s Hoedown Island hosts the occasional square-dance or bluegrass concert. Nearby pedal boats, hydro-bikes, and mini-golf also add to the family-friendly atmosphere. There is a swimming pool located at the lodge which stays open during the non-winter months.
Slade is also home to a few curious shops and eateries. The Daniel Boone Trading Post is worth a visit to get a taste of the local mountain flavor.
Natural Bridge State Resort Park is a great place for a quick family escape to a natural wonderland. Kentucky travelers should check these other Kentucky state parks: Cumberland Falls and General Butler.
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