Natural Bridge and Hood Branch Trail

Slade, KY
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Natural Bridge and Hood Branch Trail is a 5.4 mile loop trail located near Slade, Kentucky that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Had a great time hiking up this trail with my friends that came down to visit me from Canada! the view from the bridge is gorgeous!

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Billy Mastin Jr.

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4 Completed 5 Reviews

Awesome views, endless scenery, plenty of wildlife, wonderful for hiking, slightly challenging at times, but worth every bit of it

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4 Completed 5 Reviews

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2 Completed 2 Reviews

This is the most common,and well worn trail in the upper gorge area. Saw a woman dragging an oxygen tank on the trail, parts of which are black topped. Going to stick to the other side of the gorge,less of the Ohio militia there..lol

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38 Completed 11 Reviews

Probably the most recognizable feature in the Red River Gorge is Natural Bridge, which can be accessed either by a wide, uphill trail or by chairlift. The trail sees a lot of use and is very well maintained. The view from the top of the bridge is one of the best in the gorge area. Several other features are also within the park's boundaries. Lover's Leap, Balanced Rock and Devil's Gulch are all worth seeing.

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11 Completed 10 Reviews

Great hike. You can park at skylift parking, take sand gap off hood branch which is a 8+ mile hike, then take hood branch back to skylift parking. Good loop trail.

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16 Completed 8 Reviews

This s a beautiful hike. Be aware of which trailhead you start at as there are a couple ways to get to the Natural Bridge. We opted for the longer hike and enjoyed the trek. It is all uphill but there are plenty of areas to stop for a quick rest. As you get to the top there is a very narrow passage to get from the underside to the top of the bridge. HEAYILY trafficked but the trail is clean and well maintained.

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18 Completed 6 Reviews

Loved Hood Branch Trail! Very peaceful!! A great sense of accomplishment once you hike this trail going up to the bridge. End your hike taking Rock Garden Trail down to Lower Gap. Lower Gap will take you to the skylift parking lot. Don't forget your Natural Insect Repellent!

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I've hiked this trail many times.. And each time it feels like a new adventure!!! It truly never gets old

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5 Completed 5 Reviews

awesome views, dangerous heights if hiking with small children use extra caution... take the shorter, steeper trail up (moderate to difficult hike) and the longer meandering hike back down so you can just relax and enjoy all the beauty...

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