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Natural Bridge and Hood Branch Trail

Slade, KY

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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below is a guide of this trail, with better starting directions

http://books.google.com/books?id=utZsyxE7L9kC&pg=PA181&lpg=PA181&dq=catawba+overlook&source=bl&ots=4PArBhMq5t&sig=UiFj0k4fMmda3diKMBrK_rxKIVk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=fwXNU_28K8WryASO4ICYCw&ved=0CEsQ6AEwCQ#v=one

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Natural Bridge and Hood Branch Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

This was a great hike that honestly offered much more than I expected. It is a very well put together trail.(you can really tell that they took their time in planning it out) The natural bridge itself seems to happen upon you in "all of a sudden" fashion. Honestly I was surprised when I realized that I was standing on it. The route that we took had us walk about three or four miles before we actually got to the bridge site. Along the way there were a number of side trails that lead to very interesting areas. (One such area lead to a carving of the illuminati symbol believe it or not -- Who knows what has been going on up there..... :) I'll include a picture.) Another great feature about this site is that there are a couple of amazing sites within about a mile. One such area is called the "Lover's Leap." There seemed to be a lot of carving on this trail. As another posted commented, make sure that you keep an eye on small children -- There are many areas (The entire natural bridge) that will result in serious injury or immediate death if you fall/slip off. (There was a park attendant watching over the natural bridge area when I was there; however, they was no one at the other two scenic areas nearby -- which are equally as dangerous.) As a side note, if you are looking to go on some of the side trails (Many do not go very far, but lead to some very interesting areas) there is one trail very early on in the hike that leads to what I think is a government run bird watching area of some sort. There was a ladder that was locked off which someone had obviously tried to break though. On the opposite side of the rock face, I found an area where you can climb up. (Not an easy climb) Later in the hike I noticed that the same mountain that we had been on earlier had a door that was built into the said of the mountain above were the ladder was. No idea what any of it was for... They could be hiding something... ;)

HAPPY HIKING!

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