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Herpetology weekend scheduled at Natural Bridge

This wood frog is common in the Red River Gorge area of Kentucky.
This wood frog is common in the Red River Gorge area of Kentucky.
Kentucky Department of Parks

Natural Bridge State Resort Park, near Slade, will hold their annual Herpetology Weekend on Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10, 2014.

This weekend is a great way for visitors to learn more about some of nature’s most misunderstood and underappreciated creatures: frogs, turtles, lizards, salamanders, and snakes!

Evening presenters for Friday include Bruce Kingsbury, giving a presentation about Blanding’s Turtles; and John MacGregor, presenting on the “Herps of the Bluegrass.” On Saturday night, Dan Dourson will speak about his experience “Herping in Belize,” followed by a live reptile show presented by the staff of the Kentucky Reptile Zoo.

On Saturday, experienced herpetologists will lead morning and afternoon field trips into the Red River Gorge and surrounding areas to observe reptiles and amphibians in their native habitat. The entire family can enjoy nature up close and personal.

All field trips depart from the Hemlock Lodge lobby. Saturday morning trips will start from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; the afternoon trips will start from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Evening presentations on Friday and Saturday will take place in the Woodland Center.

On-site registration fee is $10.00 per adult, $3.00 for ages 13-17 and free for ages 12 and under. Registration opens 30 minutes prior to field trip departure or presentation.

For more information about Herpetology Weekend or to make a lodging reservation at Natural Bridge, call (800) 325-1710.

Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the Red River Gorge area of the Daniel Boone National Forest, the sandstone arch that is called Natural Bridge has stood for millenniums and some geologists believe the arch is at least a million years old. The arch is 78 feet in length, 65 feet high, 12 feet thick, and 20 feet wide.

The Hemlock Lodge at the park features 35 rooms, each with a private balcony, and the Sandstone Arches Restaurant. The lodge is just a short, but very steep, hike up the hillside to the Natural Bridge.

Other facilities at the park include cottages, gift shop, ski lift to the Natural Bridge, an outdoor swimming pool, and over 18 miles of hiking trails.

A little over 100 miles from Metro Louisville, Natural Bridge State Resort Park is located in east central Kentucky just two miles south of the Mountain Parkway on KY-11. More detailed driving directions can be found at

Natural Bridge State Resort Park
2135 Natural Bridge Road
Slade, KY 40376-9701
Telephone: (606) 663-2214 or (800) 325-1710

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