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Natural Bridge to host wildflower weekend

The foam flower of the Red River Gorge area.
The foam flower of the Red River Gorge area.
Kentucky Department of Parks

Natural Bridge State Resort Park, near Slade, welcomes Kentucky Native Plant Society’s Wildflower Weekend, April 11 through April 13, 2014.

Field trips and walks will be offered at 8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. on Friday; 8:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 1:30 a.m., and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday; and at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday. All field trips leave from the Hemlock Lodge lobby.

On Friday evening at 7:30 p.m., guest speaker Dr. Ross Clark, retired professor of biological sciences from Eastern Kentucky University, will give a presentation titled “The Future for Trees” in the Woodland Center.

On Saturday, at 6:30 p.m., the Kentucky Native Plant Society will conduct a general meeting. At 7:30 p.m., guest speaker Dr. William H. Martin will present “Forests of Kentucky: an overview of their past, present, and future” in the Woodland Center. Martin is a retired professor of biology and a former director of natural areas at Eastern Kentucky University. Martin is also a former commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources.

Natural Bridge, with its diversity of native plants, is the perfect setting for botanists, gardeners, and nature lovers to enjoy and learn more about the vegetation of the Commonwealth.

On-site registration fee is $10 per adult and $3 per child. Registration is open 30 minutes before all field trips and presentations. An agenda will be available upon registration.

For more information about Wildflower 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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