Natural Bridge State Resort Park, near Slade, will begin a new adventure featuring guided hikes called Natural Bridge Trek Series. The first hike is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2013.
The series will consist of five hikes; the first three hikes are each four miles in length, the last two are five miles and eight miles respectively. In addition to the March 16 first hike, other dates scheduled are May 18, June 1, September 28, and October 12.
The cost to participate in this adventure is $5.00 per person per trek and includes an expert guide; Natural Bridge tee shirt will be given to those who complete all five treks. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling the park at (800) 325-1710.
The minimum age for participation is 10 years old and those aged 10-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should dress for the weather and bring plenty of water and snacks. All hikes will leave from the Hemlock Lodge at 9:00 a.m.; a description of the hikes is included in the attached list along with maps of the trails.
For more information about Natural Bridge Trek Series 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 nearly 20 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 www.maps.google.com.
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
2135 Natural Bridge Road
Slade, KY 40376-9701
Telephone: (606) 663-2214 or (800) 325-1710