Start at the Original trailhead, located off of the sidewalk behind the Hemlock Lodge and go up to the top of the first set of steps. Here, Battleship Rock Trail splits off to the right of the Original Trail. In less than a quarter mile, the Rock Garden Trail splits off to the right, while Battleship Rock Trail turns left and continues to steadily climb eventually leading to a wooden bridge followed by a series of wooden steps. After completing the wooden steps, you arrive at the base of a tall cliff near the Devil’s Gulch Stairway and the Needles Eye Stairway, both of which are very steep stairways that lead to the Laurel Ridge Trail on the cliffs above. Battleship Rock Trail does not go up either stairway, rather continues at the base of the cliff. This section of trail is relatively flat and will lead you around the base of Lookout Point and eventually to the underside of Natural Bridge. Elevation change of 230 feet.
The sandstone arch which Natural Bridge State Resort Park derives its name took millions of years to form. Located just a few minutes from Slade in eastern Kentucky, Natural Bridge is found off the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway. The park has some of the most unique geological formations, and breathtaking views found anywhere in the commonwealth. Serious adventure seekers love to visit Natural Bridge due to its plentiful year-round and seasonal activities. Hiking, camping, wildlife viewing, geological landmarks and a Skylift are just a few of the opportunities available to visitors. There is also a 60-acre lake in the park, as well as a lodge that offers accommodation options full amenities—reserve your room early. People find themselves totally immersed in their natural surroundings when visiting Natural Bridge State Resort Park, and it keeps many people returning year after year. Come see one of the most spectacular natural bridges in the region, stay at the campground or lodge, and recreate in Kentucky’s great outdoors!