7.5 mile, trailhead at upper end of Balanced Rock Trail, follows old logging road, descends steeply into Lower Hood Branch, climbs opposite side of valley for .2 mile then turns off road, difficult trail, allow 4-6 hours to complete
The sandstone arch which Natural Bridge State Resort Park derives it's name took millions of years to form. Located near 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 variety of 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 with full amenities. 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.