This trail starts at the sky lift parking area and climbs the hill to two wooden footbridges. Once past the second footbridge, the trail makes a switchback and continues to climb to a natural gap in the limestone. From here, the trail follows an old logging road and connects to the Rock Garden Trail. At this junction, hikers can go left to the Hemlock Lodge or right to the Natural Bridge. Many visitors that take a one way trip on the sky lift will use Rock Garden Trail (in part) and Low Gap Trail for a 1.25 mile hike which is the shortest route connecting the Natural Bridge to the sky lift parking area. Elevation change of 320 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!