To reach the Rock Garden trailhead, you must first start on the Original Trail, turn right onto the Battleship Rock Trail, and then after several minutes, you will see the Rock Garden trailhead which is in the forest just above the Hemlock Lodge. The Rock Garden Trail maintains a relatively flat grade and meanders around many sandstone rock boulders. Although this trail has many flat sections, there are some steep stairs along the way. This is an enjoyable walk and is one of the best routes on the park for bird watchers and plant lovers. Elevation change of 220 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!