Kentucky Tourism

Natural Bridge Trails

Pets are not permitted on the Hiking Trails at Natural Bridge, except for the Henson Arch and Whittleton Trails. Most Trails at Natural Bridge are within a dedicated Kentucky State Nature Preserve, and pets are not permitted as a part of the management guidelines. However, all trails are open to pets in the Red River Gorge area.
Hiking Trail Rules and Guidelines

Facility & Trail Maps
Locate trails and more on Natural Bridge's facility map, or use their interactive adventure map.

Henson's Arch Trail

Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Slade, Kentucky


This short trail leads to a small but unusual limestone arch at the entrance to a cave. The cave is too small to be of much interest, but a nearby stairway leads into a sinkhole so that hikers can appreciate the arch and cave-like atmosphere. The Henson’s Arch trailhead is located in the Whittleton Campground just past the bathhouse. The trail begins at a small wooden bridge and then turns left. The trail quickly goes up a steep section and then levels out for a pleasant walk through the forest. The trail begins to ascend again as hikers begin approaching the arch. Once at the arch, hikers will then need to return using the same trail.

  • Length: 0.3 mi
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Hiking

Tim Hibbard
2135 Natural Bridge Rd.
Slade, KY 40376

Region: Eastern
County: Powell
Phone: 606-663-2214