Trail Guidelines

Rules and Regulations for Hiking Trails

  • Trails are managed as part of the natural environment.
  • Visitors must be prepared to meet and accept nature on its own terms.
  • Please stay on designated trail.
  • Trail is open from sunrise to sunset.
  • Do not hike alone.
  • Proper footwear recommended. Help preserve the trail’s natural resources.



The following activities are prohibited on Kentucky State Parks hiking trails, unless otherwise noted:

  • ATV's
  • Campfires
  • Horseback Riding
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Rappelling and rock climbing.
  • Hunting or disturbing wildlife.
  • Collecting or digging for artifacts.
  • Picking flowers or harming plants.
  • Carving or damaging rock formations and trees.
  • Unleashed Pets (must be on leash). Pets are not allowed on trails dedicated as  Kentucky State Nature Preserve Lands.



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. Also, pets are not permitted within the McCreary County side of Cumberland Falls State Resort Park as this area is within a dedicated Kentucky State Nature Preserve.