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.

Battleship Rock Trail

Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Slade, Kentucky


Start at the Original trailhead, located off of the sidewalk behind the Hemlock Lodge and go up to the top of the first set of steps. Here, Battleship Rock Trail splits off to the right of the Original Trail. In less than a quarter mile, the Rock Garden Trail splits off to the right, while Battleship Rock Trail turns left and continues to steadily climb eventually leading to a wooden bridge followed by a series of wooden steps. After completing the wooden steps, you arrive at the base of a tall cliff near the Devil’s Gulch Stairway and the Needles Eye Stairway, both of which are very steep stairways that lead to the Laurel Ridge Trail on the cliffs above. Battleship Rock Trail does not go up either stairway, rather continues at the base of the cliff. This section of trail is relatively flat and will lead you around the base of Lookout Point and eventually to the underside of Natural Bridge. Elevation change of 230 feet.

  • Length: 0.75 mi
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Hiking

Tim Hibbard
2135 Natural Bridge Rd.
Slade, KY 40376

Region: Eastern
County: Powell
Phone: 606-663-2214
Email: [email protected]