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.

Rock Garden Trail

Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Slade, Kentucky


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.

  • Length: 1.75 mi
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Hiking

Tim Hibbard
2135 Natural Bridge Rd.
Slade, KY 40376

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