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.

Laurel Ridge Trail

Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Slade, Kentucky


Starting at the top of Natural Bridge, this is an easy walk around the rim of the cliffs. The trail goes past the sky lift and winds out the ridge to Lookout Point, the sandstone cliff visible from the Natural Bridge. Follow Laurel Ridge Trail around the bend and you will come to the top of Devil’s Gulch Stairway, a very steep stairway that leads to Battleship Rock Trail and a shortcut to Hemlock Lodge and the parking areas. If you continue on Laurel Ridge past Devil’s Gulch, you will arrive at another set of stairs on your right. This is the Needle’s Eye Stairway, built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It will also lead you to Battleship Rock Trail. Laurel Ridge Trail continues on along the top of the ridge to a dead end at Lover’s Leap, an overlook with a commanding view of the canyon below.

  • Length: 0.75 mi
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Hiking

Tim Hibbard
2135 Natural Bridge Rd.
Slade, KY 40376

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