Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Natural Bridge State Resort Park

We camped at Natural Bridge State Resort Park in the Middle Fork Campground for four nights.  If you have a big rig like us, it could be tight going in the busy season.  As it was though, we were one of just a handful in the campground.  The bathhouse was heated, and the showers were clean and great!

Although we originally thought this would be one of those places where you stay in the park and have plenty to do right there in the park, we learned that Natural Bridge is just a portion of what is available to explore, so we divided our time between Natural Bridge and the Red River Gorge.  And although we thought winter was over, it clearly had a resurgence; it was cloudy and in the 40s when we arrived!  Fortunately, it didn't stay cold & dreary; the clouds gave way to sun & warmth.

We decided to hike to Natural Bridge even though there is a chair lift because the lift is rather pricey, and it's  just .75 miles to hike to it.  We took the Original Trail up to the Bridge and then hiked back along an assortment of trails to the Balanced Rock Trail and back to where we parked.

Once again, Jake had it easy on this hike.
The Natural Bridge from underneath.
They built steps to the top where you can walk over it.
The kiddos at the top of the bridge.
This is "Lover's Leap". it is a straight drop down at the end of the rock.
Steve and his little buddy
A bit of a squeeze to get through to the top of Natural Bridge.

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