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Hood Branch Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.8 (5)

Hood Branch Trail is a great way to see Natural Bridge and avoid most of the crowds.


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Map Key

2.7

Miles

4.4

KM

Point to Point

1,244' 379 m

High

811' 247 m

Low

70' 21 m

Up

503' 153 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

From the Sky Lift parking area look for the terminus of this trail (and Sand Gap Trail) to the right of the Sky Lift in the woods near the mini-golf course. The trail climbs steeply before contouring into the hillside and settling into a more gentle grade as it climbs deeper and deeper into Upper Hood Branch.

This is a nice quiet trail with some great views in wintertime of the surrounding cliffs.

The trail ends at the top right at the Natural Bridge Arch. You can return to the parking area via Rock Garden Trail West and the Low Gap Trail. Alternatively, you can hike the loop clockwise for an even better experience.

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Shared By:

Chris Chaney

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  3.8 from 5 votes

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Photos

Sunrise from Natural Bridge
Jul 6, 2015 near Campton, KY
Natural Bridge
Jul 9, 2015 near Campton, KY
Walkway to Natural Bridge
Jul 9, 2015 near Campton, KY
View from Natural Bridge
May 10, 2018 near Campton, KY
View under Natural Bridge from Original Trail
Nov 24, 2017 near Campton, KY
Natural Bridge
May 10, 2018 near Campton, KY

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