Natural Bridge Trail
ElevationAscent: 197' 60 m
Descent: -202' -62 m
High: 1,723' 525 m
Low: 1,522' 464 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“A beautiful trail in Picket State Park to an awesomely narrow natural sandstone bridge.”— Charles Pulse
Family Friendly Great for kids!
The trail gradually takes you upward along a small creek through a hardwood forest, dotted with rhodedendron. In about .5 miles you'll emerge on top of a narrow natural sandstone bridge. On the west side of the bridge is a path down for those who want to further explore the bridge from below. The beautiful, natural setting provides a great place for lunch or just a rest and refreshment and a log bench has been placed there for that purpose.
Once under the bridge, the choice is to either take a trail from that location or to climb back up on top of the bridge and follow the trail from the top. Both trails eventually merge into one trail which returns to the parking area. The lower trail is a steady, gradual descent through a hardwood forest for .2 miles to the merge. The upper trail travels slightly upward, staying on top of one bluff and then beside the wall of another.
At this point, the trail passes an interesting cave with two entrances. As you look into the first entrance, light from the second one illuminates the cave, beckoning one to explore by going in one entrance and exiting from the other. In .3 miles this trail merges with the lower trail. From the merge, the trail continues on for another .3 miles through lush forest to end in the parking lot.
Land Manager: Tennessee State Parks