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Original Trail to Natural Bridge

Intermediate

Trail

0.5 mile 0.8 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 384' 117 m
Descent: -56' -17 m
High: 1,244' 379 m
Low: 877' 267 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 17% (10°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)

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A nice and wide doubletrack that leads up to the base of Natural Bridge.

Chris Davis

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Wildlife

Open daylight hours only.

Description

This is a nice trail with some paved sections, although it is mostly gravel up to the Natural Bridge. This section of trail is also part of the Sheltowee Trail and is the oldest trail leading to the bridge. This follows an old logging road that was improved by the CCC, and you'll see remains of their shelters and retaining walls on your way up to the top.

While short, don't underestimate the incline of this trail, especially if you are not used to hiking. I know of this trail catching numerous people off guard, not knowing that it is a pretty strenuous climb up. However, there are lots of places to stop and rest on the way up, and the view from Natural Bridge is fantastic, though usually very crowded.

Flora & Fauna

Chipmunks, squirrels, mixed hardwoods, ferns, and hemlock can be found in this area.

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Aug 10, 2019
Keylie Gibson
Steep uphill climb. Watch out for all the poison ivy along the sides of the trail. Well kept trail. Worth the short butt busting to get to the top. 1mi — 1h 30m
May 27, 2019
Greg Southerland
Apr 13, 2019
Michael Henry
0.5mi
Dec 27, 2018
Mike Damian
Mar 14, 2018
Steven Eley
Alex, Maren, Robert Heston, Andres, Vilinte, Daniel Heston 1mi
Oct 3, 2017
Kate McConnell
Sep 1, 2014
Chayce Rickelman

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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 from Lookout Point at Natural Bridge
Jul 9, 2015 near Campton, KY
View under Natural Bridge from Original Trail
Nov 24, 2017 near Campton, KY

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