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Original Trail to Natural Bridge

Intermediate
 4.1 (10)

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


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0.5

Miles

0.8

KM

Point to Point

1,244' 379 m

High

877' 267 m

Low

384' 117 m

Up

56' 17 m

Down

17%

Avg Grade (10°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

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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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Chris Davis with improvements by Michael Kontos

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  4.1 from 10 votes

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#70

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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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Nov 23, 2020
Bobrunning Running
Oct 22, 2020
Chris W
Jul 11, 2020
Nick B
Jun 8, 2020
Sam Gardner
Nice morning fitness hike.
Dec 1, 2019
Steve B
1.2mi
Nov 17, 2019
Anna Fatta
0.5mi — 1h 00m
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
Jul 6, 2019
Anna Fatta
0.5mi — 1h 00m