Red River Gorge, Kentucky

Curt and I visited Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge Park in Kentucky today. I realized afterward it really is not a day trip, but more of a weekend getaway kinda trip……

I pretty much dragged my brother all the way down there because the weather channel map said that that area was at peak fall foliage. Since the leaves haven’t turned in the three years ive been home i was really hoping to get pics of a colorful fall.
So by the time we actually made it up to natural bridge the sun had just set. We couldn’t see the hand in front of your face. If Curts new mobile didn’t have a flashlight I’m not sure we would have made it down that hill. here’s information about the trail we had taken.

Trail 1. The Original Trail Length 0.75-mile

This trail was built in the 1890s by the Lexington and Eastern Railroad and continues to be the most popular route today. It is the shortest and easiest trail for hiking to the Natural Bridge. Beginning at the gift shop the trail gently climbs 1/4-mile to the trailhead behind Hemlock Lodge. From here, you will see the steepest part of the trail before you, but at the top of the limestone steps it quickly levels off. There are four trail shelters, two of which were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps when there was a camp at Whittleton Creek in the 1930s. The trail climbs over 500-feet through an impressive forest of hemlock, yellow poplar, white pine, and dense thickets of rhododendron. It ends beneath the span of the Natural Bridge. Access to the top of the bridge is through a natural fracture on the other side of the arch.

So it was night and my tripod was in the car this is all i could come up with for a picture. and by the way climbing a 500 foot tall trail doesn’t account for the trail being 1/2 a mile.


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