Hiking at Natural Bridge State Park Kentucky

IMG_3498edit IMG_3508edit IMG_3516This week Shauna and I took a short camping trip to Natural Bridge State Park in Eastern Kentucky.  We camped and had a mostly enjoyable time.  While the area is beautiful and the hiking fantastic its also challenging.  Shaundo has been dealing with knee injury for a year and while she is plenty fast moving on most trails she doesn’t do so well in real rough or steep terrain.  The trails at Natural Bridge are steep, not too rough, but very steep, there are many stairways, some carved or crafted stone, others from wood; climbing all these stairs was hard on her knee and limited the amount of hiking we were able to do.

The Natural Bridge it’s self is an awesome sight and I had a great time checking out the overlooks and trails.  We only stayed one night, but the Red River Gorge area offers lots of other trails and sights to see.  We also took advantage of the Park Lodge, which had a great restaurant, comfortable chairs and wi-fi.

Miguels Pizza is a local hotspot and apparently a world famous location.  We didn’t go there.  We drove by and the place appeared to be overrun with hipsters.

One of the more interesting groups we encountered were walking up to  the overlook with some photographic gear.  There was a girl with them wearing a white medieval looking dress with a ring of ivy and wild flowers around her head.  She was walking barefoot.  I think she was going for the most dramatic senior portrait imaginable.  I got a neat photo of the group from an adjacent overlook.

So in conclusion, Natural Bridge is a pretty neat place with lots of hiking and some interesting people and stuff.  Worth checking out.

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About Matt Gholson

Cycling, school teaching, husband.
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