Monday, 09 23, 2013
Tyler Morgan or Tim Hibbard,
SLADE, Ky. – Looking for something unique and exciting to do this fall?
Visit Natural Bridge State Resort Park on Oct. 18-19 for “Natural Bridge by Moonlight” – a one-time event under a full moon. Guests will be able to ride the sky lift and view Natural Bridge at night.
Starting each night at 7 p.m., guests can purchase round-trip sky lift tickets, ascend over 400 feet on a 10 minute sky lift ride and walk out to the arch to enjoy the ambiance of a moonlit viewing of the Natural Bridge, Lookout Point, and the valley surrounding the Middle Fork of the Red River.
The trails normally close at dusk throughout the year, but on these two nights only, visitors will have the opportunity to ride the sky lift and take in the sights and scenery until 10 p.m.
Laurel Ridge Trail leads guests from the sky lift to Natural Bridge. No hiking will be permitted on other trails (including the path that leads below the arch).
Although Laurel Ridge Trail will be dimly lit due to the brightness of the moon (if weather permits), participants should also bring flashlights to assist them while walking. All participants must board the sky lift and be on their descent by 10 p.m.
Adults (ages 13 and up) can purchase round-trip tickets for $15 each, and the cost for children (ages 4-12) will be $10 each. Guests should call ahead (800)-325-1710 in case of bad weather.
Natural Bridge State Resort Park is home to one of the larger natural arches in the state and is surrounded by Daniel Boone National Forest. Natural Bridge offers lodging, cottages, a restaurant and campground accommodations. Hiking trails and other recreational opportunities are available. For more information call 1-800-325-1710 or visit www.parks.ky.gov/findparks/resortparks/nb
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov