Thursday, 02 28, 2013
Brian Gasdorf or Tyler Morgan,
SLADE, Ky. – Discover the beauty of Natural Bridge State Resort Park on one or more naturalist-led guided hikes in the Natural Bridge Trail Trek Series that starts March 16.
Complete all five guided hikes (over 20 miles of trails) in this series and you will have hiked all of the trails at Natural Bridge State Resort Park!
Those who complete all five hikes will receive a Natural Bridge T-shirt and will have an encompassing appreciation of Natural Bridge. Hikers will get a good look at the area's rugged cliff lines, rock shelters, arches and the wide scope of plants and animals.
Meet at the Hemlock Lodge lobby at 9 a.m. for each trek. The fee for each trek is $5 per person. Ages 10-17 must be accompanied by an adult. The minimum age is 10 years old. Payment is due upon arrival. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Participants need to dress for the weather and bring plenty of water, snacks, and a lunch if desired. Call 1-800-325-1710.
Here is the schedule of hikes:
March 16 Trek: 4 miles on the Sheltowee Trace Trail
May 18 Trek: 4 miles on the Lower Original Trail, Lakeside Trail, Henson's Cave Arch Trail and the Whittleton Trail
June 1 Trek: 4 miles on the Rock Garden trail and the Battleship Rock Trail
Sept. 28 Trek: 5 miles on Hood's Branch Trail, Rock Garden Trail (in part) and the Low Gap Trail
Oct. 12 Trek: 8 miles on Sand Gap Trail and the Original Trail.
Natural Bridge State Resort Park has a lodge, cottages, the Sandstone Arches Restaurant, gift shop and hiking trails. For more information or for room reservations, phone 1-800-325-1710. The resort near Slade is 52 miles southeast of Lexington off the Mountain Parkway on KY 11, Exit 33.
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