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Laurel Ridge Trail

Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Slade, Kentucky


Starting at the top of Natural Bridge, this is an easy walk around the rim of the cliffs. The trail goes past the sky lift and winds out the ridge to Lookout Point, the sandstone cliff visible from the Natural Bridge. Follow Laurel Ridge Trail around the bend and you will come to the top of Devil’s Gulch Stairway, a very steep stairway that leads to Battleship Rock Trail and a shortcut to Hemlock Lodge and the parking areas. If you continue on Laurel Ridge past Devil’s Gulch, you will arrive at another set of stairs on your right. This is the Needle’s Eye Stairway, built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It will also lead you to Battleship Rock Trail. Laurel Ridge Trail continues on along the top of the ridge to a dead end at Lover’s Leap, an overlook with a commanding view of the canyon below.

  • Length: 0.75 mi
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Hiking

Tim Hibbard
2135 Natural Bridge Rd.
Slade, KY 40376

Region: Eastern
County: Powell
Phone: 606-663-2214