Department of Parks
2014 Natural Bridge Trail Trek Series Announced

Press Release Date:  Monday, February 10, 2014  
Contact Information:  Brian Gasdorf,
800-325-1710
 


SLADE, Ky. – Discover the beauty of Natural Bridge State Resort Park on one or more naturalist-led guided hikes in the 2014 Natural Bridge Trail Trek Series that starts Saturday, March 22. 

 

Each trek in the series will be different, and all will include hiking over moderate to difficult terrain. Complete all five guided hikes (over 25 miles) in this series and you will have hiked all of the trails at Natural Bridge State Resort Park!  Those who complete all five treks will receive a Natural Bridge T-shirt and will have truly experienced the rugged cliff line, rock shelters, arches, plants, and animals at the park!

 

Meet at the Hemlock Lodge lobby at 9 a.m. for each trek.  The first four treks in the series will last approximately 3-5 hours and the last (Nov. 8) trek will last approximately 5-7 hours.

 

The fee for each trek is $8 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 preregistration 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 Saturday treks and approximate mileages for each:

 

March 22 Trek:  4 miles
April 26 Trek:  4 miles
June 7 Trek:  4 miles
Sept. 27 Trek:  5 miles
Nov. 8 Trek:  8 miles

 

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.

 

 

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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