Natural Bridge State Resort Park RV & Campground Guide

Kentucky

Natural Bridge State Resort Park

in Slade, KY, is home to the great natural sandstone arch that stands like a lookout over this mountain hideaway. Located in the midst of the Daniel Boone National Forest, near the Red River Gorge Geological Area, the arch spans 78 feet in length and 65 feet in height. The natural arches and rugged sandstone cliff lines are a geological wonder. From the top of the arch you can see the tops of sandstone ridges and lush valleys of green. Hikers and nature lovers marvel over the diversity of plant and animal life through every season.

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Weather
Spring 31-75 F
Summer 63-85 F
Fall 33-79 F
Winter 21-47 F
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Nearby Cities
Lexington, KY
Louisville, KY
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Whether you’re a tent camper or an RV camper, it’s your experience so experience it how you wish! If wilderness nightlife isn’t for you, you should consider renting an RV with RVshare.com. All RV rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team to make sure you get the RV perfectly designed for your adventure-seeking self. With the comforts of RV life, you will be ready to tackle each day’s adventures, whatever they bring. 

Natural Bridge State Park has 2 campgrounds to choose from. Though, it is such a popular place, they fill up quickly. Be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible. Here are a few other great RV parks in the area: 

4 Guys RV Park

Located in Stanton, KY, less than 1/2 mile away from the historic Nada Tunnel and just a few minutes away from Red River Gorge, Natural Bridge State Park and Daniel Boone National Forest. At 4 Guys RV Park there is something here for everyone to be happy about, with a swimming pool, fishing pond with big, large-mouth bass and Middle Fork Creek stocked with rainbow trout, onsite hiking and planned activities. Whether you are a big rig owner or a primitive camper, 4 Guys, offers spacious sites with sewer, water and electric hook-ups. Rates start at $39 per night. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wi-Fi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: swimming pool, fishing, laundry facilities, buddy sites, new bath house with private bathrooms, cabin rentals, picnic tables, playground, camp store, sport courts and activities

Red River Adventure

Located in Stanton, KY, Red River Adventure is the only canoe and kayak outfitter located directly in the Red River Gorge. The remote, primitive campground has no power hook-ups or running water, but it's location in the heart of the Gorge makes it the perfect place for riverside camping and provides access to hiking trails. There is a canoe/kayak take-out. Park your car at the riverside campground and let Red River Adventure take you up-river to begin your Adventure! Your canoe/kayak adventure ends back at the campground and your parked car. There is also a shuttle service to get hikers to and from trail-heads and to take privately owned canoes or kayaks to drop-offs. Rates are $8 per person, per day, kids 5 and under are free and $10 added for trailers/RVs over 10'.

  • Water hookup: no
  • Electrical hookup: no
  • Sewer hookup: no
  • Wi-Fi: no
  • Pet-friendly: yes

Other amenities: shuttle service, fire ring, picnic tables, canoe and kayak rental

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What to Do at
Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Inside Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Make the most of your trip to Natural Bridge State Park and the Red River Gorge and plan to stay. You may choose to sit back, relax and let the kids run free. Reconnect with family and friends while discovering and exploring the natural resources. The adventures and views await for an experience of a lifetime. Here are a few ideas to get your started: 

Natural Bridge Hoedown: Head to Hoedown Island on Saturdays from May through October for some easy-to-learn Appalachian square dancing, line dancing, two-stepping, polka’s, waltzes and other couple and individual dances. Admission is $3.00/person (ages 12 & under are free). 

Birding: The best time to bird watch is in May and June when the woodland warblers return and are most vocal and active. The Fall migration is also good. Winter bird watching is great because as the leaves drop, it is easier to view various species of woodpeckers, kinglets, nuthatches, wrens, and sparrows. Best places to watch: Hood’s Branch Trail, Rock Garden Trail, Whittleton Branch Trail, Lakeside Trail, Mill Creek Lake, Picnic Shelter 3 & 4 area.

Canoeing: Canoes are available for rental Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Fishing: Mill Creek Lake is a small peaceful lake surrounded by beautiful forest and towering sandstone cliffs. Bass, bluegill, black crappie, longear sunfish, green sunfish, rainbow trout, channel catfish and black bullhead are found here. The lake is also perfect for paddling canoes and kayaks, and a launch ramp is available for fishing boats.

Hiking: The ten hiking trails range from one-half mile to seven-and-one-half miles. Trail maps are available at the Hemlock Lodge. Due to its Nature Preserve status, dogs are not allowed on hiking trails at this park except for the Whittleton Trail.

Kayaking: Kayak rentals available Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Miniature Golf: Adults and children can enjoy playing 18 holes of mini golf located at picnic shelter #2 near the skylift parking area. Mini golf balls and putters can be rented at the Mini Golf Snack Bar or at the front desk of the Hemlock Lodge. 

Picnicking: Four picnic shelters with rest rooms, tables, grills, and a playground are located throughout the park. Shelters available for rental up to one year in advance. 

Sky Lift: For a more relaxing climb to natural bridge, enjoy a ride on the sky lift. The ascent begins one-half mile from the park entrance and ends within 600 feet of Natural Bridge. 

Swimming: The complex includes a bathhouse and a zero-depth walk-in pool. The main pool has fun directional water jets and floor bubblers. A wading pool with floor bubbles and fountain is fun for little ones. Rates: $5 per adult, $3 per child ages 3-12 daily.

Outside Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Once you have explored inside the park, you will find there is so much to do outside of the state park too – good thing you rented that RV! Close to Louisville, KY, and Lexington, KY, you can head to the city if you need some hustle and bustle. Or keep it slow and serene and check out some of these spots outside the park: 

Restaurants

Red River Rockhouse

Family-owned, supporting local farmers and artisans, and creating delicious food is Red River Rockhouse’s M.O. They specialize in grass-fed burgers, kale and spinach salad, traditional tacos, humongous burritos, tap beer, and wine & bourbon; you're sure to find something to complete your day in the Gorge!

Type: American

Location: Campton, KY

Red River Smokehouse

Slow ‘n low Texas style BBQ. You’ll enjoy the taste of BBQ smoked over hickory and oak and smothered in their special BBQ sauce. Try a few of our tasty sides, like the hearty hash brown casserole, jalapeno cheddar cornbread muffins or slow-smoked baked beans.

Type: Barbecue

Location: Slade, KY

Shopping

Natural Bridge Skylift Gift Shop

Located at the top of Natural Bridge, you will find country fresh fudge, and handcrafted crafts from the area as well as other unique items.

Location: Slade, KY

Daniel Boone Trading Post

Forgot some camping gear? You can grab it here and browse souvenirs and work by local artists. Stop in for a coffee or tea with homemade baked goods or breakfast sandwiches made at the deli. Maybe try a smoothie or shake. Get your BBQ meats from the local butcher supplier and accompanying condiments, sodas or basic ingredients for your campground dinner from the selection of groceries.

Location: Slade, KY

Sightseeing

Thrillsville Adventure Park

Cave boat tours are guided underground through the Gorge. You can kayak and paddle through yourself or hop on a group pontoon boat. Either way, this looks like a one-hour must-do experience.

Kentucky Reptile Zoo

Watch a venom extraction and tour the facilities that house 70 different reptiles. The KY Reptile Zoo strives to provide venom for antivenom and for medical and pharmaceutical research - to save lives!

Location: Slade, KY

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How to Get to
Natural Bridge State Resort Park

General Directions

Follow Bert T Combs Mountain Pkwy E to KY-11 S in Slade. Take exit 33 from Bert T Combs Mountain Pkwy E. Continue on KY-11 S. Drive to Hemlock Lodge Rd.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park

2135 Natural Bridge Rd.

Slade, KY 40376

Entering Natural Bridge State Resort Park

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