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blue Hood Branch Trail

Trail

2.7 mile 4.4 kilometer point to point
94% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 70' 21 m
Descent: -503' -153 m
High: 1,244' 379 m
Low: 811' 247 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)

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Trail shared by Chris Chaney

Hood Branch Trail is a great way to see Natural Bridge and avoid most of the crowds.

Chris Chaney

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

This trail is less well traveled than many in the state park.

Description

From the Sky Lift parking area look for the terminus of this trail (and Sand Gap Trail) to the right of the Sky Lift in the woods near the mini-golf course. The trail climbs steeply before contouring into the hillside and settling into a more gentle grade as it climbs deeper and deeper into Upper Hood Branch.

This is a nice quiet trail with some great views in wintertime of the surrounding cliffs.

The trail ends at the top right at the Natural Bridge Arch. You can return to the parking area via Rock Garden Trail West and the Low Gap Trail. Alternatively, you can run the loop clockwise for an even better experience.

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Aug 5, 2018
Tyler Youngman
Jul 14, 2018
Luca Keushguerian
Sign at start of HB Says its 3 to the top of Natural Bridge. Started at Skylift ran up a nd back down 6mi
May 27, 2017
Carey Miller

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  3.7 from 3 votes

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#172

in Kentucky

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