Rock Garden Trail
ElevationAscent: 482' 147 m
Descent: -182' -55 m
High: 1,269' 387 m
Low: 950' 290 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 55% (29°)
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“Technical and scenic, the Rock Garden Trail is unforgettable.”— Chris Chaney
From Low Gap head right (south) toward Natural Bridge. Continue up through some insanely steep stairs (think Stairs of Cirith Ungol) that will make you think twice about returning the same way.
At the top of the rock steps the grade eases and you can settle into picking your line through rocks and roots along the edge of a cliff with a few smooth sections interspersed. You'll breathe a sigh of relief when you see the big arch ahead of you.
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Land Manager: Kentucky State Parks - Natural Bridge State Resort Park