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Original Trail to Natural Bridge

Intermediate

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0.5 mile 0.8 kilometer point to point
63% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 384' 117 m
Descent: -56' -17 m
High: 1,244' 379 m
Low: 877' 267 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 17% (10°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)

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A nice and wide doubletrack that leads up to the base of Natural Bridge.

Chris Davis

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Wildlife

Open daylight hours only.

Description

This is a nice trail with some paved sections, although it is mostly gravel up to the Natural Bridge. This section of trail is also part of the Sheltowee Trail and is the oldest trail leading to the bridge. This follows an old logging road that was improved by the CCC, and you'll see remains of their shelters and retaining walls on your way up to the top.

While short, don't underestimate the incline of this trail, especially if you are not used to running. I know of this trail catching numerous people off guard, not knowing that it is a pretty strenuous climb up. However, there are lots of places to stop and rest on the way up, and the view from Natural Bridge is fantastic, though usually very crowded.

Flora & Fauna

Chipmunks, squirrels, mixed hardwoods, ferns, and hemlock can be found in this area.

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Photos

Sunrise from Natural Bridge
Jul 6, 2015 near Campton, KY
Natural Bridge
Jul 9, 2015 near Campton, KY
Walkway to Natural Bridge
Jul 9, 2015 near Campton, KY
View from Natural Bridge
May 10, 2018 near Campton, KY
View from Lookout Point at Natural Bridge
Jul 9, 2015 near Campton, KY
View under Natural Bridge from Original Trail
Nov 24, 2017 near Campton, KY

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