SLADE, Ky. (FOX 56) — The Red River Gorge Geologic Area might be one of Kentucky’s most iconic tourism posters, and that is being reinforced by Southern Living, which just named the Natural Bridge State Park the best park in Kentucky.

Natural Bridge State Park is about 3.5 square miles of hikes and sights in the Red River Gorge Geologic Area and is surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Forest.

The bridge is usually accessed through hiking trails or a seasonal skylift. Families looking to make Kentucky’s natural tourism part of their summer vacation can head to Hemlock Lodge for square dancing, line dancing, and traditional Appalachian clog dancing every Saturday and then relax at the Hemlock Lodge or one of the nearby camping sites.


Natural Bridge State Park was also featured in Southern Living’s 15 Best State Parks In Kentucky For Any Adventure alongside Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, and General Butler State Resort Park.

Southern Living’s full list:

  1. Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
  2. Greenbo Lake State Resort Park
  3. Natural Bridge State Resort Park
  4. Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
  5. Pine Mountain State Resort Park
  6. Carter Caves State Resort Park
  7. Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park
  8. General Butler State Resort Park
  9. Green River State Park
  10. John James Audubon State Park
  11. General Burnside Island State Park
  12. Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
  13. My Old Kentucky Home State Park
  14. Lake Barkley State Resort Park
  15. Rough River Dam

To see the list of the best park in every southern state visit Southern Living.