There's also ample camping. Whether you want a simple campsite, a modest resort or a luxurious vacation house, Kentucky Lake has all of them.
The fishing was ideal, the weather in early June was perfect for outdoor activities -- especially swimming and boating. For us, this vacation spot was only 2 hours from our home in Indiana, which was another plus.
The bridge is a large sandstone arch, which took millions of years to be formed naturally by the environmental activities of weathering.
This place is surrounded by the Daniel Boone Natural Forest. I have visited this park many times throughout the years and usually set up a tent and stay overnight at one of their campsites.
However, they do have alternative places to stay at, such as the Hemlock Lodge as well as cottages, which are surrounded by the forest. Natural Bridge has many trails through beautiful scenic areas, including Henson’s Cave Arch, Lovers Leap, and an interesting passageway known as Fat Man’s squeeze.
Fat Man’s Squeeze is a narrow pathway within the stone formation that leads to the lower area of the arch. Near the actual bridge is a unique sandstone structure called the Balanced Rock, a large formation of sandstone, which is located at the edge of a cliff.
The Natural Bridge State Resort Park offers guided backpacking tours and historical educational programs for natural history. One of my favorite things to do while vacationing in Natural Bridge is to visit the watercraft rental dock and use one of their Hydrobikes or Pedal Boats to travel across the Hoedown Island Lake.
However, in my opinion, the Sky Lift is the most exciting thing about this park. The Sky Lift allows you to relax in a seat while being carried over a large portion of the park’s landscape. Natural Bridge also has a swimming pool with a nearby snack house, which sells ice cream and other treats.
The Kentucky Horse Park is a 1,200-acre working horse farm situated in the heart of Kentucky horse country. Here you can learn about and see 50 different horse breeds during their daily parade of breeds.
The International Museum of the Horse is here and it features an art gallery with equine artwork and exhibitions on the draft horse, sporting horses and other horse topics. There’s also a museum devoted to the beloved American Thoroughbred.
While you are visiting the Kentucky Horse Park you can watch a farrier make horseshoes, measure your own stride against Man o’War’s 28-foot stride at the horse’s memorial and grave, as well as see the final resting place of many other famous race champions.
Tour the grounds of the park on a trolley pulled by one of the many breeds of draft horses. Rub the head of a beautiful new foal at the Mare and Foal Show. Kids, horse fans and animal loving people will enjoy this fun vacation idea.
A similar early 19th-century cabin is preserved in a Beaux arts granite building here at the historic site. Near the memorial a spring flows over a granite ledge and pours into a sinkhole.
The historic site includes about 1/3 of the original 350-acre farm own by Thomas and Nancy Lincoln. Also on the historic site is a visitor center that illustrates the life of Lincoln as also Lincoln memorabilia.
Visit Red River Gorge Geological Area and see more than 100 natural arches and other geological features. There are over 60 miles of hiking trails which will provide views of the cliffs and ridges of this section of the Daniel Boone National Forest.
The hiking trails are great for enjoying the beautiful landscape. A popular feature, and one of the most accessible, is Sky Bridge Arch. It spans 75 feet and towers 25 feet in the air.
The Clifty Wilderness area here is cut throughout by steep valleys and the forest terrain is dotted with cliffs and arches.
Kentucky’s only nationally designated "Wild and Scenic River", the Red River, runs through the Clifty Wilderness. Just outside the Red River Gorge Geological Area is the Natural Bridge State Park which is home to a 900-ton natural bridge that spans two ridges.