Hood's Branch Trail is a hiking trail in Powell County, Kentucky. It is within Daniel Boone National Forest. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 738 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,184 feet. The trail ends near the Natural Bridge viewpoint. There is also a shelter near the end of the trail.
Hood's Branch Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Of all the hikes in Natural Bridge State Resort Park—in fact, of all the hikes in the entire Red River Gorge area—this one is without a doubt one of the most demanding and difficult. You have several options for climbing to and descending from the Natural Bridge arch, but this route is the longest. Because of the difficulty, expect extreme solitude here. You should also expect to occasionally get anxious over trail junctions, thick rhododendron thickets, and endless numbers of spiderwebs strung across the trail. On the other hand, because of the relative lack of human visitors, you can also expect to see wildlife: wild turkeys roosting in the trees, deer in the thickets, or snakes along the trail."
--Sean Patrick Hill, Hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge (Menasha Ridge Press).
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