As I mentioned in my previous post, Carrick and I (accompanied by our dog) rented a cabin in Red River Gorge for Carrick's birthday. We spent several hours hiking on both Friday and Saturday. We were told at the cabin rental office that dogs are not allowed on the trails in the Natural Bridge State Park, so we headed instead to RRG.
|Rock Bridge Arch trail|
|Whistling Arch trail|
Just down the road from Angel Windows is the Whistling Arch trail, a short out-and-back trail, the highlight of which is the great view from the overlook. It reminded me of when I lived in Idaho as a child. My parents and I frequently traveled the region and I still have fond memories of the three of us visiting beautiful spots like Jenny Lake, Yellowstone, Jackson Hole and various other places, watching nature and wildlife. I'm pretty sure that's where my love of nature started.
|Chimney Top trail|
On Saturday, we drove back to the park and explored the Wildcat Trail. While this was a slightly more difficult trail (at least my knees were more sore than the previous day), it was by far my favorite. The trail descends around thick areas of wild Rhododendrons which are apparently in bloom during May and June. We have purplish-pink Rhododendrons in our front yard which are beautiful every summer. I can only imagine how impressive it is to walk among so many blooming Rhododendrons as we listen to birds sing. We'll definitely be revisiting this trail again in the summer.
|Wild Rhododendron on the Wildcat Trail|
|Sky Bridge Trail|
The trail descends a bit to another handrail overlook, then wanders back underneath the Sky Bridge. The view from below was just as impressive as the view from above. And not as scary.
Overall, we had a great time checking out the trails and plan to go back again soon to visit some of the others. Someday, I hope to be in good enough physical shape (and to be 20 or 30 pounds lighter) to be able to hike the 7-mile Rough Trail. This is a beautiful part of Kentucky. We've lived here 12 years now. I'm not sure what took us this long to visit.