“We need the tonic of wildness…We can never have enough of nature.”
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods
Do you remember the simple joy of being out in nature that you knew as a young child? You can re-discover the freedom and connection to the world around you that you once took for granted. If you have no idea what that freedom and connection is all about, it's time to experience it for the very first time. Either way – come here to re-connect, or to connect for the first time ever – with the renewing power of nature – in the beautiful Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge State Resort Park in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Southeastern Kentucky, where life is still simple and nature is still untouched.
Spending time in nature, touching the rugged shapes of rocks, hearing the crunch of leaves under your feet and the sound of an owl or crickets, seeing a hawk fly overhead, running your fingers under a waterfall you suddenly discover when hiking, sharing the magnificent view of a full Kentucky moon on a cloudless night, smelling the sweet aroma of wildflowers – these experiences turn on those “feel good” sensations in our brains, heightening our connection to ourselves, to the Universe, and to those we love in a unique way unlike anything else we can do for our physical, mental, and spiritual health. Nature has so much to teach us about how wondrous our world is!
Take an invigorating hike or a relaxing sky lift to see the Natural Bridge arch from Lookout Point, then walk out onto Natural Bridge itself. This amazing sandstone arch has been here for over a million years, drawing visitors since 1889 to see this Kentucky wonder for themselves and to walk the magnificent arch with their own two feet! Gaze across the mountainous landscape to take in the beauty of Lookout Point, where you just stood minutes before, breathe in the fresh air and be inspired by the splendor of a mountain outcroppings that have not changed for millinneums! Imagine the millions of people from all over the world who have shared these stunning views and walked along the same paths before you over a century – many without the benefit of a sky lift to the top. Join them in being amazed by Nature!
Marvel at the raw beauty of mountains and forests against an orange sky at sunset, and feel the stress and worries of your life melt away in the awesome blend of light and color that we miss in crowded cities, and forget to stop and appreciate in our busy daily routine. You will notice that your breathing slows down and your spirit is nourished by the unfolding of a masterpiece by the hand of nature right before your eyes! In quiet solitude, you may begin to find that inner child again, or begin to feel the first words of that book you were meant to write, that image you were meant to capture on canvas or through the eye of a camera, or the simple solution to a problem you have been struggling with. Nature has a way of putting everything into perspective and reminding us to be grateful for the pleasure of seeing, hearing, smelling, and feeling the beauty of the natural world. Sharing the spectacular views with those you love will create a memory that will return again and again throughout the years.
Listen for the soothing sounds of flowing brooks and waterfalls, catch a glimpse of amazing varieties of birds, butterflies, wild turkey and deer. Observe the petals of a Spring flower or the glorious colors of a Fall maple leaf. Hug a tree. Feed a duck. Start a conversation with a bird.
Enjoy the sweet smell of wildflowers and honeysuckle, and feast your eyes on the quiet wonder of rock outcroppings that took millions of years to form, amazing ice images in the river in winter, and the peaceful beauty of sunrise on a hazy summer morning at Auxier Ridge. Relax with those you love in a deluxe cabin on our 200 private acres, reconnect around a fire pit after dark, cook together over a grill on a cabin deck with a view of a mountain or pond, or enjoy a bubbling hot tub in your mountain getaway cabin. At Birch Hollow, we have our own Dale Hollow Hiking Trail – an easy and fun 2-mile hike up the mountain, with lovely views, and you don't even have to leave the Hollow!
There is so much to see and to learn from Nature right here in Birch Hollow. Do you know which plants are edible, or which ones can protect you from poison ivy? Would you like to hear the soothing sound of the creek that flows all through the Hollow? Take a 12-minute walking tour with our good friend and expert survival trainer Craig Caudill by clicking here.
Find your way back to nature – it’s a gift to yourself and those you love! Click here to book one of our 10 deluxe cabins NOW!
Come get back to Nature with us!
One of THE nicest cabin/homes we have ever stayed in !!! Gorgeous! And the hospitality was 5 star! Didn’t want to leave…
The views here are awesome…such a nice, beautiful place…
Beautiful place to hike, explore…This was our first visit to Kentucky. Loved it.
We had a wonderful family adventure. Thank you! Thank you!
Thank you so much for a beautiful weekend. We had no idea this area of Kentucky was so amazing…we will most certainly return!
Our family will never forget our stay at Birch Hollow. We enjoyed everything the area had to offer. Thank you for everything! We’ll be back!!
Natural Bridge was absolutely gorgeous. Thank you so much for making our stay so comfortable.
We spent time at the Natural Bridge overlooking the amazing valley.
The beauty here cannot compare, up here in this crisp, clean, mountain air…We can’t wait to come back here again.
My husband and I truly enjoyed the serenity of this place…best wishes to all who stay here for rejuvenation of all kinds!
We really enjoyed our stay in this breathtaking part of the country.
How many ways can you say ‘beautiful,’ as we hiked and experienced the wonder of this awe-inspiring area? So restorative.