There’s something so captivating about the world J. R. R. Tolkien created in “The Lord of the Rings.” Middle Earth, a place of lush forests and romantic fantasy, is a realm that’s undeniably beautiful and beguiling. And here in Kentucky, we don’t have to pick up one of Tolkien’s novels to visit Middle Earth — there’s a trail in Natural Bridge State Resort Park that’s as lush and lovely as it gets.

Have you hiked the Rock Garden Trail at Natural Bridge State Resort Park before? This Kentucky trail is a slice of Middle Earth that’s as wondrous as anything Tolkien could have ever conjured. And unlike Middle Earth, this forest hike in Kentucky is wholly, wildly, wondrously real.

If you’re looking for a place to rest your feet post-hike, the Kentucky State Park resort has some amazing accommodations!

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