It's fall, y'all!! Sky Bridge is an absolute must see during this beautiful time of year! The views are breathtaking! And if you decide to go under the bridge, you will not be disappointed! It is such a grand and stunning bridge. I had the place to myself the whole time...on the bridge, under the bridge and even on the trail. So this made for a wonderful hike and lots of pictures! Goodness, I could have stayed there all day! Especially with these cooler temps and blue skies.
As you can see above, the bridge is 1/4 mile hike from the parking lot. This trail brings you to the top and is paved with a few steps to get down onto the bridge, making it an easy trip. There is even a bench about half way. Take a snack, have a seat and enjoy the view for a little while. But please remember the Leave No Trace principles which include carrying out any trash you may have.
To continue on the trail or if you just want to see under the bridge, which I highly recommend, you will need to cross and follow the path from there. The pavement is pretty worn and it can't make up its mind if it wants to be paved or dirt. This is also where stairs come into the hike. We are talking over 100 steps in this little 1 mile trail! And it is in the last leg that has the most. But thankfully, the forestry department built a small landing on top for us to catch our breath. Or, you can go the opposite direction starting at the parking lot and end up at the bridge. If you do this, you will be going down most of the stairs instead of up. I would have totally went this route but I was hoping to see some morning fog floating in the valleys for some cool pictures. Although I was early, it wasn't early enough.
When I hike, I am taking everything in. I'm talking from watching the birds and clouds to straining to see if there is something in that little hole in the rock. The rock wall on this trail is so fascinating with all its holes and designs. And with the leaves beginning to change it just made for a beautiful hike. Even with all my stopping, it only took me about 40 minutes.
The directions to get to this trail can be found easily on the Daniel Boone National Forest web page - https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/dbnf/home
If you are in the area, you can also stop by the Gladie Visitor Center. They will gladly give you directions and answer any questions you may have.
So get outdoors and take a hike! Grab that camera, have fun and be safe!
'Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.' - John Muir