Planning a vacation to the Red River Gorge Area in Kentucky can be an exciting task, but it can also be a little overwhelming. The area offers a number of lodging choices. From quaint cottages to luxury cabins to private lodge rooms (like at Hemlock Lodge and Cliffview Resort Lodge), it can be hard to know what the right fit is for you (and your group).
Here we compare two of the most highly rated lodging options in the Natural Bridge State Resort Park area so you can choose the right place for your Red River Gorge visit. Will it be Hemlock Lodge or Cliffview Resort Lodge? Read on to find out...
Interested in Cliffview Resort Lodge? Book a room here.
- 35 rooms - Private rooms with en-suite bathrooms and private balconies
- Hiking trails - 20 miles of hiking trails
- Quick access to Natural Bridge - 3/4 mile hike from Hemlock Lodge
- Pet-Friendly - Limit of two animals per room
Cliffview Resort Lodge
- 16 rooms - Private rooms with en-suite bathrooms and communal 8' wide porch
- Hiking trails - 8 miles of private access hiking trails
- Access to Suzannah's Arch - 4-mile hike from Cliffview Lodge
- Short Drive to Natural Bridge - 10-minute scenic drive
Hemlock Lodge is part of the State Park Lodges network in Kentucky (one of 17 other state lodges). Hemlock Lodge is also sometimes confusingly referred to as Natural Bridge State Resort Park, when in fact that name actually refers to the entire Park complex. The State Resort Park also offers cottages and campsites to rent. Hemlock Lodge is a popular place to stay in the Red River Gorge area since it hosts the trailhead to Natural Bridge.
Hemlock Lodge is known for its classic state lodge room style. The rooms feature a great collection of mid-mod furniture and decor.
Hemlock's pet-friendly policies can be a strong draw for many guests. Now both you and Fido can vacation in the Red River Gorge without having to "ruff" it (sorry for the pun...). Keep in mind that while Hemlock does thoroughly clean rooms in between guests if you have sensitive pet allergies, this may not be the perfect destination for you.
The Hemlock also has the on-site Sandstone Arches Restaurant that is popular for its breakfast buffet (not included in room rental) and lunch buffet.
Cliffview Resort Lodge is nestled in the private-access Cliffview Resort complex. Most guests of Cliffview Resort Lodge love the fact that they can be more removed from the hustle and bustle that comes with staying in a public-access place (like Hemlock Lodge).
Featuring a private lake that's great for fishing and swimming, private access to Suzannah's Arch, and an on-site zipline canopy tour (zipline tours are an additional charge), there's plenty to do while staying at Cliffview.
Cliffview Lodge recently updated all guest rooms with great looking modern decor, so if you're looking for a more "rustic" stay, this Lodge may be a little more updated than you might want (be sure to check out the room photos).
Many Cliffview Lodge guests love that a free continental breakfast is included in their stay. Every day from 7 AM until 10 AM, the friendly inn-keepers at the Lodge offer fresh hot coffee and a selection of pastries, cereal, muffins, and oatmeal.
Cliffview Resort Lodge
Head to Head Comparison
While the Hemlock Lodge and Cliffview Resort Lodge are both great places to stay for individuals and groups, one lodging option might be a better fit for your needs.
|Hemlock Lodge||Cliffview Lodge|
|Free Books, DVDs, & Board Games||No||Yes|
|Privacy||Open to the public||Private property|
|Swimming||Yes (pool)||Yes (lake)|
|Restaurant||Yes (Sandstone Arches)||Yes (Overhang Tavern)|
|Outside Seating||Yes (individual balconies)||Yes (large wrap-around porch)|
|Number of Rooms||35||16|
Book a Room at Cliffview Resort Lodge
If you have a large group, you can also rent the entire Cliffview Lodge.