Comparing Hemlock Lodge & Cliffview Lodge

We compare the iconic Natural Bridge State Resort Park's Hemlock Lodge against The Lodge at Cliffview so you know which is the right fit for you!

Planning a vacation to the Red River Gorge Area in Kentucky can be an exciting task, but it can also overwhelming. The area offers a number of lodging choices, from quaint cottages, to luxury cabins, to private lodge rooms, making it hard to determine the right fit for you and your group. Here, we compare two of the highest rated lodging options in the Natural Bridge State Resort Park area so you can choose the right place for your Red River Gorge visit.

The Properties

Cliffview Lodge

16 Rooms – Private rooms with en-suite bathrooms, communal 8′ wide porch, and conference center. 

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

The Cliffview Lodge is nestled in the private-access Cliffview complex. Most guests of The Cliffview Lodge love that they are 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 (at an additional charge), there’s plenty to do while staying at Cliffview.


The conference center and banquet hall make The Lodge a wonderful event venue for corporate meetings, church retreats, weddings and more as an all-in-one lodging and event space. The hospitable team at Cliffview is happy to help with event planning, set up, and service.


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 luxurious than you 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.

Hemlock Lodge

35 Rooms – Private rooms with en-suite bathrooms, private balconies, and camping on-site.

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

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.

The Rooms

Cliffview Lodge

Hemlock Lodge

Head to Head Comparison

We compare the iconic Natural Bridge State Resort Park's Hemlock Lodge against Cliffview Lodge so you know which is the right fit for you!

Cliffview Lodge Hemlock Lodge
Free Breakfast Yes No
Free Books, DVDs, & Board Games Yes No
Free Wifi Yes Yes
Privacy Private property Open to the public
Pet-Friendly No Yes
Swimming Yes (Lake) Yes (Pool)
In-Room HDTV Yes Yes
Restaurant No Yes (Sandstone Arches)
Outside Seating Yes (Wrap-around Porch) Yes (Individual Balconies)
Number of Rooms 16 35
year Built 1999 1961

Book a Room at Cliffview Lodge

Awe-inspiring beauty meets old-fasioned hospitality.

We’re Right in the Heart of Red River Gorge

Our main entrance is on Cliffview Road off Highway 715, about 15 minutes from the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway.

Convenient for groups coming from:

Lexington, KY: 50 mins

Louisville, KY: 2 hrs 15 mins

Cincinnati, OH: 2 hrs 15 mins

Knoxville, TN: 2 hrs 40 mins

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