Auxier Branch Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews

Auxier Branch Trail is a 8.1 mile out and back trail located near Stanton, KY and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.1 miles 2413 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

trail running

walking

19 days ago

hiking
3 months ago

great views

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

We use this trail mainly as a way to connect Courthouse Rock and Double Arch Trails. Combining the two makes for a nice 8 miler. Love the Auxier area.

hiking
1 year ago

Did the courthouse rock trail back, the leaf litter made some of the inclines a little slick- but overall great hike!

1 year ago

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1 year ago

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3 years ago

hiking
5 years ago

This trail is somewhat off of the beaten path at the end of Tunnel Ridge Road. Ample parking is available and a bathroom is available there before or after you set foot on the trail. The trail itself shows you the highs and the lows of the Red River Gorge and is a relatively easy hike. This trail can connect with other trails to make a loop and to offer different scenery from gorgeous ridge views to the lush floor of the forest. Here you can camp off of the trail (up to a certain amount of feet off of the trail) and there are multiple spots to do so. If you plan to camp be mindful of your fire, a camper's fire was not maintained properly about 18 months ago and a forest fire resulted burning a good portion of the ridge. It was amazing to see the vegetation starting to resurface after such a short time after the event.

If you choose to connect with other trails may I suggest Courthouse Rock and the double arch. The double arch connection takes you down to the floor of the forest where it is cool and a small stream will greet you. A moderate climb follows the floor views to connect you back to your starting point at the top of the ridge.

hiking
6 years ago

Roughly 4.4 miles in and out. Very nice, expansive views! The beauty of this trail is that you can see about 4 stellar rock formations from one location.
My favorite part was watching the hawks soar about! This is a ridge trail; therefore no water along the way, so take plenty.
(Caution: Very shear cliffs)