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