Rough Trail is a 10.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pine Ridge, KY that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until November.
The Rough Trail extends through the Red River Gorge Geological Area between KY 77 and KY 715. The trail climbs from stream-side to ridge-top and back down again several times.
Trail signage needs to patch the online maps provided by the National Forest Service. Hiked Rough Trail, Sheltowee/Pinch "em Tight, Grays Arch back to Martins Fork Trail Head. Did not hike tail end of Rough Trail. 10.3 miles total. Many trail heads are not marked on the maps. Be careful when crossing Tunnel Bridge Road. We started a few yards down the Sheltowee before realizing we had missed trail 205 somewhere. The trail head maps are not helpful as the trail heads themselves are not on the maps. We retraced and should have taken a right to Grays Arch Trail Head and got on 205 instead of taking a left to Sheltowee (trail 100). 1,767 elevation gain. Good trail and Grays Arch was a cool sight.
Enjoyable trail, with great views. A little rough at spots, but not terrible. Runs by some boulders and cliffs if you are in to climbing. A few nice backcountry camping spots as well.
Hiked entire trail including a portgion of Sheltowee Trace turning this to a 8 miler ending at Martins fork.a very diverse trail with high cliffs , beautiful stream crossings and 5 600 ft gradual descents and climbs a Great day of Hking with a nice bald about halfway for a lunch break.
I have not hiked the entire Rough Trail to the West end, but this is an excellent trail that I have hiked several times. The section between the intersection with Swift Camp Creek at Angel Windows all the way to Koomer Ridge is a particularly great stretch of trail and one of the best in RRG in my opinion. There are difficult short up and down sections as you approach the roadways at Chimney Top Road and RT 715, but the majority of the trail meanders its way along the creek bed under the canopy for an excellent hike that makes you feel like in your in the jungle. An overall excellent hike. Not a whole lot of places to set up a tent but along the west end at the intersections with Sheltowee Trace and Koomer Ridge there are a lot of flat places with plenty of water sources.
Our first time here. We did Rough from Clifty, Sheltowee, Rough, Rush, Pinch en, Buck, Koomer Ridge. It was a mistake to go Sheltowee to jumping rock. Party central and up all night listening to parties. Headed back and picked up Rough again the next morning. Camped Buck by great stream with a nice sized trout in a small pool keeping us company. In all a good hike. Hot temps made it tougher than it is. Great lunch slots on Rush.
Great trails with some really good views. My only complaint would be the lack of signs at certain intersections for the direction to travel when wanting to continue on the Rough Trail. Had to stop and refer to the trail map more often than I would have liked, but maybe that was my error. Loved the stream part of the trail, as well as the short side-trails that led to great views and picture opportunities.
So I've hiked all of KY with the exception of Birch Knob and this is by far my favorite trail in the state! It has amazing views, the best backcountry camping spots I've enjoyed anywhere in the country, plenty of water running through the streams, and a great mix of challenge with ease of terrain to navigate. Backpacking, base camping, or day hiking it's simply an awesome trail. This trail can also be used to connect the majority of the trails in the area to make your own custom route. This is a trail any seriously hiker has to see and experience for themselves.
GRATE TRIAL TOUGH IN SOME SPOT BUT OVER ALL LOTS OF NICE VIEWS
Nice trail with some great features to see along the way. Short distances of strenuous uphills. I've done this trail numerous times as an out and back and I still enjoy it as much as I did the first time.
Beautiful area! Hiked this among other trails twice, once in the winter and once in the spring of 2013. Lots of ups and downs so be sure to prep your legs!
Great trail! Definitely challenging, very steep climbs at times. Went backpacking for 2 days on this and other trails. Lots of interesting geologic features along the way. Make sure to swing by Gray's Arch on the west end as well.
One word for this trail is the title ROUGH! Wonderful trail that cuts through the middle of red river gorge. Be in shape for this one, with lots to see on many side trails you might wanna take a weekend.
Nice trail. Very demanding on the uphill parts. Great views of the Gorge from signature rock.