Explore the most popular camping trails in Daniel Boone National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
5 days ago

One of the RRG’s best kept secrets. If you are looking for a few hours on the trail, away from the more popular, crowded spots, this is the hike for you. Deep in the creek, you definitely feel like you are in a tropical rainforest. The trail fades in and out, depending on the water levels, but just follow the creek and be prepared to cross several times (choose footwear accordingly). There were a few spots with downed trees blocking portions of the trial, but nothing unnavigable, just mildly inconvenient. The waterfall looks best after a good rainfall (or during), and conversely, may only be a trickle in drier periods. If you are feeling adventurous, you can climb up the side of the cave to the top of the waterfall. Be careful, as the rocks are slick up there! I parked at the Copperas Creek kayak put-in parking lot and walked away from the one lane bridge, along 715/ the Red River (downriver) until I came to the trailhead. Plenty of parking spots, bathrooms, maps and park bulletins.

Lovely trail with a little bit of everything - beautiful subtropical, mountainside foliage, cardio elevation, rock walls, a cave, an arch, a river, a creek, and a the crown jewel, a waterfall. If you are a photog and want to get pics, don’t come on a weekend. My first visit was on a warm, Sunday, Spring afternoon and it was like Disneyland. If you prefer solitude or want to get pictures, then weekdays, early are good for you. Falls look great after some rain, and the splash pool is a great place to cool off. Nice picnic area and family friendly. My only complaint is the limited parking.

Nice hike with waterfall and creek that the dogs loved.

Brutal terrain. Elevation change and rocks and tree roots make for a really long trail. I’m not a regular hiker, so this was really too much for me. I hiked about 7.5 of the 10 miles over 11 hours and was completely exhausted at the end.

Still, it was an amazing trail that offered creek crossings, rock scrambling opportunities, waterfalls, birding, and plenty of flora to observe and delight. Highly recommended for those who are up to the challenge physically or who may be backpacking in and spending a couple of days on the trail.

Hard not moderate. It takes some serious guess work and a lot of wrong turns to actually find the eagles nest but once you get up there it’s awesome.

We went earlier this week, the falls were beautiful, nice scenic route. Would love to go back after it rains.

Well worth the hike

I went yesterday, this trail has incredible scenery and beautiful falls! A perfect light-trail that won't wear you out but gets your blood pumping. I recommend going in the rainy season, as the creek and falls will be more full and flowing!

hiking
14 days ago

Gorgeous waterfall with easy access to the top and a nice pool at the bottom

Climbing the staircase was a challenge but well worth it! The views at the top are amazing!

Beautiful setting following the creek to the waterfall! Our dogs loved it too! Trail head is past the parking lot on the right and obvious. The wild flowers were still blooming too. Minimal elevation gain.

hiking
18 days ago

Amazing forest setting! Trail was hard to pick up sometimes but it made it more fun that way. Crossing the stream multiple times was an adventure. The waterfall at the end was so worth it. Rain didn’t keep us down! Would hike this again!

This trail was more impressive than I expected, particularly the basin area below the arch and the arch itself, which is massive. The elevation change will get your heart thumping.

Easy hike. Make sure to dip your toes in the falls.

hiking
20 days ago

Relatively flat trail with very nice waterfall at the end. You have to criss-cross the stream about 10 times along the way. If you go behind the falls and walk up to the right over the rocks the trail continues and you can go up on top of the falls.

This trail is a moderate trail. There are a few waterfalls along the way to Vanhook. There is only one place to sit at a bench to rest and that is at Vanhook falls, but there are some rocks if you don’t mind sitting on them. At times it seems like you should have already made it but once you get there you will know. When I went I didn’t see anyone on the trail. It was a weekday and it was pretty nice out so I’m surprised there wasn’t at least one other person. The hills aren’t bad at all, it’s mainly the length that may tire a few people. Overall, a good hike.

hiking
21 days ago

A really amazing day for hiking! A little uncertain of the trail head--you have to walk about 20 paces down the road past the parking are to find the trail on the right--but once you're on the trail it was pretty easy going. A few areas where the trail is uncertain, but well trodden through most of the hike. Just follow the creek and it leads you to the falls. Well worth the time!

A must if you are hiking the Red River Gorge for the first time. Unbelievable views and good distance if you do the loop.

beautiful walk in the woods. fairly easy trail and some gorgeous views.

We hiked this trail yesterday and I have to say it’s now one of my favorites.

finally made it to the cloudsplitter, and dang! it was brilliant. Don't let other reviews fool you, the trail and rock scrambling up may be strenuous, but it is definitely achievable and well worth reaching the top. there was a lot of traffic coming out of the cave right below the peak, so we bypassed seeing what was in and on the other side, but our next trip we will be going through it.

Great views! Enjoyable creating some of your own paths and making decisions as you go.

Three of us hiked in on the Double arch side, descended to the creek between Double arch and Courthouse rock. We found a campsite well off of the trail and stayed 2 nights, making short day hikes as we wanted - In June 2017 (=hot weather) But the creekside campsite was cool enough and the bugs were not bad.....worth it!

Hard (depending on how out of shape you are) but fun trail! Amazing views and the overlook at the top was worth it!

Great evening loop very easy to jog or hike

hiking
1 month ago

A beautiful hike with gorgeous rock faces. The closer you get to the falls, the less apparent the trail becomes. Just follow the creek, the reward is worth it.

Fairly easy hike, but perhaps one of the most beautiful hikes I've done in years. 4 waterfalls, lots of small falls and creek crossings with perfectly placed rocks as stepping stones, well maintained and easy to follow trail, beautiful turquoise water, a couple places that look like they would be great for swimming (though it was too cold still today), stunning views of the Van Hook falls with lots of climbing opportunities to get as close to the water as you want. I can't wait to go back next time I'm driving through KY!

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail with lots of creek crossings. Can be hard to follow with lots of down trees blocking the path. The view is worth the effort. Just follow the creek.

This was an awesome trail with some more challenging climbing sections. Lots of cool caves and a little arch near what I assume was the top? However, at the Ridgeline I couldn't seem to keep the trail and wound up bushwacking for a while. Still a great hike.

Great hike if your a beginner, but I would go in off of Martin’s Fork. It’s about 6 total miles. The day before we took Koomers Ridge and that was about 16 miles.
For me, as my first hike, my feet were not used to it.

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