Explore the most popular hiking 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.

Be prepared for some road waking on this section. Between coming up out of Red River Gorge and old beaver road is mostly blacktop.
The Red River section passes by Indian Arch and Staircase. On the Northern side is Furnace Arch and Clear Creek Furnace. All points of interest.
Plenty of camping spots along the trail.

Hit this one late fall into work yet for the best views.

Always a great hike!

Really like this trail. Lots of great rock features.

Very short and easy. Paved part of the way. Great short 5 min walk to see amazing views!
No idea why this is marked as “moderate.” Should be VERY EASY

One of my favorite trails all year round! It’s great to get an understanding of the red river gorge’s varying landscape, seeing both high elevation points at double arch and auxier ridge, and low elevation points along the trail. It’s great for dogs too, but bring plenty of water for them during the summer as the ridge can get really hot and you will need some extra water to cool your furfriends down. This is also a great hike for those who enjoy KY native vegetation and seeing all the different types of trees/bushes that cover this land.

Hiked this trail on 9/13/18, it was a good trail, not difficult, well marked and had some cool rock formations. We had the place to ourselves, we didn't see a single other person the whole day.

The view is amazing on this trail! It is a very short trail.

7 days ago

The view is amazing on this trail!

9 days ago

Yahoo is definitely one of my favorite places. The trail is definitely a hike, but its perfect for Fall!

9 days ago

There are some really interesting spots on this trail. There are some overgrown spots. Be prepared for ticks and spiders!

Honestly the many things that you see along the way are just as impressive as the falls itself! Sadly there was a lot of trash on the trail but otherwise it was amazing!

15 days ago

Love this place

17 days ago

It was easy to get along the wrong trail but once the correct trail was found it was a great hike with great views! We went down the staircase because we missed the first turn. Going up would probably have been much easier. Wear shoes with good traction!

A short and steep approach with a scramble to a panoramic view. There are two options at the top to reach the lookout. First is a scramble through a water-carved seam with the aid of a rope (the more popular option). Second is off to the right where you will find the entrance to a cave. Instead of entering, make your way up the rock scramble with the help of a large tree root system. Have fun.

on Panoramic Trail

21 days ago

This was a good easy hike. You have two off path overlooks, the first without barrier. The views are amazing.

The stream banks about halfway through the loop was a good place to hang out for a bit and relax. There also looked like there were some good camping spots nearby.

It took over 4 hours for me to finish the full loop while carrying a two year-old.

It was enjoyable and remote without being too challenging. It’s a trail that I would come back to do again.

24 days ago

Such a gem! The trail to the overlook is on a small clearing in a field. Definitely an easy hike for individuals with mod experience. Great for individuals interested in increasing difficulty of hiking! Quaint little area. Great place to pack a lunch & sit on the rocks! Be sure to turn right & not left onto a labeled trail! The two tracks can also take you much further (wasnt looking at the map- oops!) than where you need to turn right! When we went the road was closed, so be prepared for both!

Kind of a disappointment. TONS of forest views to a clearing. View didn’t really pay off and the area was Closed for revegetation.

Awesome place

25 days ago

This was a very pretty and diverse trail. So much to look at . However I don’t know who makes the judgement calls on how to label a trail with easy, moderate or hard . I’m a very active person and not new to hiking . Personally I believe this trail should at listed as moderate to hard .
There is a lot of steep hills all along the trail.

Our hike ended up being about 8.5 miles. We did Auxier Trail to Courthouse Rock to Double Arch and took the gravel road back to the parking lot.

Completed this hike today with mostly inexperienced hikers who received a fresh introduction to the art of scrambling. It was difficult, or “Hard” as the rating says. However, the views and vantage points were spectacular and rewarding! I should add that the group of inexperienced hikers that accompanied me have more perseverance and resourcefulness than most beginners. That being said, I do NOT recommend this hike for beginners.

26 days ago

Great hike in and out. Red River Gorgeous views

27 days ago

Nice trail, the fall was really cool.. you don’t have to take the staircase down, if you keep walking the trail loops around and you can get down on the other side... good information, if you have a dog.

This trail was beautiful. It took us an hour and 50 minutes to complete. We would highly recommend it.

Great rock formations and plants make this an amazingly interesting trail. If you’re in shape it’s not difficult at all, and it’s well marked at all intersections. But be careful to avoid informal hiker-created side trails. There are many high cliffs in the dense undergrowth not far from the trail.

29 days ago

A beautiful, shaded hike that leads to gorgeous Kentucky hills views. Plenty of lookouts along the sides of the trail, and an amazing one at the very end.

29 days ago

The views on this backpacking trip are some of the best I've seen in The Red. You get to appreciate all its aspects from above, the climbing, the hiking, the forests, the arches, all can be found here on this well rounded trip.

Fun family backpacking trip up to views of The Red and all the way down into its valleys to enjoy all aspects of one of Kentucky's greatest treasures. It was so peaceful to camp in the valley next to a bubbling creek that flowed by. Rejuvenating!

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