Explore the most popular hiking trails in Red River Gorge Geological Area/Clifty Wilderness Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great evening loop very easy to jog or hike

Love the trail. Something about this trail makes it so peaceful.

Absolutely breathtaking hike. The views are amazing and walking onto the sky bridge is an amazing experience. The day we went had 25-30mph gusts of wind so it was unnerving for sure. If you are afraid of heights it’s a great hike to conquer that! Highly recommend!

Very pretty rock formations. Trails were nice but went after it rained. Pretty muddy

27 days ago

Beautiful! Easy walk. We hiked this with about 3 inches of snow on the ground and snow still falling. The view was amazing. The forest was very pretty too! Easy enough that kids aged 7,6 and 4 were able to enjoy too.

A simple fun hike that takes into the gorge along the creek. Parts of the trail are paved which makes the trail even easier than it already is.

A simple fun hike that takes into the gorge along the creek. Parts of the trail are paved which makes the trail even easier than it already is.

Really perfect hike — we did it backwards, starting towards double arch, and it couldn’t have been better.

My friend Justin and I just completed this trek yesterday. A backcountry combination of several pieces of trails through the serene and beautiful deep Red River Gorge. We parked a car at the Sheltowee Suspension Bridge parking area, then drove another to the Martin's Fork trailhead and hiked back to the first car. It took us just over 4 hours to complete the 8 mile excursion. The start of the hike up Martin's Fork is one the nicest places in the Gorge and a pleasant hike. Then you'll quickly ascend to the top of Tunnel Ridge, which will definitely get you warmed up for the rest of the hike! After this you'll descend to a low saddle between Tunnel Ridge and Koomer Ridge before ascending the latter. From there you'll descend the remainder of the hike and follow Chimney Top Creek all the way down to the Red River. Most of the trail sections selected for this hike are very lightly trafficked and the sense of space and seclusion out in the middle of this section of the Gorge is superb. Great day hike. Bring lots of water, some good snacks and chocolate, and give yourself plenty of time!

This easy hike takes you to Creation Falls and Rock Bridge Arch. This was my son’s first experience of Red River Gorge. At 4 years old he said “ Daddy, this is much better than Bernstein Forest”. I will say parking at this trail head is a nightmare.

Beautiful trail with some awesome creek access.

Great views in the fall.

Loved the waterfall, fall colors. 10 Nov 17

Took Auxier Ridge to Auxier Branch to Double Arch back to trailhead. Very nice with some good little side spurs. Just be careful on the spurs, especially with children. Most of them are cliffs that you better watch what you're doing.

Great hike on a beautiful afternoon then lunch at Skybridge Restaurant. Great place to sit and visit and good food too!

Love this hike. Took my 4 yr old at the time and he loved the falls and the creek area so much! For a pregnant wife and 4 year old the trail is def moderate but take your time and it is so much fun. Went during a drizzle and there was enough tree cover that we didn't get too wet... you know.. before we played in the water. Will do again!

fun hike with young boys today. Beautiful falls and creek.

Great trail with lots of fantastic views and varied terrain. Starts along the auxier ridge, goes to courthouse rock (climb up the thru the crack onto the top of the formation if you're daring enough!), descends along Auxier Branch trail following a beautiful stream, climbs back up to Double Arch (one of the best views in the entire gorge), then goes back to the parking lot along the ridge line road (closed to vehicles). ~8 miles, a bit strenuous, but well worth the effort!

Good for some light climbing. Great cave/lookout. Great view from the top!

Very short but very nice!

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6 months ago

Easy hike, with very little man made noise around. The overlook at the end of the trail was worth the drive from Lexington. June, when the mountain laurels and sourwood trees are in bloom would be a good time to visit.
One word of advice. When you come upon the side trail, it's easy to dismiss as just a path someone beat across a clearing to the edge of the woods. It is unmarked. The AllTrails map is a bit deceiving too. The gravel road continues south . You can see it on the USGS mapping: Frenchburg and Slade Quads. You are looking for a clearing on the right side of the road. Immediately on the edge of the clearing is the trail on a slight incline that will lead through the woods to the overlook.

Great hike!!

Some beautiful sites and great places to spend some time resting in nature. We had 2 of our 3 young kids and started counter clockwise going in from the end of the trail. Much better way to go with small kids. Lots of steps on both sides.

go counter clockwise w small ones. :)

Really great overnight trip! Their are tons of camping spots on top of Indian staircase and several through the entire trail. The different arches, the staircase, and cloudsplitter were absolutely beautiful. Trail conditions were great. I would recommend this weekend trip to anyone just looking for a small getaway!

We do this every time we're in RRG! There's a waterfall and lots of areas to set up and hang out for a bit. You can also climb up the bridge pretty easily. Going across the log is kinda scary. Favorite place to go and spend a couple hours and play in the water.

Great views, would be great for sunsets since it is such a short trail. I bring all friends and family visiting to this trail because it is good for even novices. Busy though, saw about 6 people on a Thursday morning. . .

Nice moderate hike, waterfall and natural rock bridge . Love this after it rained

Easy trail& pretty

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