Auxier Ridge Trail

MODERATE 168 reviews

Auxier Ridge Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stanton, Kentucky that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.4 miles
908 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips

trail running




12 days ago

Beautiful views. Apparently it’s a pretty popular trail. Several people there by the time I arrived at 9:30 a.m. and the parking lot was full by 12:30 p.m. when I was leaving on a Friday. I would rate it as moderate. I didn’t make it to Courthouse because the dog was nervous about the stairs, would like to go back and do the loop.

15 days ago

Amazing views!

Perfect for a relaxing hike, not too strenuous or difficult! Gorgeous views and plenty of great spots for pictures!

21 days ago

love this place!

25 days ago

Really good hike. Great views.

1 month ago

Amazing views.

2 months ago

My favorite trail. Hiked about a dozen times, each as rewarding as the last. The views are absolutely tremendous for how little activity it takes to get there. Simply wonderful

6 months ago

this trail has spectacular views if you hike in using the main trail and just retrace your steps back out. if you hike the loops, the rest of the loop is kind of anticlimactic, pretty strenuous and in some places not well marked.

7 months ago

Amazing views!! Clean trail and well marked. Will definitely be back!

7 months ago

Absolutely stunning views! I have brought my one year old and dog here with no worries.

7 months ago

One of my all times favorites. Loved his hike. It was challenging and the views were splendid.

8 months ago

Trail runs along the ridge so there are sights and drop offs on both sides of the trail. We enjoyed the views so much we hiked out the same way rather than taking the loop. Breath taking views. Highly recommended.

8 months ago

As good as it gets for views of the Gorge

8 months ago

Camped here with my son (7y/o) for the first time. We stayed the path of Auxier Ridge 204 and stopped off at the first unmarked trail just passed the 202 and 204 junction; you will have to cross over a couple of downed trees but the camp area was big. ground was made of mostly dirt and leaves but again, the area is pretty open. The site sits elevated so come fall and winter, I'm sure the view will be amazing. we hiked the rest of our trail in the morning to the point of the stairs just overseeing courthouse rock. my suggestion; travel light and enjoy the views! take it in!

9 months ago

Breath taking

9 months ago

This was my favorite "on the map" trail I hiked at RRG on my recent solo exploration trip! I did not hike it as an out and back trail, I continued on and hiked the long loop. The Auxier Trail itself provides the most amazing lookouts for the entire trip out to Courthouse Rock. It had the best views and had such a different feel than other trails. You walk along the ridge line and feel up in the sky with vultures soaring right above. Before you hit Courthouse Rock, you come to an amazing cliff overlook and (with caution) can explore an open cliff line with an intense drop off. This was by far my favorite trail from my first trip!

10 months ago

Beautiful views the whole way! Easy hike with only a few steep spots. Just be aware that there is very little shade and you really are walking on top of a cliff, so be careful of dogs and kids!

10 months ago

Did this as a loop - Auxier Ridge and Courthouse Rock. Great views and vistas up to Courthouse Rock. Then you want to take trail 202 to make the loop. There is a sign off to the left and left again. Loop part isn't very well marked or kept. Also pretty strenuous and good workout. Fortunately, the gps on this app got us where we needed to be. If you don't take the loop, you end up waking the old Tunnel Road. Not my favorite option.

10 months ago

Spectacular views! I take all my first-time-to-the-Gorge friends here! It really shows the scope of the Red If you just do it as an out and back, it could be considered easy. As a loop, it's more in the moderate zone.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Wife and I love this trail! We put this together with courthouse rock trail or double arch trail to make a really good relaxing day hike. Do it multiple times a year and always find new beauty each time we visit.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017


Sunday, June 04, 2017

One of my favorite trails at Red River Gorge!

Friday, May 26, 2017

We started at the parking lot and went down towards Double Arch and up to Auxier Ridge and then back around to the parking lot to make the loop. The hike is pretty good and the trail is pretty good. There is just a lot of steps to get to the top of the Ridge from the bottom

Monday, May 22, 2017

best hike in the gorge

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Trail was in excellent condition and provided awe-inspiring views and fantastic wilderness. For a first time hiker, this trail tested my limits but it also inspired me to train and move on to even better things!

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

One of my favorites at red river gorge. Combine it with courthouse rock and double arch and it makes it about a 6 mile loop. Only bad part is the last mile back to the parking area is a 1 mile walk down a gravel road. But the scenery during the rest of the hike is spectacular!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Pretty great hike- I'll have to return when the foliage is green.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Non-stop fantastic scenery as you walk atop the ridge.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

One of the best trails in RRG.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Very nice trail we hiked Down and over to courthouse rock

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