Red River Gorge: Rock Bridge Trail

MODERATE 87 reviews

Red River Gorge: Rock Bridge Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pine Ridge, Kentucky that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.5 miles
311 feet

dog friendly



nature trips

rock climbing

trail running






wild flowers


Rock Bridge Trail is one of the most scenic trails in Red River Gorge, including the arch (the "rock bridge") for which the trail is named, and a beautiful waterfall on the way to the arch. Highlights include rich vegetation, hiking alongside a creek for much of the the trail, a natural arch that actually spans the creek at the apex of the trail, a scenic waterfall, a small clearing for picnicing, and an access point to other trails in Red River Gorge. The trail is perfect in good weather, beautiful in all weather, but can be muddy/slippery in rain and snow. Trailhead located at the end of a 3 mile gravel road.

10 days ago

This was our last stop after packing up the campsite before heading back home. The thick vegetation and rock formation literally made it feel like we were hiking back in time. Very prehistoric looking. Creation falls was gorgeous. Lots of people we wading in the water. We dd see some snakes down by the water so keep an eye out. The arch was one of the prettiest I've seen. But all and all it was an easy and fun hike! There is a picnic area at the top of the trail head with drills and picnic tables also! You could definitely make a whole day out of this area depending on how long you play around the waterfall and pool at the bottom.

17 days ago

Busy trail but good for early mornings and to connect to Swift Camp Creek

23 days ago

nice family hike. stairs at beginnig could be slick. paved gravel top most of the way

1 month ago

Great little hike with our puppy. He loved splashing around in the shallow pool at the base of the falls.

1 month ago

This was a really great hike! My family loved it, and my 82 year old grandma was even able to make the trek because of how well maintained it is! In parts when the downhill or uphill is steep, stairs are carved out of rocks to make it more accessible to everyone. Definitely recommend!

2 months ago

A MUST see trail when hiking the gorge! We took our dog with us on this easy trail. The trail takes you to this beautiful waterfall and swimming hole and our dog loved every second of it! This is the perfect place to take your kids, just make sure to pack a lunch and some swimsuits because you will want to stay and relax for a while!

3 months ago

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

5 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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.

7 months ago

Beautiful trail with some awesome creek access.

10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

go counter clockwise w small ones. :)

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

Great loop trail with variety! Lots of rocky stairs as you descend through the forest past a rock shelter and down to the gorgeous Creation Falls and the Rock Bridge. We took our dog and he loved every minute of it. There are also some beautiful vantage points on the last half mile of the loop as you're going back up the hill. Easy-Moderate, 1-2 hours if you take your time to take in the views. Lots of parking and picnic spots available at the trailhead.

11 months ago

Last week

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

This hike is always a staple for us when we visit the area! It's closer to easy than moderate, imo. Good for people of all ages. It starts by going down into the thick of the forest with huge trees all around you. Then you get to creation falls and can walk down past it and back up under it. The area there is sandy and the kids love playing in the water! Then you get to the actual Rock Bridge and can walk up across if it you feel so inclined. The last leg is all uphill and provides a nice booty workout!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

The best views ever! I love this trail. It can get busy and there is a bit of a steep incline but it's 100% worth it.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Perfect for a lunch hike.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

beautiful.. nice trail

Monday, February 27, 2017

loved it!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Great trail

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Absolutely beautiful! One of the prettiest trails in the gorge!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Great trail for a picnic and a hike. Wonderful views, cliff hangs, a water fall and a rock bridge.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Popular and often busy hiking trail. Easy hike once you have descended into gorge. Water levels low in Summer and Fall season so Creation Falls is a dribble. Nice hike. No cliffs. See pics at

Monday, September 05, 2016

Hiked there a few months ago in June with my boyfriend and our dogs. Really beautiful and a fun hike.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I hiked here years ago--my first real hiking trip. The entire area is gorgeous. Some of the cliff areas can be intimidating and the spelunking (which I haven't done since) is pretty intense. Overall I'd call it a do not miss experience.

Monday, August 03, 2015

We got married at Creation Falls which is on this trail! It was beautiful! It was in March and there was fresh snow and iciles hanging from certain areas! This was my first time on a trail ! I got married in a 50s dress and boots! There was ice and some slick spots, but this trail is laid out very well. We never got lost. If you want to just see the waterfall and rock bridge, I would recommend going the opposite way (if you don't want to do the whole loop). This is a very beautiful loop! Can't wait to see it again!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Same trail listed as just Rock Bridge trail.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Beautiful area. Trails well kept. A place you could return to over and over.

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