Red River Gorge: Rock Bridge Trail

MODERATE 55 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.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
311 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

go counter clockwise w small ones. :)

2 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.

hiking
3 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.

3 months ago

Last week

hiking
4 months ago

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!

hiking
6 months ago

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.

8 months ago

Perfect for a lunch hike.

8 months ago

beautiful.. nice trail

hiking
9 months ago

loved it!

10 months ago

Great trail

Sunday, October 23, 2016

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

hiking
Monday, October 10, 2016

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

hiking
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 http://www.instagram.com/hikingandexploring

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Sunday, April 27, 2014

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

hiking
Thursday, September 05, 2013

Great hike if you like geological sites! Easy and short, decent view from the top of the bridge. ***Not in Richmond, KY!!***

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