Rough Trail

MODERATE 42 reviews

Rough Trail is a 10.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pine Ridge, Kentucky that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
10.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2818 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

The Rough Trail extends through the Red River Gorge Geological Area between KY 77 and KY 715. The trail climbs from stream-side to ridge-top and back down again several times.

backpacking
4 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

backpacking
14 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Wonderful trail! Definitely lives up to its name. It was raining pretty good when we started the trail at Martin's Fork, which made scrambling up a rocky part of the trail near Gray's Arch a little sketchy. A lot of fun though. Campsites were a little sparse, but we managed to find a really nice spot for each night we were there. Plenty of good water sources to filter from, too

hiking
2 months ago

Aptly named trail with a very beautiful and diverse landscape. the lowland part on one end is lush and tropical (I was there around Christmas too), and you climb up to a highland part that almost feels like Montana. There's a few really impressive rock formations too. Highly recommend as long as you're ready for the glute workout of your life!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great trail, challenging and scenic overlooks. More difficult than moderate.
Departed from trail head at Martins Fork and took Rough trail till it intersected Pinch Em Tight. Took Pinch Em Tight back to Gray Arch picnic area then rough trail back to trail head. The trails are well marked, but many spurs so sometimes had to back track. If it were wet, this would be a very difficult trail with so many rocks you cross. It has not rained recently, so could cross streams rock to rock.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

backpacking
5 months ago

I have been training for my June 2018 Sobo on the Appalachian trail for a year and a half now. I have been on many trails.. The rough trail is by far my #1 favorite trail so far. Great views, rugged trail with some big climbs and great views. There is always good water sources and springs to filter from. Make sure you pay attention to the trail, and don't get split off on a side trail. Its fairly easy to do if not paying attention. Greys Arch was amazing to finish it off.. Great camping spots. The rock formations, cliffs, arches, and water falls are amazing. A+++ Great clean trail..

6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

This is a great trail, with tons of scenery and views. The Rough Trail is a 8.5-mile point to point hike, or a 17-mile out and back. We chose to do the 17 mile version which is pretty strenuous. The trail goes down into valleys and over ridges several times, our elevation gain was around 6,000 feet.
This area can be very humid in the summer, and the rhododendrons obscure the views. Early spring allows for good views along much of the trail. Later in the spring would be great for seeing the rhododendrons in bloom.
It can be hard to find good camping along this route, but Parched Corn Creek has some excellent campsites, along its banks.

hiking
7 months ago

Visited in early March. Parts of the trail were wet and some trail markers are hard to see. Keep your eyes open for the white diamond markers and you should be just fine. Plenty of sights all along the way. Very beautiful trail but just make sure you stay on the path and plan accordingly.

backpacking
9 months ago

Great trail. Have done it twice and highly recommend it

hiking
9 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

Tough trail but worth the effort. Hard to find a good spot if your tent camping, but pretty easy if your in a hammock. This is not the trail for those looking for a casual walk in the woods. Awesome variation of vegetation and plenty of overlooks to observe the beautiful fall colors. But this trail can kick your butt if your not prepared for a tough hike. Also the trail markers (white diamond) are not the best and you can go a while without seeing one. But it's not too difficult to stay on trail.

backpacking
11 months ago

Great scenery with excellent off trail camping options. Plenty of choices in case you need to shorten or extend your hike. The name of the trail says it all, a tough but rewarding hike.

backpacking
11 months ago

Lives up to it's name, for sure. But damn well worth every mile.