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.
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.
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.
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.
Great trail. Have done it twice and highly recommend it
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.
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.
Lives up to it's name, for sure. But damn well worth every mile.
the title says it all. a great scenic trail. definitely not for beginners.
Trail signage needs to patch the online maps provided by the National Forest Service. Hiked Rough Trail, Sheltowee/Pinch "em Tight, Grays Arch back to Martins Fork Trail Head. Did not hike tail end of Rough Trail. 10.3 miles total. Many trail heads are not marked on the maps. Be careful when crossing Tunnel Bridge Road. We started a few yards down the Sheltowee before realizing we had missed trail 205 somewhere. The trail head maps are not helpful as the trail heads themselves are not on the maps. We retraced and should have taken a right to Grays Arch Trail Head and got on 205 instead of taking a left to Sheltowee (trail 100). 1,767 elevation gain. Good trail and Grays Arch was a cool sight.
Enjoyable trail, with great views. A little rough at spots, but not terrible. Runs by some boulders and cliffs if you are in to climbing. A few nice backcountry camping spots as well.
Hiked entire trail including a portgion of Sheltowee Trace turning this to a 8 miler ending at Martins fork.a very diverse trail with high cliffs , beautiful stream crossings and 5 600 ft gradual descents and climbs a Great day of Hking with a nice bald about halfway for a lunch break.
I have not hiked the entire Rough Trail to the West end, but this is an excellent trail that I have hiked several times. The section between the intersection with Swift Camp Creek at Angel Windows all the way to Koomer Ridge is a particularly great stretch of trail and one of the best in RRG in my opinion. There are difficult short up and down sections as you approach the roadways at Chimney Top Road and RT 715, but the majority of the trail meanders its way along the creek bed under the canopy for an excellent hike that makes you feel like in your in the jungle. An overall excellent hike. Not a whole lot of places to set up a tent but along the west end at the intersections with Sheltowee Trace and Koomer Ridge there are a lot of flat places with plenty of water sources.
Our first time here. We did Rough from Clifty, Sheltowee, Rough, Rush, Pinch en, Buck, Koomer Ridge. It was a mistake to go Sheltowee to jumping rock. Party central and up all night listening to parties. Headed back and picked up Rough again the next morning. Camped Buck by great stream with a nice sized trout in a small pool keeping us company. In all a good hike. Hot temps made it tougher than it is. Great lunch slots on Rush.