Swift Camp Creek Trail is a 13.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pine Ridge, Kentucky that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length13.5 miElevation gain2,516 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingFishingHikingDog friendlyForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeBlowdownBugsMuddyRockyScrambleWashed out
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Parking at the trailhead.

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Reviews (127)
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Austin Walker
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Hiking

Painful, lots of roots and rocks. Ups and downs. But made it to camp.

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Craig Blair
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Running

Trail was very muddy and in places the trail was severely damaged from recent wet weather. Still, this is one of the wildest places in Kentucky. If you want to get away from it all, hike Swift Camp Creek.

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Scott Wolf
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HikingGreat!

One of my favorite hikes when the leaves are down. Still looking for the lost silver mine

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Wei Yang
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Mark Herron
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Hiking

Tough trails but great scenery.

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Amanda Miller
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TRUE TO DESCRIPTION-HARD! We back packed this and overnight camped. Dense vegetation; narrow trailhead with varying elevations. Deadfall and portions of the trail you will need to climb over, navigate but it was passable. We were there in July, high temps and very humid. So this trailhead offered plenty of shade and cooler towards boulders, cliff edges and low ground. A lot of up, strenuous winding trail. Loved every minute of it

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Dustin Stumbo
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HikingBlowdownGreat!
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Adam Mayo
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BackpackingMuddyOver grownWashed out
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David Escobar
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Hiking

beautiful...but alot of steep ups n downs...

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samuel donovan
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HikingGreat!
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Natasha Brown
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BugsRocky

Holy Cow, this was a tough trail. We started at the trail head and then took wildcat trail back up to the road, and walked the road back to our car. So we actually only did less than half of Swift camp creek and that was more than enough! some of the passes were barely enough room for your feet with steep drop offs to our side. In total we hiked a little over 5 miles on that loop, and it took a little over 5 hours. we also went to Chimney Rock and Sky Bridge so we ended up with 8.7 miles hiked, We are whooped for sure!

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Denny Bennett
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BackpackingGreat!

Completed this back in July 2020. Absolutely awesome place to set up camp near the creek. Places to swim and even some sandy areas. I will be headed back summer of 2021.

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Elizabeth Ann
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BackpackingBugsOver grownRocky

The reviews are accurate-this trail will kick your ass. Narrow trail with a lot of constant up and down that will wear you out! We hiked this South to North as part of a backpacking overnight.

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Aaron Leitner
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HikingOver grown

This little trail is quite the little butt kicker. I probably wouldn’t recommend this for inexperienced day hikers. Once you get past the waterfall a mile or 2 in, things get tough. Very pretty area. Lots neat of rock formations. Some really cool off trail campsites it you keep your eyes open for them.

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Adam Richardson
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HikingBugs

Great trail! lots of trail camp spots along the creek.

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River Visual
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Hiking

Swift Camp Creek might be the hardest official Forest Service trail in the Gorge-not because there is so much vertical, but because it is so narrow and grown over most of the way north of the waterfall. Truly a wilderness trail. No great sweeping views, but lots of beautiful scenery and rock formations along Swift Camp Creek. Though the trail follows Swift Camp Creek, most of the time it is halfway up the hill above it, not down at the creekside.

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james Jaques
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Be advised, this is listed as 10.2 miles out and back, that is not correct. We started at Swift Camp Creek Parking trailhead, and planned to hike approximately 5 miles to the waterfalls at Rock Bridge Trail to set camp and then return there next morning. After hiking 7.2 miles we had to stop and make camp. (ran out of daylight) Also between Wildcat trail loop and Rock bridge trail it is difficult to find a clear level place to camp. This is a very challenging trail for backpacking. Many steep hills, narrow ledges, muddy slides, and fallen trees to navigate. All in all this was still a good backpacking experience. Would have been great if we were better prepared for the distance. Bring plenty of water and would advise a water filtration system to use at the river.

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Marco Calderõn
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, no view spots but a nice little water fall. I can see why people say the trail is a little difficult. if you aren't use to hiking lt will be a little hard, but if you are use to hiking you will not have any problems.

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Jon Howard
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Hiking

Great trail. Beautiful stream crossing. Lots of beautiful rock outcroppings. Not heavily trafficked. I want to come back to this one and try to tackle more of it. This and Grays Arch Loop are my two favorites in the gorge.

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David Clendening
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Hiking

Great scenery! Rugged, could use better blazes, took six hours to hike from Angel Windows to Rock Bridge parking lot. Overall a great day in the forest.

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Joe Johnson
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

Did this is part of a backpacking trip with Rock Bridge Loop at the end and did the Wildcat Trail on the return. Wonderful trail through thick vegetation. The trail has a fair amount of elevation change and you are constantly hiking the side of a hill with very few flats. Hard to get great scenic views of the creek valley because of the overgrowth but the overgrowth makes the trail if you ask me. It’s very well shaded and while it’s hot and humid, at least the suns off you. Expect to sweat a lot though. You’ll also see some great rock overhangs along the trail. For water you’ll have to pump or treat the water from the Swift Camp Creek (most likely access near Rock Bridge because while you’re near the creek the whole time, it’s a couple hundred feet below you) or a small tributary that feeds into the creek that you cross shortly past the Wildcat Junction (if you are starting at the Swift Camp Creek trailhead parking).

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Deb Myers
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