Winding Stair Gap Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

Winding Stair Gap Trail is a 5.7 mile out and back trail located near London, Kentucky that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.7 miles
1,026 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


trail running




7 months ago

Winding Stair is very lightly traveled, last time I was in the area, it was poorly signed as well.
The entire Rockcastle Narrows/Sheltowee loop is very isolated, and does have a creepy feel to it. I hiked towards VanHook from FR 119 last october and found quite a bit of bear scat and ripped up stumps along VanHook Branch.

7 months ago

it is very isolated and I agree with one pf the other reviews...creepy. Its beautiful once you get down to the river but its very isolated.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

We drove down a gravel road for 17 miles, only to come to a gate. The app said the trail head was a 5 minute walk from where we parked. We parked, walked up there, and got to a road with a sign that said the trail head was 1.75 miles down that road. It was also very creepy and extremely isolated.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Went downhill on 401, camped along the river and came up 402 the next day. It was hot and humid which added to the difficulty. We had large 50lb packs. These were moderate to difficult, but with the packs, solidly difficult. Great camping by the river, but please take your trash out with you. Many before have not.