Explore the most popular Camping trails in Kentucky with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
off trail
rocky
washed out
1 day ago

hiking
4 days ago

wonderful short workout hike with the dog. Fall leaves make a it a little challenging to find the trail and hides trip hazards well. Dog and I both enjoyed the trail.

hiking
muddy
5 days ago

Been avoiding this hike due to the heavy traffic of out of town tags I always see at the trailhead. Finally hiked it and it is one of my favorite hikes. Just a nice hike all together. Combine it with the Pinch-em Tight.

horseback riding
7 days ago

With Loretta

Awesome Day Hike. A few scrambles if you aren’t aware. Sights are worth it. Enjoy!

hiking
blowdown
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
8 days ago

hiking
flooded
11 days ago

Great place to take the kids (12, 8, 5, 2). The terrain is challenging but not enough to make it too difficult. If you park at the lodge you will have access to bathrooms and a restaurant if you so desire. We made the hike the day after a torrential rain so certain parts of the trail were flooded, particularly at the Southern tip of the lake. All in all a great place to take the family.

hiking
13 days ago

Very nice hike. Aside from the staircase, it’s really not difficult. Pretty view before you descend the stairs, then a nice walk through rhododendrons and forest.

hiking
scramble
13 days ago

Great hike, great conditions, my favorite in the gorge! Easiest way to get up cloud splitter is the crevice on the right side, there is a rope tied to the tree to help pull yourself up. Tough to make it up with a dog though.

rock climbing
scramble
14 days ago

awesome hike, it's both easy and hard to miss the key forks in the road to be on the correct unmarked path. for staircase, after taking a left at the sign and staying on the curve, there is a small bridge and then the tree marked where you take a right to get to staircase is right there 50 feet ahead. apparently there is a second bridge if you keep going so if you hit that you passed it. for cloudsplitter you just have to make sure you cut back on the sheltowee rather than completing the staircase loop. if you go to Atena Arch and then Indian Arch (I'd recommend to hit them, they don't add much time and Atena is a nice view), it's pretty easy because then you turn back and finish with cloudsplitter... otherwise if you hit the Indian Arch you know your not on the way to cloudsplitter. actually finding cloudsplitter wasn't so obvious for us if it wasn't for the foot traffic, we could see people exiting to ask them. it's on the right after a small stream that may be there. up on cloudsplitter you can take the rope or the crack to get up. the 'secret cave' was actually so cool and very easy to miss. after the crack in the rock to get up, the crack continues if you re-enter it and then you can walk the shoulder width crack until you have up go up into a tunnel around 8ft. up, probably only 6feet of tunnel to get out into the cave opening. the view isn't as good as up top but it is a different view that is nice and it's cool too go into the cave and see the view from there. kind of annoying there is even graffiti in the cave but what can you do. after cloudsplitter you are very close to the road back to the parking lot at the staircase beginning, we used that to shave off a mile or 2, then got pizza at the super popular pizza place that everyone recommends.

Nice trail, not too difficult except for some scrambling near Cane Creek (someone has added a rope to one section to help get through a tougher spot since I last hiked this section of trail). Took my 4.5 year old with me and he had no problems with the trail minus a little assistance on the multiple creek crossings. Trail is no longer marked well though. On the entire trail I saw 0 intact trail markers. I noticed a couple painted markers that someone has taken a knife to and attempted to destroy. On the way out I found two of the metal Sheltowee Trace markers destroyed (only corners with the nails remain) where it looks like someone cut them off the trees. Despite this, except at one creek crossing, the trail is very clear due to it's regular usage. Encountered about a dozen people on the trail including one fat tire biker.

This trail was rather dope. Easy hike to the arch while a little tougher on the way back (steps steps steps). Scenery is really cool once you get closer to the arch. Didn’t end up doing the loop but still 10/10 would recommend.

Beautiful trail with an amazing view! My pup and I both loved it.

probably my favorite trail in the area - beautiful arches and etching into the rocks from years of sediment - some of the prettiest texture in nature

awesome loop with wonderful views - a great hike that shows some of the best the gorge has to offer - did the loop counter clockwise and noticed folks who did it clockwise might have had a harder time

Hiked as a point-to-point. Parked one car at the 49er, then drove the other car to the south side, parked and headed north. We could not seem to find the trail head. The All Trails directions landed us in someone’s driveway. Finally parked next to the cemetery and used All Trails to make our way to the the trail. We essentially forged our own trail and managed to add about 3 miles to our hike by doing it this way. Was an adventure for sure, but my piggies were screaming for an epsom salt bath after that marathon hike. :). At one point we had to cross a highway to continue the trail. It was also drag racing weekend, so sounds of the dragsters could be heard during most of our 16 mile hike (took just under 7 hrs hiking time). While there were no spectacular views necessarily or stunning water features, this was still a very pretty hike and this day we were aiming for distance. Loved the suspension bridge and trails. We also encountered such a variety of trails and people! Bikers, hikers, runners, campers - great variety of trail types. After crossing the highway the trail was much quieter. Also was prettier as we went along. A very long hike, but loved every minute of it and so glad we did it!!

Great hike! Saw many dogs! Finally wore my husky out after 4 miles!! GREAT views!

New the the RRG but I thought it was a beautiful hike. The arch was stunning and the rock formations along the way were impressive. The scramble up to the arch was slightly challenging on slippery rocks. We did not go counter-clockwise and paid for it with four sets of steep up-hill stairs back to back. However, we were rewarded with rest on an awesome, large look out rock before finishing up the loop.

hiking
1 month ago

A lovely stroll through the woods and very empty along the way. Some fun scrambles down rocks and natural steps to get to the arch and very neat rock wall that you can have fun exploring. Felt like it’s own magical little world to me.

Most scenic trail in the Gorge. Well worth your time.

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