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

hiking
1 month ago

Quick, easy trail with a great view of the gorge!

hiking
1 month ago

A super quick hike to the viewpoint, terrific view of the area. Go at night to get a wondrous view of the clean night sky, bring a flashlight and pay attention on the trail though.

View from the lookout is top notch for sure!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Not really a trail, but the views are awesome and there are a few lookouts on the side of the trail.

Great trail amazing views a good balance of everything one looks for when hiking

Great views 360 one of my favorite trails to hike

This ranked moderate but should be marked HARD. This is an unmarked trail. There are a lot of side trails to different things and camping sites. Very easy to get lost once you’re up there. Climbing the actual Indian staircase is practically bouldering. It wasn’t hard. But it wasn’t easy. Don’t take a dog. I took mine and it was a struggle. Once you get to the top follow the trail down into the cave and around to be other side. You follow that along the ridge until the trail seems like it dead ends and the only way down is to shimmy down a washed out split in the rock covered in tree roots. Be careful. I could see where people could get hurt with this trail. Or lost.

hiking
4 months ago

Loved it. Sunset is amazing!

hiking
7 months ago

Didn’t think that the vie would be worth it, but I was wrong. Almost 360 view of the surrounding forest and hill tops.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy and great way to see the Gorge if you don't have a lot of time.

Amazing beautiful and simply complicated hike. I prefer to take the counter clockwise route to go down the staircase more than going up.

hiking
9 months ago

great view of the park and you can see the red river in the distance and how it winds through the park!

The path is paved.

walking
10 months ago

This is the trail we take our aged parents and friends with little kids on. It's great for those who want to see the Gorge, but can't do much hiking. Just a short, mostly paved, 1/2 mile, out and back to an observation area. The view is great though and everyone should see it at least once!

hiking
10 months ago

short, easy hike. the view is superb of this section of the gorge.

hiking
10 months ago

slight climb at first but the formation is spectacular. easy hike; no one on this trail the day I went.

walking
11 months ago

Short walk with one of the best views in the park, I love seeing it in the winter when everything is covered in snow.

The description is a little off- there are lots of great rock formations and you CAN see a little waterfall going over a big rock shelter. We hiked this trail as a loop and hiked back to the Sheltowee Trace trailhead on route 715 for about 1.5 miles. This trail offers the best of the gorge. It has jaw-dropping overlooks, cool rock features, giant rock shelters, interesting arches, and great camping spots. We took a side trail to climb Cloud Splitter and climbed through the gap and into a little cave you could see out of. Once you reach the top of the ridge, you see Indian Arch. Near here, there is a short detour to see another arch called Adena Arch. We continued on the unofficial trail along the top of the ridge and camped with a stellar view of the staircase itself. We met back with the official trail, hiked into the valley under the Indian Staircase ridge, and looked up to see a huge rock shelter. To complete the loop we veered off to the Bison Way trail and back to the road. This was a great weekend backpacking trip.

hiking
11 months ago

After doing a bit more challenging hike with our 2 preschoolers and 1 toddler (worn) in the morning this was a nice second hike of the day. It was very easy to stay on the path. It's wide and often paved. We started a little concerned bc of the elevation and advertised cliffs/drops, but they were not an issue because the path was so clear and wide. The view at the end is breathtaking and just the motivation/reward our small hikers needed... well that and promised fruit snacks upon completion.

walking
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Great views from a short trail. Very easy access. Normally people on the trail.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

This place is too cool. We tried to do cavers route here but felt to inexperienced for the umm free solo with a rope lol. I also loved all the bouldering, theres a great V1 here

Sunday, February 26, 2017

very cool trail, beautiful scenery and wildlife.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

awesome would recommend this trail wear your keen s

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

really a path to the overlook. it is a great view. stay inside the barrier, too many have fallen to their death.

walking
Saturday, September 03, 2016

More of a walk to an observation area than a hike. .5 mile round trip. Great view with a paved trail, which worked out well for us as we had our son in a stroller. Couple this with Princess Arch which is in the same parking lot.

The trial map shown is incorrect. The Bison Way Trail is only a .46 mile connector trail to the Sheltowee Trace Trail, which is mainly what is shown on the map. I have suggested an edit. This trail doesn't really offer much, besides a quick way to get to Indian Staircase and Council Chamber Shelter, which earns it 5 *'s!

hiking
Thursday, February 11, 2016

I hiked NE from Koomer ridge campground on the Koomer Ridge trail #220 to the Rough Trail #221. I turned left, NW to the Sheltowee Trace where I turned right, North. I hiked to the Red river suspension bridge near Chimney top on the map (but this trail doesn't go to Chimney Top so it is mid-named). I hiked in January and Chimney top creek was high. The trace crosses the creek 4-5 times in this section. I waded (burr) and balanced across fallen trees across. At the bridge I turned around and followed the trace past Rough to the BR trail #226 left, SE. Back to KR #220 right, S, and back taking the right fork #208 to hidden arch the back to the car. The app shut off for a while but I think this route was 13 miles. It took me 6 hrs. Beautiful hike.

we took this trail to get to the indian staircase and it was great. its a heck of a climb up and down, but most anyone would be able to do it. we saw a few older people and even kids as young as 8 or 10. its a rough trail, but just take your time and you will be fine

Ended up running out of daylight by the time we made it to this portion so couldn't see that well, connects to Shelltowee Trace and can be used to get to Cloud Splitter and Indian Staircase wich are worth the Trip.We take Sheltowee to those points.

A decent hike with a well manicured trail. This trail joins the Sheltowee Trace Trail that will allow for all the hiking you desire. When you hit the Sheltowee Trace, if you go left the trail is not manicured as well but leads to some great rock outcroppings. I believe you can get all the way to the Sky Bridge if I'm not mistaken. It is an in-and-out hike. Lots of great campgrounds off this trail. If you are up for tent camping this could be a great trail for you.

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