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

We backpacked this trail for an overnighter in mid June. It was very muggy. Luckily the trail follows the creek and we were able to wade in and cool off at spots, not to mention filter water.

The trail was wet and muddy from water run off. Though it is well trodden, there are spots where we got stuck because it was not obvious where to go. The trail could definitely use better markers at key areas. I wouldn't say it was a difficult hike, more like moderate if you hike often. However, with the 30 pound bag on my back, every step felt like a chore while dodging roots, fallen debris, thorn bushes, rocks, and muddy areas. Add relentless heat and humidity and this trail makes for a long 1 mile an hour trek.

Great little hike with our puppy. He loved splashing around in the shallow pool at the base of the falls.

If you go past the windows to the stacked rocks, (More impressive than the picture) don’t go further unless you have a backcountry camping permit. But, it’s worth going to this point.

backpacking
25 days ago

I absolutely loved this trail. Did it as part of a weekend backpacking trip rough and swift camp. This was a very beautiful trail. It definitely gets muddy and washed out but if you weren’t expecting it don’t complain you just didn’t do your research.

This was a really great hike! My family loved it, and my 82 year old grandma was even able to make the trek because of how well maintained it is! In parts when the downhill or uphill is steep, stairs are carved out of rocks to make it more accessible to everyone. Definitely recommend!

Trail was easy to follow and very scenic. GO EARLY to beat the crowd. The rock bridge and creation falls are beautiful!

short and easy, good for kids too.

A MUST see trail when hiking the gorge! We took our dog with us on this easy trail. The trail takes you to this beautiful waterfall and swimming hole and our dog loved every second of it! This is the perfect place to take your kids, just make sure to pack a lunch and some swimsuits because you will want to stay and relax for a while!

I highly recommend this trail. It's a nice trail for an afternoon hike after a long day at work! The falls are gorgeous!

Lovely trail with a little bit of everything - beautiful subtropical, mountainside foliage, cardio elevation, rock walls, a cave, an arch, a river, a creek, and a the crown jewel, a waterfall. If you are a photog and want to get pics, don’t come on a weekend. My first visit was on a warm, Sunday, Spring afternoon and it was like Disneyland. If you prefer solitude or want to get pictures, then weekdays, early are good for you. Falls look great after some rain, and the splash pool is a great place to cool off. Nice picnic area and family friendly. My only complaint is the limited parking.

Nice hike with waterfall and creek that the dogs loved.

Very nice trail with different terrain types, creeks, great views. Swift Camp Creek in the Eastern section is a fav. Recommended for a nice day hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Brutal terrain. Elevation change and rocks and tree roots make for a really long trail. I’m not a regular hiker, so this was really too much for me. I hiked about 7.5 of the 10 miles over 11 hours and was completely exhausted at the end.

Still, it was an amazing trail that offered creek crossings, rock scrambling opportunities, waterfalls, birding, and plenty of flora to observe and delight. Highly recommended for those who are up to the challenge physically or who may be backpacking in and spending a couple of days on the trail.

Great hike, a lot to look at thruout the hike. The water crossing were low but enough to get wet, play in, cool down & refill the water bottles. Dogs loved it as well & plenty of flowers to look at along the hike.

Extremely easy short trail, great for when you’re short on time. You get to pass through the arches at the end. Highly recommend doing it at least once.

Really cool rock formations

Easy hike. Make sure to dip your toes in the falls.

hiking
2 months ago

Great little hike. Family friendly.
Also great views.

2 months ago

I started with this trail, but would have been disappointed if I went to it after doing some of the others. A great trail to start with on your trip.

Great evening loop very easy to jog or hike

Love the trail. Something about this trail makes it so peaceful.

3 months ago

I loved it! Went with family on this one. This was my third hike with my son. We were exhausted at the end but it was beautiful. A LOT of inclines and declines throughout. It’s tough but beautiful!

Possibly my favorite hike we did here. If you go past the arch on the left there is a place where the rock drops off and the view is spectacular! We were amazed! Watch your dogs and kids. Highly recommend this trail!!

backpacking
4 months ago

Trail is definitely rough, but views are worth the steep inclines and declines. Trails are very well marked which is a great plus. Almost impossible to get lost out there, especially if you have a paper map of the whole park with trails marked.

A simple fun hike that takes into the gorge along the creek. Parts of the trail are paved which makes the trail even easier than it already is.

A simple fun hike that takes into the gorge along the creek. Parts of the trail are paved which makes the trail even easier than it already is.

hiking
4 months ago

Brandt - I think you were on the Rock Bridge Trail from the parking lot to Rock Bridge. Very easy. Take the kids. Beautiful sights! The Swift Camp Creek Trail, however, is 5 miles one way (10mi out and back) of up and down along Swift Camp Creek with hiking along the edge of a 100ft cliff, some tight spots, plenty of logs and mud. I do not recommend it for kids. I joined the trail from Wildcat and continued south so I missed the first 2 miles. It was beautiful but I did not plan appropriately and was out much longer than expected. If you headed south on the trail there is a spot where it seems to end in a creek. Keep going downstream to pick up the trail again. Not well marked. If you want to do the whole trail in a day: start early, pack a lunch and snacks, dress in layers and take a lot of water. It is challenging but there are wonderful sights along the way. Plan on taking 4 hours one-way and 8 hours for the round trip.

5 months ago

Great trail definitely lives up to it’s name but definitely worth all that work you’ll put in to see it

This easy hike takes you to Creation Falls and Rock Bridge Arch. This was my son’s first experience of Red River Gorge. At 4 years old he said “ Daddy, this is much better than Bernstein Forest”. I will say parking at this trail head is a nightmare.

hiking
5 months ago

Loved. Pretty short. Mile total maybe. Easy hike. Views are beautiful. No one else way out there. Can sit and take it for awhile. This would be very easy to get people out to see the views if they aren’t able to hike inclined trails.

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