Chimney Top Rock at Sunrise

 An amazing sunrise view of Pinch 'em Tight from Chimney Top Rock.

An amazing sunrise view of Pinch 'em Tight from Chimney Top Rock.

Overview. This is a short 'drive-up' hike that has an incredible view of Red River Gorge. It's particularly beautiful at dawn/dusk and is a must-do hike for any visitor. Some of the best photographs of the Gorge area are taken from this vantage point.

Route Type:  Out and Back
Total Distance:  0.6 miles
Overall Difficulty:  Easy
USDA Forest Service Trail Map
USDA Forest Service Map of Red River Gorge Area

Trailhead. From KY-715, turn onto Chimney Top Road and follow it until it ends at the trailhead parking lot for Chimney Top and Princess Arch Trails. [map]

Trail navigation. There's nothing to this hike - simply walk out on the partially paved trail until you reach the lookout point at the end.

CAUTION. Chimney Top Rock is the number one place for fatalities in Red River Gorge. Do NOT go past the fences and take care to stay a safe distance from the cliff's edge.

 Signs at Chimney Rock Trailhead.

Signs at Chimney Rock Trailhead.

 Morning fog in Red River Gorge from Chimney Top Rock at sunrise.

Morning fog in Red River Gorge from Chimney Top Rock at sunrise.

 Looking down into Red River Gorge from Chimney Top Rock.

Looking down into Red River Gorge from Chimney Top Rock.

 Half Moon from Chimney Top Rock at sunrise.

Half Moon from Chimney Top Rock at sunrise.

 On the road leaving Chimney Rock just past sunrise.

On the road leaving Chimney Rock just past sunrise.