Rock Bridge Arch and Swift Camp Creek

 Standing next to the top of Creation Falls on Rock Bridge Trail

Standing next to the top of Creation Falls on Rock Bridge Trail

Overview. This is a reverse lollipop hike - starting and finishing with the Rock Bridge Arch Loop with an out and back in between to the intersection with Wildcat Trail. On the hike, you'll see a large rock shelter, the always beautiful Creation Falls, Rock Bridge Arch, and a dozen or more species of mushrooms.

Route Type:  Reverse Lollipop
Total Distance:  9 miles
Overall Difficulty:  Moderate
USDA Forest Service Trail Map
USDA Forest Service Map of Red River Gorge

Trailhead. From KY-715, turn east onto Rock Bridge Road. Follow it to its end at the trailhead. [map]

Trail navigation. Take the southern entrance to Rock Bridge Trail and descend quickly to the forest floor where you'll see a large rock shelter. Continue on the trail, passing Creation Falls on your right and arriving at Rock Bridge Arch. From there, turn onto Swift Camp Creek Trail and follow it until you arrive at the junction with Wildcat Trail. Return the way you came, turning right (northwest) when you reach Rock Bridge Trail.

CAUTION. Portions of Swift Camp Creek Trail have significant erosion with steep drop-offs. Take care in these sections, as the trail at the edge could give way.

 Map of Rock Bridge Arch and Swift Camp Creek hike (reverse lollipop)

Map of Rock Bridge Arch and Swift Camp Creek hike (reverse lollipop)

 Elevation profile of Rock Bridge Arch and Swift Camp Creek hike (reverse lollipop)

Elevation profile of Rock Bridge Arch and Swift Camp Creek hike (reverse lollipop)

 Signs at Rock Bridge Arch Trailhead

Signs at Rock Bridge Arch Trailhead

 Rock Bridge Arch

Rock Bridge Arch