Sheltowee Connector Trail, Jump Rock, and Footbridge

Overview. This short out and back is a lot of fun in warm weather when you can enjoy Red River’s most famous jump rock. For kids, this is among the best hikes in Red River Gorge with a long footbridge over the river. On this day, we also found a plethora of fall wildflowers in bloom with plenty of butterflies and bees taking full advantage.

Route Type | Out and Back
Total Distance | 1 mile
Overall Difficulty | Easy
Sheltowee Connector Trail Map | USDA Forest Service
USDA Forest Service Map of Red River Gorge Area

Trailhead. The trailhead for this hike leaves from the east side of the parking lot. It is a busy lot, with many backpackers using it to reach Indian Staircase. [map]

Trail navigation. The trail follows along Red River until reaching the intersection with Sheltowee Trace at the footbridge. Numerous side trails exist to go down to the river or up to the road. Follow the white diamond blazes to stay on trail.

CAUTION - Cliffs. Be careful to avoid getting too close the edge of cliffs, as this is the leading cause of serious injury and death when hiking in Red River Gorge.

CAUTION - Poisonous snakes. While the gorge is within the range of timber rattlesnakes, copperheads are the most common poisonous snake encountered. Stay alert on the trail, as snakes are commonly found taking in the warmth of the trail. Give them a wide berth or wait for them to move off the trail.

CAUTION - Bears. Black bears are growing in number throughout Daniel Boone National Forest. Be sure to follow bear safety precautions. [Be Bear Aware by US Forest Service]