Sheltowee Connector Trail, Jump Rock, and Footbridge

Sheltowee Connector Trail, Jump Rock, and Footbridge

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.

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Swift Camp Creek Overlook

Swift Camp Creek Overlook

There are a handful of roadside pull-offs with big views in Red River Gorge. This particular one is among the best with a very short unmarked trail leading to a nice perch overlooking Swift Camp Creek below. It’s a small piece of rock - perfect for couples or you and your bestie.

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Tar Kiln Ridge to Above Military Wall

Tar Kiln Ridge to Above Military Wall

I’ve been wanting to do this hike for some time, and today was the day. It was BRUTALLY AWESOME! 90-degree heat, sun-soaked ridgeline, badly overgrown trail, tons of deadfall, maximum skin destruction, scrambling, crawling on all fours…yup, it was GREAT!!! And that view at the end? Hard won and worth all the challenges.

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Tarr Ridge to First Overlook

Tarr Ridge to First Overlook

Starting from the trailhead at the northern entrance to Red River Gorge Geological Area on Tarr Ridge Road (KY-77), this short hike provides an awesome view of the gorge along with a grand variety of fungus along the trail. With plenty of backcountry campsites along the way and additional viewpoints further out, this is a great place to explore.

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Hanson's Point to Gray's Arch Loop (2)

Hanson's Point to Gray's Arch Loop (2)

After having such a great time with the kids on this hike in April, the wife wanted to see what all the fuss was about. This really is one of the best hikes available at Red River Gorge. It’s 7 miles that offers a highlight reel of what the Gorge is all about - walking through hardwoods, panoramic vistas, super cool geology, and of course, a big ass arch (Gray’s Arch).

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Pioneer South

Pioneer South

This is a nice walk in the woods that will take you out toward the Mountain Parkway that you’ll be able to hear, but not see. We followed this trail out to the end and did a little bushwhacking to reach some bearing trees before heading back. There is a side trail 1/2 mile into the hike that is worth exploring, and I’ve made plans to return using a different route in the winter to explore the large rock shelter that lies below.

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