Tunnel Ridge Road Camping Guide


Situated on the south side of Red River Gorge, Tunnel Ridge Road provides access to some of the best hiking in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Without doubt, it is the cheapest, easiest place to camp with ten parking lots and several dozen walk-in campsites. Each has a pit toilet and bear-proof trash bins - providing the basics to keep the forest clean. As a ridge, there is no reliable running water to be found without a good hike down, so bring water for the weekend and enjoy!


Map and Quick List


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Map of Tunnel Ridge Road without labels for each parking lot. EAch spur represents one of the parking lots or trailheads below. Note that the distances on the map include mileage logged while mapping the lots themselves. If meeting someone, use the mileage listed below.

Map of Tunnel Ridge Road without labels for each parking lot. EAch spur represents one of the parking lots or trailheads below. Note that the distances on the map include mileage logged while mapping the lots themselves. If meeting someone, use the mileage listed below.

Mile 0.7 | Pinch ‘em Tight Trailhead [map]
Mile 0.9 | Gray’s Arch/D. Boon Hut Trailhead [map]
Mile 1.1 | Archaic Parking Lot [pending Google]
Mile 1.3 | Ft. Ancient Parking Lot [pending Google]
Mile 1.5 | Sandstone Parking Lot [pending Google]
Mile 1.9 | Paleo Parking Lot [pending Google]
Mile 2.3 | Tar Kiln Parking Lot [pending Google]
Mile 2.5 | Woodland Parking Lot [map]
Mile 2.9 | Pioneer Parking Lot [map]
Mile 4.0 | Auxier Ridge Trailhead [map]


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