red river gorge Trails

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Sheltowee Trace: Kentucky River to Red River Gorge :: Heidelberg, KY

This trail section has a little bit of everything. Start with a road walk from the depths of the Kentucky River Valley at Heidelberg to make KY 52. Head a short distance on KY 52 to New Virginia Ridge and enter the Big Sinking Creek Valley, where the

Natural Bridge and Red River Gorge Geologic Area :: Slade, KY

This is a trip for someone who wants to commune with nature, to wander the majestic wilderness, to breathe the scent of dogwood and wildflowers, and to marvel at the rugged cliffs and natural stone bridges in an area of Kentucky so wild that it has n

Sheltowee Trace: Red River Gorge to Cave Run Lake :: Salt Lick, KY

The two ends of this section have the some of the Trace’s best scenery, but also the biggest crowds. Start this section at the bottom of the Red River Gorge and make a rugged trek on the north side of the gorge. Here, the ST travels a single-track pa

Red River Gorge End-to-End :: Stanton, KY

This end-to-end backpack travels through the Red River Gorge Scenic Area. From Whittleton Campground at Natural Bridge State Park, the Sheltowee Trace joins national forest land and nears Whittleton Arch before crossing Bert Combs Mountain Parkway. T

Sheltowee Trace-Osborne Bend Loop :: Valeria, KY

The Clifty Wilderness, along the eastern border of the Red River Gorge Geological Area, is one of only two designated wilderness areas in the state of Kentucky. Remarkably, it is nearly empty of people. The famous Sheltowee Trace crosses the northern

Chimney Top Creek :: Campton, KY

This is one of my favorite walks in the Red River Gorge. There is no single feature to see, rather I enjoy the ever-changing yet constant beauty of the water and the land upon which it flows. Begin walking along the Red River to meet the Sheltowee

Chimney Top Rock, Princess Arch, and Half Moon Arch :: Slade, KY

Two short trails leave the parking lot but travel to sites not to be missed. The paved path to Chimney Top leads to an incredible lookout with a panoramic view over the Red River Gorge, the Chimney Top Creek Drainage, Half Moon Arch, Cloud Splitter R

Little Hole National Recreation Trail :: Kamas, UT

Skirting the north side of the Green River from Flaming Gorge Dam up to Little Hole, this incredibly scenic, mellow hike is an enjoyable ramble. Gently curving through Red Canyon, the river and trail genuinely deserve the National Recreation Trail la

Fern Canyon :: Fort Bragg, CA

With its gurgling alley of green in a verdant canyon, Van Damme State Park provides an easy sampling of the lush ecosystem found just inland from the coast. The highlight is Fern Canyon, a small gorge 400 feet deep that shelters Little River and a lu

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park :: Santa Cruz, CA

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is tucked into the coastal mountains that run a few miles north of Santa Cruz. The dog- friendly park has a network of more than 1 5 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. The huge 4,000-acre parcel of land i

Merced River High Trail :: Yosemite, CA

This extended backpack route is one of Yosemite's best-kept secrets. There is lots of trail traffic between Yosemite Valley and Merced Lake, but not much beyond. A few hikers go on to Red Peak Fork, then head south over Red Peak Pass, but very few tu

Kanab Canyon Loop :: Jacob Lake, AZ

This excellent loop trip goes through remote sections of the Grand Canyon. Highlights include the deep Redwall limestone gorges of Jumpup and Kanab Canyons, an enjoyable cross-country hike along the Colorado River, and Deer Creek Falls. There’s a

Hamaker :: Prospect, OR

This idyllic campground occupies a forested bench overlooking the Rogue Wild and Scenic River as it threads out of Crater Lake National Park. Gorgeous old-growth Shasta red firs and Douglas firs rise above camp. The setting is perfect for lounging, b

Redwood Falls Challenge Ride :: Redwood Falls, MN

This ride starts in a community at the fork of the Redwood and Minnesota Rivers in the heart of Minnesota’s plains. An area surrounded by history, Redwood Falls was created around the time of the tragic U. S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862. After the war, s

Devils Canyon Loop Trail :: Fruita, CO

On the extreme western side of Colorado, there is a primeval desert land of astounding beauty. With painted canyon walls, massive columns of rock, and open red valleys dotted green with sage, juniper, and piñon pine, these colorful canyonlands take h

Unnamed Arch :: Campton, KY

This hike begins nearthe Gladie Visitor Center and Historic Site and the Red River Gorge bison herd. You should incorporate a visit to these two attractions into your outing. A restored cabin is the centerpiece of this demonstration area that replica

Red River: Upper Red River to Lower Red River :: Campton, KY

Originating in Wolfe County, the Red River flows northwest through Powell County and along the Estill–Clark County line before emptying into the Kentucky River south of Winchester. During the early 1970s, national attention was focused on the river a

Gray's Arch :: Slade, KY

A 50-foot-high natural arch and a small, shady creek with inviting wading pools highlight this Red River Gorge hike.This trail underwent major renovations in 2014 and is now a much clearer, nicer trail to hike. Natural arches are formed over thousand

Koomer Ridge :: Slade, KY

This walk along forested ridges in the Red River Gorge takes you to a small rock arch and a scenic stream. Logging, aided by the construction of rail lines, came to this remote gorge with a vengeance in the late 1800s, and by the 1920s much of the ar

Malad Gorge State Park :: Twin Falls, ID

Enjoy scenic overlooks into 250-foot Malad Gorge and Hagerman Valley, along with a 60-foot waterfall, springs, and raptor-watching. This 652-acre state park is located at an elevation of 3,270 feet, making for a good early- or late-season excursion.

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park Campgrounds :: Crescent City, CA

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is gorgeous. Not only does the Smith River run by the campground for unparalleled fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and swimming, but the hiking is also great. The wild Smith River National Recreation Area is next

Alfred A. Loeb State Park Nature Trails :: Brookings, OR

This hike through Alfred A. Loeb State Park offers a rare glimpse of two hard-to-find tree species: the Oregon myrtle and the redwood. The Riverview Trail follows the banks of the salmon-and steelhead-rich Chetco River through an old grove of Oregon

Redwood Falls :: Redwood Falls, MN

A shorter sibling to Ramsey Falls, and the town’s namesake, Redwood Falls cascades into a deep gorge just inside the park’s entrance, only steps from the parking area and trailhead. The Redwood River flows north and east from prairies and farmland in

Zion Narrows :: Springdale, UT

Sluice through towering walls of sandstone and hike-scramble-wade-swim through one of the finest river gorges on earth. It’s the sweetest mile in the best slot canyon in America—maybe the world—even if it’s not a trail, per se. Rippled red rocks reac

Flaming Gorge - Uintas Scenic Byway: Vernal to Manila and Dutch John :: Vernal, UT

A 150-mile drive along the eastern edge of the Uinta Mountains and along the southern rim of Flaming Gorge Reservoir, providing outstanding views of the river gorge and the High Uintas and a variety of roadside geology lessons. Like so many of the pl

Colorado River Scenic Byway: Moab to Interstate 70 :: Cisco, UT

A 44-mile run through the redrock canyon carved by the Colorado River, then across the desert to the major east-west travel corridor of central Utah. What distinguishes this drive from other canyon drives in southern Utah is that while this drive doe

Sequoia and Kings Canyon Scenic Drive: Minkler to Lemon Cove :: Pinehurst, CA

These two drives form a 160-mile open loop drive that begins in Minkler on the eastern edge of the San Joaquin Valley, climbs into the western Sierra, visits the spectacular gorge at Kings Canyon National Park, traverses towering stands of giant sequ

Slickhorn Canyon, Access #6 to the San Juan River :: Mexican Hat, UT

This demanding trip offers direct access to a wild stretch of the San Juan River at Slickhorn Rapids, not far above the river’s impoundment in Lake Powell. Slickhorn Canyon, below its confluence with Trail Canyon, is a mostly trail-less, boulder-chok

Green River, Flaming Gorge :: Dutch John, UT

Clean, cold, productive; what more could you want? The arch of Flaming Gorge Dam is thrust against the walls of Red Canyon by the pressure of 100 miles of impounded water from the Green River. The lake is famous for huge browns and kokanee salmon, bu

Fryingpan River :: Basalt, CO

The 14-mile stretch of the Fryingpan River from Ruedi Reservoir to the Roaring Fork River is a world-famous tailwater fishery cutting through a redstone canyon. The Fryingpan River, for angling purposes, can be divided into three stretches: the uppe

Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail :: Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, WA

Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail is a hiking trail in Clark County, Washington. It is within Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 26 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.4 miles with a total elevatio

Little Hole National Recreation Trail :: Vernal, UT

Right when you’re about to stow away the bike and wax the skis, head to Flaming Gorge to squeeze in one last alpine ride on the Little Hole National Recreation Trail along the Green River. “Why wait,” you say? Because the trail is closed to bicycles

The Yampa River :: Dinosaur, CO

The Yampa River flows for 46 miles through Dinosaur National Monument. You can join a private raft company or float on your own with a permit. Here most of the fish and wildlife that depend on wild canyons remain, and the river vegetation is in its n

Quechee State Park :: White River Junction, VT

In a state full of incredible natural spectacles, Quechee Gorge has got to be one of Vermont’s most amazing and unique sights. Plunging 165 feet down to the Ottauquechee River—whew, I’m glad they shortened that to name the gorge—Quechee Gorge reminds

White Rim Road Drive :: Moab, UT

This road passes through one of North America’s most spectacular landscapes, an eroded and incised red-rock world that rivals the Grand Canyon. It includes towering cliffs and buttes, the gorges of the Colorado and Green rivers, the pinnacles of Monu

Jay Cooke State Park :: Cloquet, MN

West of Duluth. A short trail through a large park that follows the Saint Louis River from the rocky gorge to the high, red, clay banks. Special attractions: The Saint Louis River Gorge, the swinging bridge, and overlooks of the river valley; also ba

Jay Cooke State Park :: Carlton, MN

A 126-foot swinging suspension footbridge crosses the St. Louis River, high above the gorge with its red clay banks--clay deposited long ago by Glacial Lake Duluth, the ancient glacial lake that later became Lake Superior. This bridge, rebuilt in 195

Courthouse Rock and Auxier Ridge :: Slade, KY

The loop to Courthouse Rock offers the stunning cliff-top views that make the Red River Gorge famous. From the highest points, you will see the Gorge itself, as well as vistas to Ravens Rock, Haystack Rock, and Double Arch. Half of the hike descends

Grays Arch :: Slade, KY

One of the quickest and easiest ways to see one of the most famous arches in the Red River Gorge region is to make a short ramble through the forest to Grays Arch. Perched above an impressive overhang of cliffs dripping a steady pulse of water into a

Koomer Ridge and Hidden Arch :: Slade, KY

To the north of the Koomer Ridge Campground lies some of the most amazing terrain in the Red River Gorge area. Around Koomer Ridge, a double loop surveys the best of the region. You will enjoy Hidden Arch, rock shelters, and a deep woodsy walk along

Rock Bridge Arch :: Campton, KY

This easy path, great for kids, visits some of the biggest trees in the area, including eastern hemlocks, which give parts of this trail a vaulted feel. Tangles of flowering rhododendrons, mountain laurels, and holly bushes line the trail. The path f

The Rough Trail :: Slade, KY

The Rough Trail, without a doubt, lives up to its name. That said, it is also likely the single-best long trail in the whole of the Red River Gorge. To do the whole trail demands endurance, as the path climbs no less than five ridges. Still, it can b

Sheltowee Trace :: Mariba, KY

The Sheltowee Trace, Kentucky’s most famous trail, runs on a northsouth route for 269 miles through the length of the state. About 17 of those miles cross the length of the Red River Gorge Geological Area and the Clifty Wilderness with an additional

Sky Bridge :: Valeria, KY

Of all the trails in the Red River Gorge, this short path is likely the most heavily used of them all. Granted, the drive alone is stunning: the access road, as well as the trail, stretches along a ridge dividing the deep ravine of Swift Camp Creek f

Sheltowe Trace-Bison Way Loop :: Valeria, KY

It is entirely possible that of all the trails the Red River Gorge has to offer, this one is the most popular. Two reasons quickly come to mind: the Indian Steps, a water-scoured formation up a steep sandstone cliff that rewards with a commanding vie

Superior Hiking Trail: Manitou and Caribou Rivers :: Tofte, MN

A great walk, one worth each and every step. There are the huge cedars and yellow birch, a beautiful maple-birch dominated forest (will be spectacular in the fall), the Manitou River, Beaver Valley and all its lilies, Indian pipes, morning glories, l

Bell Creek :: Multnomah Falls, OR

Perhaps the loneliest trail on the Oregon side of the Columbia River gorge national Scenic area, Bell Creek is an excellent choice for quiet contemplation and for admiring a forest several centuries old. Some of the biggest and oldest trees, includin

Valley View Trail :: Big Sur, CA

Beginning alongside Pfeiffer Redwood Creek, this semi-loop route meanders past some of the park’s largest coast redwoods. Climbing above the canyon floor, the trail offers views down the Big Sur River gorge.

Upper Falls and Devils Kettle— Judge C.R. Magney State Park :: Grand Marais, MN

The path to the falls rises quickly from the trailhead to cross a long bridge over the river. The trail then moseys along rolling contours to a spur trail descending steeply to the river and Lower Falls. Continue on the main trail to an overlook high

Rock Bridge :: Campton, KY

A beautiful loop hike that is dog-friendly and short enough for children, it goes by a rock house, a waterfall, and a true natural bridge with a picturesque creek flowing beneath it. The route takes you to two Red River Gorge landmarks. The first is