Rock Bridge Trail

Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky
Elevation Gain389ft
Trailhead Elevation1,145ft
Elevation Min/Max908/1145ft
Elevation Start/End1145/1145ft

Rock Bridge Trail

Rock Bridge Trail is a hiking trail in Wolfe County, Kentucky. It is within Daniel Boone National Forest. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 1,145 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 389 feet. The Rock Bridge Trailhead Parking and the Rock Bridge Picnic Area picnic site are near the trailhead.

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Winchester, KY
Pathfinder | 82 pts
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Devon, KY
Adventurer | 220 pts
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This trail is fairly easy with paved areas. It is very crowded, but worth it for the views.
Lexington, KY
Adventurer | 494 pts
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This is a great trail for families or casual hiker. It's easy to hike not very strenuous. Best of all there is a nice little water fall and a nice rock bridge to see.
Louisville, KY
Explorer | 40 pts
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Great summer trail for the whole family.
This trail is a favoite standby for hikes with family on muggy summer days. While it's not the most scenic trail in the gorge, it has charms of its own. The walk down from the parking lot winds you through some meadows before descending into the narrow valleys typical of the gorge.
The wildflowers are great, but beware of the occasional bee swarms.
In a flat plane near the bottom of the valley, you can see where a homestead once existed. The forest quickly reclaimed it - accelerated by unscrupulous hikers.
Just before you reach Swift Creek and the arch, you begin walking parallel to a stream on your right. The stream then tumbles over a small waterfall - a great place to cool off when it's sweltering. The stream flows freely except in the most serious droughts.
Keep following the stream to it's junction with Swift Creek and play around Rock Bridge. It's an easy scramble to the top.
An easy trail down. Nice spots to stop for lunch in the coolness of the valley, near the water. For those multi-day trips, it's nice to freshen up.
The kids will have a blast on this trail. It's a very safe trail for kids by gorge standards. There are no steep drop-offs near the trail. If you want to introduce your kids to the wonders of the outdoors, this is a good trail. Take the opportunity to bring them along and teach them the rules of responsible hiking.

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Hiking Kentucky (Falcon Guides)
Michael H. Brown, Revised by Carrie L. Stambaugh
"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 Creation Falls, a beautiful waterfall with a sandy beach at the base. The second is Rock Bridge, the area’s only true natural bridge because it has a stream—Swift Camp Creek—flowing beneath it."
Hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge (Menasha Ridge Press)
Sean Patrick Hill
"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 follows the Rock Bridge Fork and Swift Camp Creek, passing a waterfall and Rock Bridge Arch, the only rock bridge in the Red River Gorge area that lives up to its name, as it actually spans running water."

Trail Information

Daniel Boone National Forest
Nearby City
Daniel Boone National Forest
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Slade
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