Swift Camp Creek Trail, Ft 219 Professional Reviews and Guides
"This peaceful circular walk in the Clifty Wilderness takes you to a sizable creek perfect for cooling off on a hot day. Keep in mind that you are entering a federally designated wilderness.These areas are managed to be more primitive than other areas, in order to provide solitude.The maximum group size is ten in this area for hiking and camping.The 12,600-acre Clifty Wilderness, one of two designated wildernesses in Kentucky, was heavily logged before it received protected status in 1985. The old roads and paths used by loggers and homesteaders are still visible, so you won’t experience the remoteness found in large wilderness tracts in the western United States."
--Michael H. Brown, Revised by Carrie L. Stambaugh, Hiking Kentucky (Falcon Guides).
"One of the best ways to experience the Clifty Wilderness, the Swift Camp Creek Trail 219 winds along overhanging cliffs and under dense forests of towering trees. For a stretch, Swift Camp Creek descends into a nearly inaccessible stretch called Hell’s Kitchen, flowing into deep grottoes and underneath rock shelters, as well as over waves of sand and around massive boulders. Be aware that this trail twists and turns with every curve of the creek, which can make this hike seem arduous at times. The trail condition, too, is something to consider: much of it is rugged and narrow and skirts overhanging cliffs."
--Sean Patrick Hill, Hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Two trails create a quiet, seldom-used loop through the primitive Clifty Wilderness, descending to Swift Camp Creek and passing numerous cliff formations and water-cooled grottoes. The woods of this 12,600-acre wilderness, one of only two in Kentucky, are lush here and especially along the creek, where white-flowered rhododendrons lean out over the broad and slow Swift Camp Creek, and lichen blooms on the boulders scattered along the shores. Parts of the trail are in rough shape, having not been maintained adequately, but in other places the trail is broad and easy."
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