Swift Camp Creek Trail, Ft 219

Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Elevation Gain3,772ft
Trailhead Elevation1,150ft
Elevation Min/Max760/1150ft
Elevation Start/End1150/1150ft
Swift Camp Creek Trail, Ft 219 is a hiking trail in Wolfe County, Kentucky. It is within Daniel Boone National Forest. It is 6.0 miles long and begins at 1,150 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,772 feet. The Parking for Angel WIndows parking is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Wildcat Trail, Ft 228.

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."

"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."

"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."

Swift Camp Creek Trail, Ft 219 Reviews

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I Yo-Yo'd the trail in one day. I must say it is one of the most difficult challenging yet exhilarating trails I have ever done. End to End GPS tracked the hike from RockBridge to Ky715 at 9.2 miles. I Will post the GPX track of the whole trail one way. I will say, having done it yo-yo, for a total of 19 some miles in one day, It is more difficult to start at RockBridge due to the elevation profile. The last full mile of the trip is all uphill. from about 719 ft to 1150 ft in elevation in one mile. My legs about gave out on this hill. I advise packing plenty of water and some good trail mix for this hike. The scenery and beauty, as well as the element of wilderness danger and rugged terrain make this one of my favorite trails i have been on :) If you plan to Yo-Yo the trail, be sure to give yourself plenty of time so you don't get caught out here at night unless you backpack it. You don't want to be caught out here at night hiking the trail with these cliffs.
It's 5.8 mi instead of 5.3. Took us 6 hrs,, not 3. It's definitely not a PEACEFUL walk in the woods, as our hiking guide told us.. This was one of the hardest hikes we've done (and we/ve done a lot).
Most reviews of this trail rate it as "difficult" and I have to agree. First and foremost this is NOT a loop. It is a hard 8 mile hike each way. Be prepared for narrow trails on steep ridges and occasional scrambles. A good map is a good idea as the trail can be somewhat hard to follow at times. There is not a lot of good camp sites in the middle part of the trail due to steep terrrain. All this being said, this is a stunning hike that I highly recommend if you seek a challenge. Post note: The Trail Guide is NOT for Swift Camp Creek Trail. It is for a loop that includes part of Swift Camp Creek Trail and Wildcat Trail.
This is one of the most extreme things I have ever done, be prepared for this trail. It seemed to throw everything you could imagine and a lot more. The area was as breathtaking as trails ups and downs. We went in the middle of the week and stayed until Friday, we only came across people on the way back to the car. It has a tropical feeling at parts. bring plenty of water for even a short trip. Please follow the no trace camping rules to keep the area beautiful forever.
3 Stars = Clifty Wilderness, Swift Camp Creek , and more remote than other areas of Red River Gorge. I seemed to work hard every where but along Swift Camp Creek - So when there stop and enjoy. A nice place to visit and for a workout. Pet Peave = Why create a "hike" along a roadway?
Awsome trail, the views were beautiful. Definately the hardest trail in Red River Gorge. 2 waterfalls and a rock bridge. Excellent!

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Daniel Boone National Forest
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Daniel Boone National Forest

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Jun 2018