Tower Rock Trail

Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky
Elevation Gain252ft
Trailhead Elevation746ft
Elevation Min/Max746/998ft
Elevation Start/End746/746ft

Tower Rock Trail

Tower Rock Trail is a hiking trail in Menifee County, Kentucky. It is within Daniel Boone National Forest. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 746 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 252 feet. The trail ends near Tower Rock (elevation 974 feet).

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Blacklick, OH
Pathfinder | 190 pts
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This trail is definitely a "diamond in the rough." It is a trail that winds up from the road and is a fairly easy hike and can be done by anyone, I am living proof of that. The reward at the end is a massive rock formation with flora of many different kinds. My buddy and I did not encounter anyone else on the trail, so it was an awesome peaceful hike, totally worth a quick side trip when visiting the area.

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Hiking Kentucky (Falcon Guides)
Michael H. Brown, Revised by Carrie L. Stambaugh
"This short walk to a tall rock on the edge of the Clifty Wilderness is perfect for families with small children. Do keep in mind you are entering a federally designated wilderness, which is managed to be more primitive than other areas. Wilderness is also managed to provide solitude, and the maximum group size is ten. The Tower Rock Trailhead sign is on the left (north) side of the road, and on the right is a narrow shoulder for parking. Be careful; the shoulder is indeed narrow, and below lies the Red River."
Hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge (Menasha Ridge Press)
Sean Patrick Hill
"Hidden above the Red River is the monolithic Tower Rock, known to rock climbers but virtually unknown to hikers, and even then there may be no one there at all. The trailhead is virtually unmarked but for a small trail sign along the road. Even the parking area is obscure. That said, this is a short and pleasant hike into the edge of the Clifty Wilderness, through rhododendron thickets and tall hardwoods to a sandstone cathedral rising to 90 feet above the forest floor. The climb to Tower Rock is easy and makes a good hike for kids."

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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