Chimney Top Overnight Loop

Campton, Kentucky 41301

Chimney Top Overnight Loop

Chimney Top Overnight Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This overnight loop traverses the south side of the Red River Gorge. Start on the Koomer Ridge Trail, visiting Hidden Arch, then dip into the Right Fork Chimney Top Creek watershed and spend here your first night. Next, head west along Buck Ridge to join the Sheltowee Trace. Shortly, leave the Trace and visit Grays Arch.

From the arch, undulate back eastward in and out of watersheds to rejoin the Trace, which leads to lower Right Fork Chimney Top Creek, where you spend your second night. From here, make a steep climb to Koomer Ridge, then stroll along this ridgeline to complete your loop. The waterside campsites feature hemlock woods and a clear stream. The trail mileages each day are not long, but do involve multiple ups and downs. Outstanding Features: Hidden Arch, Grays Arch, views, and Chimney Top Creek"

Chimney Top Overnight Loop Trip Reports

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Trail was fairly well marked but my topo map came inhandy as there were some unmarked side trails. Beautiful area with some nice geological formations. Not much solitude but a nice hike.
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This is a fantastic hike. Despite the recommendation of making it a three day trip, my group (11 hikers total) completed the entire loop in just under six hours, starting and ending at the Koomer Ridge Campground. As such we probably did not get the full benefit of the natural beauty of the Red River Gorge area, but enjoyed it immensely never the less. As a winter hike, be very mindful of ice and snow on the trail, especially near the cliff lines (would not recommend venturing off the trail). One of the ascents was iced over and required a little scrambling and team work to climb, so might not be suitable for a solo hiker in the winter. The trail itself is well worn but not well marked...this is definitely not the place to put your faith in the blazes...bring a topo/trail map and compass/GPS and watch the trail junctions which tend to be somewhat ambiguous.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
7.25 hours
Year-round; best spring through fall
1,250 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,290 feet
Top Elevation
Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, Daniel Boone National Forest
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