Koomer Ridge

Slade, Kentucky 40376

Koomer Ridge

Koomer Ridge Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This walk along forested ridges in the Red River Gorge takes you to a small rock arch and a scenic stream. Logging, aided by the construction of rail lines, came to this remote gorge with a vengeance in the late 1800s, and by the 1920s much of the area had been stripped bare. The effects are apparent today in the relatively small size of the trees, especially up on the accessible ridges. Indeed, in some sections lumbering continued into the 1960s—before the gorge got special protection as a geological area. But humanity’s past excesses are not able to dull the beauty of the stark cliffs, intriguing rock arches, and lush ravines—or coves, as they are called here—that cover the area.

This hike along ridgetops and a creek bank, using several different trails, is a good sampler of what the Red River Gorge has to offer. One highlight is the stretch along Chimney Top Creek, a lively stream lined with delightful wading pools. Like most trails in the gorge, these are blazed with a white diamond. Because of trail changes over the years and a tradition of rounding up fractional mileage, distances on trail signs in the gorge are often inaccurate. Those you see on this hike are no exception."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Day & Overnight Hikes along Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace National Scenic Trail (Menasha Ridge Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"This is actually a double loop hike, with a mini-loop at the beginning that leads to Hidden Arch. Leave high-quality Koomer Ridge Campground and head north along Koomer Ridge, taking the Hidden Arch Trail to rejoin Koomer Ridge. From here, descend into the lush Right Fork Chimney Top Creek Valley before joining the Sheltowee Trace. The Trace leads into the lower Right Fork Valley and an attractive streamside picnic flat before making a tough climb back atop Koomer Ridge, where you return to the campground on a level track. The Koomer Ridge Trail leaves from near the campground-host building and shortly splits left as a single-track path. At 0.1 mile, the Silver Mine Arch Trail leaves right––stay left and cross the road into the walk-in tent-camping area. Pass between the campsites and meet the Hidden Arch Trail at 0.3 miles. Turn left here and reach an overlook at 0.7 miles. Here, you can peer into the Right Fork Valley below. Drop to a cliff line beyond the overlook on steps and come to Hidden Arch, a small, sandstone, buttress-type arch along the lower edge of a cliff line. Cruise along a wildly eroded cliff line, admiring all the interesting rock scenery. Outstanding Features: Hidden Arch, view, and Chimney Top Creek"
Hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge (Menasha Ridge Press)
Sean Patrick Hill
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"To the north of the Koomer Ridge Campground lies some of the most amazing terrain in the Red River Gorge area. Around Koomer Ridge, a double loop surveys the best of the region. You will enjoy Hidden Arch, rock shelters, and a deep woodsy walk along several forks of Chimney Top Creek."

Koomer Ridge Trip Reports

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Pretty scenery, rather strenous climbs with Buck Creek Trail and the last of Rough Trail but doable. Overall, a good hike but if you are looking for solitude.....crowded, very crowded.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
5 hours
Gladie Visitor Center, Cumberland Ranger District, Daniel Boone National Forest, (606) 663-8100
Local Contacts
USGS Slade; USDAFS Red River Gorge
Local Maps

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