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."