Red River Gorge


Tunnel Ridge Road Area

Grays Arch 

Grays Arch is my favorite arch in the Red River Gorge Area. It's 50' tall and 80' long buttress arch. Grays Arch popularity is evident. The area has had an overpopulation problem for many years and I suggest you stick to the marked trials so that the forest can reclaim some of the area. About 1.5 miles down Tunnel Ridge Road is Grays Arch parking area. Toilets and picnic area are available, but no water. Trail Head 205 to Grays Arch. (Right-backside of Grays Arch)

0.0 Grays Arch Trail Head 205

1.0 Rough Trail 227, turn Right

1.1 Open field

1.3 Trail fork go left over the ridge crest

Grays arch area1.4 Trail descends left in to hollow

1.5 Grays arch is visible to the right, continue

1.6 Trail proceeds to right of Arch, small rock house

1.7 Descend three sets of steps to bottom of ravine.

1.8 Grays Arch 205 & Rough Trail 227 junction, turn right on 205

1.9 Rock house, wooden bridge across sometimes wet stream

2.0 Grays Arch

Auxier Ridge/Courthouse Rock

Auxier is a beautiful ridge top hike that has many excellent overlooks. Ravens Rock, Double Arch, Haystack Rock and Courthouse Rock. are some ot the geological features that can be seen from this 1.8 mile trail. The trail begins at Courthouse Rock parking area. Toilets and picnic area are available, but no water. The trail takes about 1-1.5 hours to hike one way.

0.0 Courthouse Rock parking Area, Trail Head 204 Auxier Ridge.

0.1 Fork in trail, go left. Drops down into rhododendron patch.

0.2 Logging road, follow to right.

0.4 Clearing, leave logging road and continue on straight ahead.

0.8 Courthouse Rock Trail 202 & Auxier Ridge Trail 204 junction, turn right.

1.1 Overlook of Tunnel Ridge Road

1.2 Overlook of Double Arch to left, Ravens Rock to right

1.3 Haystack Rock

1.5 Narrowest part of trail, beautiful views left and right.

1.7 View of Courthouse rock

1.8 Courthouse Rock, Courthouse Trail 202 to left leads to stairs that decent to bottom of Courthouse Rock. Climbing Courthouse Rock is not suggested, but is possible with great difficulty. BE CAREFUL.

 Tunnel Ridge CampDouble Arch

Double Arch is a 1 mile easy hike to an unusual twin arch, one large 30' long by 12' high arch, with another smaller 25' long by 2' high arch on top. There is a junction with Courthouse Rock Trail 202 that leads to the bottom of Courthouse Rock. Toilets available, but no water. Trail begins at end of Tunnel Ridge Road.

0.0 Double Arch Trail Head 201, trail descends down and to the left, wooden steps through long narrow crack. Tunnel Ridge above on left.

0.1 Auxier Branch Trial to right, continue straight

0.9 Trail rounds Tunnel Ridge, large bolder to left. 100 yards to wooden steps that decent to the bottom of the arches.

1.0 Double Arch, steps to right lead to top of arch. Nice view of Courthouse Rock and Auxier Ridge.

Last Modified 1/18/13

Tunnel Ridge Road CampsiteKentucky Contacts

Red River Gorge
Stanton Ranger District
705 W. College Ave.
Stanton, KY 40380
(606) 663-2852

Getting There

The Red River Gorge is located in Kentucky inside the Daniel Boone National Forest. To get there, take the Mountain Parkway to the Slade, KY exit. At the bottom of the exit ramp turn left to proceed to Red River Gorge. Turning right at the bottom of the exit ramp takes you to the Natural Bridge Information Center. (Right-Camping at Tunnel Ridge Road.)

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