Hiking the Red River Gorge

If you’re looking for something to do in the hills of Kentucky this summer, look no further than the Red River Gorge. You may have heard of Natural Bridge, one of the most popular sights in the Gorge, but there’s so much more than that. The area holds some of the most beautiful greenery, rocks, waterfalls, cliffs and trails you could ever see. Not to mention, it has underground kayaking, guided rock climbing, and camping for the adventure seekers. People from all around the world come to visit and camp in the vast area known as the Gorge and I’m lucky enough to live within 30 minutes of it.

I’ve been going to the Gorge since I was young, but it wasn’t until recently that I actually started exploring all the different trails. Thanks to Tad, my trail guide and exploring partner, we’ve visited a majority of the marked trails and seen some of the most amazing views and rock structures. It’s crazy to think that all of this is hidden beneath (or above) the trees.

I am in no way one of those professional hikers who can hike 30 miles a day with a pack on their back. I just enjoy getting out in the wilderness and being active for a day, and getting to see some pretty cool nature is a plus. It’s not just a place for die-hard hikers, rock climbers, and campers, anyone can go and be amazed.

This past weekend we hit the trails early to get a full day of hiking in. If you’re trying to hike a few trails, you’ll need to start as early as possible because some of the trails can be longer than 2 miles. We wanted to find a couple of places that we had seen online and never been before, Copperas Creek Falls and Double Arch were on our list. Copperas Creek Falls is one of those hidden gems on an unmarked trail, so you can imagine us trying to find this place. I’m pretty sure we hiked the wrong trail for about 3 miles and unfortunately never found the Falls. (if you have any insight please comment below!). After finally making our way back through what looked like a jungle (literally) it was lunch time.

One of the main reasons I love going is because of the good eats. It only has a few places to eat, but Red River Rockhouse and Miguel’s are really all you need. The Rockhouse has the best burgers, burritos, tacos, guac, and sweet potato fries. You MUST try their cookies and carrot cake too, I can never say no. I promise you will not be disappointed. Miguel’s is the more well-known place to eat, known for its all natural ingredient pizza. It’s for sure my favorite pizza ever. Again, you won’t be disappointed.

Our last hike of the day was to Double Arch, which is about a 4 mile hike to the Arch. It’s located at the end of Tunnel Ridge Road in the Auxier Ridge Parking Area. It is a marked trail, so we didn’t get lost on this one. You’ll follow a gravel road for what seems like forever until you actually get to the trail, but once you get to the Arch the long hike is worth it. At the end of the day, I’m sad to leave. I’m seeing a camping trip in the near future!

Some other trails worth noting if you’re looking to go soon: Half Moon (unmarked), Gray’s Arch, Whittleton Arch, Princess Arch, Indian Staircase (unmarked), just to name a few of my favorites.

I’ve linked my outfit deets and some other hiking favorites below 🙂

What’s some of your favorite places to explore? I would love to hear in the comments below!


Tessa B


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