Osborne Bend Trail #240

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Osborned Bend Trailhead parking area

Osborne Bend is a loop trail that passes through the Clifty Wilderness. Two trailheads with parking occur off of KY 715. Completing this trail as a loop requires a 2-mile hike along the highway. The trail is located in the Red River Gorge on Cumberland Ranger District.

Osborne Bend Trail #240 Guide and Map (pdf)

Trail Connections: Lost Branch Trail #239 (1.75 miles)

Trailheads: Osborne Bend Trailhead (Parking area adjacent to Cooperas Creek Canoe Launch)
Roadside pull off on KY 715

Osborne Bend Trail #240, Lost Branch Trail #239 Map

At a Glance

Fees None
Permit Info: You must purchase a permit if camping in the Red River Gorge (outside Koomer Ridge campground) between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Open Season: Open all year
Usage: Light
Restrictions: This trail is developed for hiking only.
Closest Towns: Stanton
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Gladie Visitor Center
3451 Sky Bridge Road
Stanton, KY 40380

General Information


This trail does not meet accessibility standards for persons with disabilities. 


Osborne Bend Trailhead (larger parking area) - Take KY 77 through Nada Tunnel. Continue on 77 to KY 715. Follow 715 approximately 7 miles to the parking area, just before the one-lane bridge that crosses the Red River.

Roadside pull-off: Off of KY 715, this trailhead is about 4.5 miles from the junction of KY 77 and 715. An unmarked pull-off for parking is available on the right side of the road. The trail is on the left. A small wooden sign marks the start of the trail. 


Parking is available at the Osborne Bend Loop Trailhead and a small roadside pulloff.  



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