Auxier Ridge Trail #204

Area Status: Open

Double Arch View from AuxierAuxier Ridge Trail #204 follows a high, narrow ridge 2.1 miles to its end where you can view popular Red River Gorge geologic formations like Double Arch, Haystack Rock, Courthouse Rock, and Raven Rock. Sheer cliffs extend on both sides of the ridge. This trail is located in the Red River Gorge on Cumberland District of the Daniel Boone National Forest.


  • Auxier Ridge Trail #204 is part of the Auxier Ridge Trail system which includes Courthouse Rock Trail #202,  Auxier Branch Trail #203, and Double Arch Trail #201
  • After completing Auxier Ridge Trail #204, you can backtrack or take the moderately difficult 2.25-mile Courthouse Rock Trail #202 to return to the parking lot. ‚ÄčThis loop will take you down below the ridgeline along an old logging road to a large rock formation resembling a courthouse.The area is scenic and rich with diverse native flora.
  • Alternatively, you can follow the popular 5-mile (8 km) loop that combines Auxier Ridge Trail #204 with Auxier Branch Trail #203 back to the parking lot. This loop has ridgetop views combined with a descent to Auxier Branch where wildflowers and ferns line the trail among tall poplars and beech trees. Add some breathtaking views by following the 0.5-mile spur Double Arch Trail #201 out to Double Arch.

Nature Viewing

  • Enjoy beautiful scenic views of the Red River Gorge, Courthouse Rock, Double Arch, wildflowers, beech trees, and much more.
  • The trail system includes four trails with scenic ridge top views, a natural arch, unique geologic features and tranquil creek bottoms.

Dispersed Camping

  • We recommend making your camp elsewhere in the Red River Gorge as the ridge top along Auxier Ridge Trail is too narrow to get the required 300 feet away from the trail. 

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At a Glance

Passes: No fee for trail use. All vehicles on KY 15 or in the Red River Gorge and Indian Creek area north of KY 15 must display a recreation permit for backcountry camping between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. $5/day; $7/3 days; $50/annual pass. Recreation Passes and Permits‚Äč
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General Information



Traveling east on the Mountain Parkway, take exit 33 at Slade. Turn left and then right onto KY 15. Travel east 3.2 miles to Tunnel Ridge Road on the left. Follow Tunnel Ridge Road about 3 miles to its terminus at the Auxier Ridge parking area.


Parking is available at the Auxier Ridge Parking area on Tunnel Ridge Road. 

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