Chimney Top Trail #235

Area Status: Open

Chimney Top TrailThis scenic overlook towers 400 feet above the Red River. As you look out over the ridges and valleys of the gorge, it’s easy to mistake them for mountains. These cliffs were created not by uplift, but by the slow and steady carving of the Red River. The Red River Gorge is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains on an area called the Cumberland Plateau. A plateau is a flat, elevated landform that rises sharply above the surrounding area. The Cumberland Plateau was formed when, over millions of years, vast amounts of sand and sediment were deposited here by ancient rivers flowing from the Appalachian Mountains. Over time, this sand and sediment were formed into stone. As the Red River and its tributaries carved into the thick layer of sandstone, valleys deepened and soaring cliffs were formed. Chimney Top Trail #235 is located in the Red River Gorge on Cumberland District in the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Chimney Top Trail #235 passes through pine-hardwood forest to a breathtaking overlook on Chimney Top Rock. The Red River flows in the gorge below the overlook. Half Moon Rock is nearby to the left. 

Chimney Top Trail Guide and Map (pdf)

Trailhead: Chimney Top Overlook and Trailhead

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 7 miles to KY 715 on the left. Turn left onto 715 and continue 2.1 miles to Chimney Top Road on the left. Follow Chimney Top Road 4.5 miles to its terminus.

From exit 40, head west on KY 15 and turn right on KY 715. Continue 2.1 miles to Chimney Top Road on the left. Follow Chimney Top Road 4.5 miles to its terminus.


Parking is available at the trailhead parking area. 

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