Koomer Ridge Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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2022 Recreation Fee Changes

On January 1, 2022 the Daniel Boone National Forest will implement the Forest-wide recreation fee changes. These changes will impact pass costs or fees charged at this recreation site. For more information about these changes, please visit the 2022 Recreation Fee Changes section of the website.

Koomer Ridge Campground, located on Cumberland Ranger District in the Red River Gorge, features semi-primitive camping in a tranquil forest setting. The campground provides access to trails in the Red River Gorge.

Black bear populations are increasing in Kentucky. Help protect yourself and other visitors by storing all food and trash in a hard top vehicle when you leave to enjoy other attractions in the area. Please do not leave food or trash on the picnic tables or in grills.

 The cliffs in the Red River Gorge are beautiful, but they can be dangerous if you step too close to the edge. Each year, someone is seriously injured or killed from falling off a cliff in the Red River Gorge. Please exercise caution and avoid getting near cliff edges.

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Hiking/backpacking trails in the area:
Cliff Trail #206 (.5 mile)
Koomer Ridge Trail #220 (2.75 miles)
Silvermine Arch Trail #225 (1.5 miles)
Hidden Arch Trail #208 (1 mile).

Avenza Digital Maps

A Red River Gorge digital map is available from the Avenza Maps online map store. For the best user experience, use our maps within a GPS-enabled mobile app such as Avenza Maps. To find a map, go to Avenza's Get Maps page and search to locate a map.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Reservations: First come, first serve basis.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees This site is a designated U.S. Fee Area. Visitors pay at site using fee envelope. 50% discount with Interagency Pass. If you are not camping at the campground, a shower fee will be assessed. Water and vault toilets available all year. 2nd Friday in March through 1st Sunday in November:
  • $20-Tent site/non-electric
  • $25-Single/non-electric
  • $30-Double/non-electric
  • $8 extra vehicle per night
2nd Monday in Nov. until 2nd Friday in March the following year:
  • $10/site. Pay at site using fee envelope. Showers and flush toilets not available in winter.
Permit Info: A Special Use Permit is required for commercial activities (for example: fishing tournaments, boat rentals, trail rides, outfitter guides, races, etc). A permit is also required for all noncommercial group uses involving more than 75 people.
Open Season: Open all year
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring or Fall
Busiest Season: Spring or Fall
  • Food and trash storage are mandatory, to reduce odors that attract bears. Unless cooking or eating, store your food and trash inside a hardtop vehicle, the trunk of a car or a bear-resistant container.  (Order DB-02-15)
  • Alcohol use is prohibited on national forest land and Kentucky lakes and waterways. (KRS 222.202)
  • No fires outside of a fire ring provided by the Forest Service or outside of a stove, grill or fireplace. (Order DB-02-15)
  • Campfire must be DEAD OUT before leaving. (36 CFR 261.5) You will be held liable for suppression costs if your campfire starts a wildfire.

The following are prohibited:

  • Failing to dispose of all garbage, including any paper, can, bottle, sewage, waste water or material, or rubbish either by removal from the site or area, or by depositing it into receptacles or at places provided for such purposes. (36 CFR 261.11)
  • Dumping of any refuse, debris, trash or litter brought as such from private property. (36 CFR 261.11)
  • Camping or maintaining a campsite for more than 14 consecutive days without having first terminated occupancy of that campground for a minimum of 10 days within a 31 day time frame. (Order DB-01-15) 
  • Entering or remaining in a designated campground between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. except for persons occupying the campsite. (Order DB-01-15)
  • Failing to remove all camping equipment or personal property when vacating the site. 36 CFR 261.16 (f).
  • Occupying any portion of the site for other than recreation purposes. 36 CFR 261.16 (a).
  • Placing, maintaining, or using camping equipment except in a place specifically designated or provided for such equipment. 36 CFR 261.16 (g).
  • Leaving camping equipment unattended for more than 24 hours without permission. 36 CFR 261.16 (i).
  • Failing to have at least one person occupy a camping area during the first night after camping equipment has been set up. 36 CFR 261.16 (h).
Closest Towns: Stanton and Campton, KY
Water: Potable water is available.
Restroom: Vault/flush (not available during winter); shower (not available during winter)
Passes: You must puchase a pass if camping in the Red River Gorge (outside of Koomer Ridge Campground) between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. 
Operated By: Concessionaire - Thousand Trails
Information Center:
Gladie Visitor Center
3451 Sky Bridge Road
Stanton, KY 40380
For Camping Information:
Thousand Trails
5195 KY 801 S.
Morehead, KY 40351

General Information


Traveling east on the Mountain Parkway, take exit 33 at Slade. Turn left and then right onto KY 15. This campground is 5 miles on the left. 


Site 46 in the tent area is accessible. The bathhouse and toilets are accessible. The parking area at the bathhouse is accessible. 

General Notes:

Sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis with no reservations accepted. 

Check-in instructions are on the bulletin board at the entrance. Campers can stay a maximum of 14 days without special permission. 


Parking is available at the campground for campers staying at the Koomer Ridge Campground. 
Parking for backpackers and hikers is allowed at Koomer Ridge, but only at the trailhead parking lot. 

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Camping trailer 15 sites can accommodate RVs up to 35 feet; no water or electric hookups; no RV dump station.
Picnic tables Picnic tables are available at the campsites and trailheads.
Tent camping 54 sites for camping year-round. Tent site #46 is accessible.
Toilets Accessible vault toilets are available all year. The flush toilets are not available in the winter.
Accessible Accessible bathhouse and toilets are available except in winter. Accessible parking and vault toilets are available year-round.
Drinking water Potable water is available from hydrants all year.