Koomer Ridge Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Restrooms and shower open.

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.

Make this page look nicer by submitting photos of your visit to this campground. Learn more...

View Koomer Ridge guide & map.

The campground amphitheater opens Memorial Day weekend and features a program each Saturday through Labor Day. The programs usually begin at dusk. Check the campground bulletin board or contact the Gladie Visitor Center for more information.

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).

Red River Gorge 36x36 Map36x36 inch map (pdf; 7 MB) of the Red River Gorge. Includes trails, roads, streams, recreation areas, Clifty Wilderness and other boundaries. You can get this map printed full size by contacting a print vendor with a large format plotter. In some versions of Acrobat, you can print out sections on your home printer. Better yet, download the file for a digital reference.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Restrooms and showers open.
Operational Hours: March 16 - Nov. 6   $20 tent site/$25 single site/$30 double site
Nov. 5 - March 15   $10 per site
Reservations: First come, first serve basis. Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees This site is a designated U.S. Fee Area. Visitors pay onsite. Recreation Schedule and Fee. 50% discount with Interagency Pass. If you are not camping at the campground, a shower fee will be assessed.
Open Season: Open all year
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring or Fall
Busiest Season: Spring or Fall
Restrictions: Food storage restrictions in the Red River Gorge
Food storage restrictions to avoid attracting bears
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. 

Recreation Schedule and Fees
Where to Purchase a Permit
Operated By: Concessionaire - Thousand Trails
Information Center: Gladie Visitor Center
3451 Sky Bridge Road
Stanton, KY 40380
859-488-1413 (2020 season)

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. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

Hide detail HIDE

Campground Camping

The Koomer Ridge Campground features semi-primitive camping in a tranquil forest setting.

Fire InformationCampfires are permitted in fire rings only. Make sure fires are out before retiring at night or when leaving your campsite.
No. of Sites54 suitable for tents, 19 for Trailers
Reservation InfoSites are not reservable.
Sleeping ShelterNone

RV Camping

Outdoor Learning

Show detail SHOW


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