Auxier Branch Trail #203

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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Auxier Branch Trail #203 connects Double Arch Trail #201 and Courthouse Rock Trail #202. The trail leaves Double Arch and extends through a wooded canyon to the base of Courthouse Rock. From spring to fall, wildflowers and ferns line the trail among tall poplars and beech trees. Towering cliffs provide an added attraction along the trail.

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This trail is located in the Red River Gorge on Cumberland Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Trailhead: This trail is accessed by hiking along Double Arch Trail or Courthouse Rock Trail.

Auxier Branch Trail #203 Guide and Map (pdf)

View the Red River Gorge Brochure.

Trail Connections:

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At a Glance

Fees No fee for trail use.
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
Restrictions: This trail is developed for hiking only. 
Closest Towns: Slade
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center:
Gladie Visitor Center
3451 Sky Bridge Road
Stanton, KY 40380
859-488-1413 (2020 season)

General Information


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


Traveling east on the Mountain Parkway, take exit 33 at Slade. Turn left to KY 15. Turn right on 15 and 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. Hike either the Double Arch Trail or the Courthouse Rock Trail to the junction with Auxier Branch Trail.


Parking is available at the Auxier Ridge Trailhead parking area. 



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