Buck Trail #226

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Buck Trail #226 connects Koomer Ridge Trail #220 with the Pinch-em-tight section of the Sheltowee Trace. The trail leads from one ridge to the other, across the right fork of Chimney Top Creek. Koomer Ridge Trail begins in the walk-in section of Koomer Ridge Campground.

Use caution when hiking near cliffs. The clifflines in the Red River Gorge are beautiful, but they are also dangerous. A fall from a cliff can be dangerous or cause serious injury.

Trail Connections:

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open
Fees No fee for trail use.
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
Restrictions: This trail is developed for hiking only. 
  • Alcohol use prohibited: Consumption of alcohol is prohibited on national forest land and Kentucky lakes and waterways. KRS 222.202; (Order DB-02-15)
  • Parking is restricted to paved pull-offs marked with large "P" signs, along KY 715 and KY 77. (Order DB-02-15)
  • No camping in rock shelters. Camping and campfires are prohibited within 100 feet from the base of any cliff or rock shelter. (Order DB-02-15)
  • Graffiti is prohibited. Do not chisel, carve or spray paint. Damaging, altering or defacing any archaeological resource or natural feature is prohibited under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 and 36 CFR 296.4 and 261.9.
  • Food Storage Restrictions are in effect to reduce odors that attract bears. In the backcountry, hang food and garbage at least 10 feet off the ground and 4 feet away from any tree or post used for suspension. (Order DB-02-15)
  • Campfire must be DEAD OUT before leaving. You will be held liable for suppression costs if your campfire starts a wildfire.
  • No camping within 300 feet of any developed road, trail or Tunnel Ridge Road and its associated parking lots; no camping within 600 feet of Grays Arch. (Order 12-02-15)
  • No climbing or rappelling within 300 feet of Sky Bridge, Grays Arch, Nada Tunnel, or Chimney Top Rock overlooks. (Order 12-03-15)
  • Prohibited: Possessing or operating a motor vehicle on roads, trails and areas not designated for that purpose on Motorized Vehicle Use Maps. 36 CFR 261.13.
  • Shortcutting a switchback on trails is prohibited. (Order DB-08-15)
Closest Towns: Slade, KY
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. $3/day; $5/3 days; $30/annual pass.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center:
Gladie Visitor Center
3451 Sky Bridge Road
Stanton, KY 40380
606-663-8100
859-488-1413

General Information

Accessibility:

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


Directions:

Traveling east on the Mountain Parkway, take exit 33 at Slade. Turn left and then right on KY 15. Travel east 4.9 miles to the Koomer Ridge Campground on the left. Take the left fork in the campground and park in the backpackers parking lot 634B on the left. Hike the Koomer Ridge Trail to its junction with Buck Trail.


Parking:

Parking is available at the Koomer Ridge backpackers parking area. 


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