Buck Trail #226

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Buck Trail #226 Map

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.

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

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Buck Trail #226 Trail Guide and Map (pdf)

Red River Gorge Brochure (pdf)

Trail Connections:

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

Fees None
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

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 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 is available at the Koomer Ridge backpackers parking area. 



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