Rush Ridge Trail #227

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

Rush Ridge Trail #227 Map

This location is temporarily shut down to protect the health and safety of visitors and our staff. This site is tentatively reopening on May 22, 2020. Please check back to be sure there are no changes.

Rush Ridge Trail #227 is a connector trail that passes along a wooded ridge with several scenic overlooks into the gorge. The trail connects the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail #100 (Pinch-em-tight) with Rough Trail #221.

This trail is located in the Red River Gorge on Cumberland Ranger District.

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Rush Ridge Trail #227 Guide and Map (pdf)

Trailhead: Pinch-em-tight trailhead parking area
Latitude 37.80529033  Longitude -83.65508786

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

Current Conditions: This location is temporarily shut down. This site is tentatively reopening on May 22, 2020.
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. 
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.


From Slade, travel east on KY 15 for 3.2 miles to Tunnel Ridge Road on the left. Follow Tunnel Ridge Road 0.7-mile to the Pinch-em-tight parking area on the left. Hike the Pinch-em-tight Trail to its junction with Rush Ridge Trail #227.


Parking is available at the Pinch-em-tight parking area. 



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