Powdermill Branch Trail #238

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Powdermill Branch Trail #238 is the only one in the Red River Gorge open to mountain bikes and horses, along with hikers. The trail occurs outside of the Red River Gorge Geological Area but passes through a scenic portion of the Cumberland Ranger District on the Daniel Boone National Forest. 

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Trailhead: Pull-off on Indian Creek Road
Latitude 37.868  Longitude -83.6756

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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: No motorized vehicles
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 and then left again onto KY 11/15. After 1.4 miles, turn right onto KY 77. Follow 77 through Nada Tunnel and across the Red River, turning left onto a gravel road after crossing the river. Follow this gravel road, which will turn back to pavement, for approximately 3 miles before turning right onto gravel Indian Creek Road. Follow this road across the bridge to where the road splits. Take the left fork of the road until you reach a pull-off where the Powdermill Trail begins.


Parking is available at the pull-off where the Powder Mill Trail begins.



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