Winding Stair Gap #402

Area Status: Open

Winding Stair Gap Trail #402 is located near Bee Rock Campground on London Ranger District. This trail connects to Rockcastle Narrow East Trail #401. Most of the trail runs through second growth forest. It passes near the site of the old Warner Hotel, which was built in the 1800s and stood until the early 1900s. All that remains is an old well and the building's foundation. Note: Forest Service Road 119 is usually gated. Check with the London Ranger District for current information. 

Bee Rock Overlook presents a beautiful view of the dramatic rocks and cliffs along the Rockcastle River. Bee Rock Campground features camping units on both sides of the Rockcastle River. The Laurel County side is open all year. The Pulaski County side of the campground is open from mid April to mid October; call the London District office for exact dates.

Trail Connections: Rockcastle Narrrows East Trail #401

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At a Glance

Open Season: Open All Year
Restrictions: Rules and Regulations
Closest Towns: London, KY
Information Center:   The London District Office has temporarily relocated to the US Forest Service/US Army Corps of Engineers Resource Managers Office on KY 1193 between Holly Bay Marina and Laurel River Lake Spillway and Beach (view map). Call 859-428-7706 before visiting.

General Information


Take KY 192 west from London (exit 38) and go 6 miles. Turn right (north) on Forest Road 56 (sign to Cane Creek WMA) and go 4.7 miles. Turn left (west) on Forest Road 119. Forest Road 119 is gated.


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

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

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1.25 miles

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