Big Branch Canoe Launch

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Big Branch Canoe Launch on the Upper Red River is located in the Red River Gorge on Cumberland Ranger District.

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At a Glance

Fees None
Open Season: Open all year
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


From the Mountain Parkway, take exit 43 and follow KY 15 south to KY 191. Follow 191 through Campton to reach KY 746. Turn right and follow 746 north past the bridge over the Red River to KY 3357 (Sandfield Road) on the right. Look for a signed right turn onto a gravel road for the Big Branch river access. Do not use the KY 746 bridge for river access, since this area is private property.


Parking is available at the canoe launch.

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Boating - Non-Motorized