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Tunnel Ridge Road

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

On Friday, May 25, Tunnel Ridge Road in the Red River Gorge will reopen to public travel. The road is completely reconstructed. The base of the road was hardened to accommodate heavy traffic and prevent rutting; the road surface has new gravel; and the ditch lines are improved for better water drainage. To help maintain the road in its newly improved condition, visitors are required to park in designated areas only. Parking cannot block traffic or emergency vehicle access.

Remember to purchase your overnight camping pass at the Gladie Visitor Center or at several businesses in the local area.

Select a campsite at least 300 feet away from the parking lot and road. Please do not camp or build fires in rock shelters or within 100 feet of the base of cliffs.

Many rock shelters contain rare species and sensitive resources. The white-haired goldenrod grows nowhere else in the world except the Red River Gorge. Some rock shelters are home to endangered bat species. Archaeologists have also found cultivated seeds in rock shelters from thousands of years ago that give clues to the early origins of agriculture in this area. These resources can be damaged by camping and firebuilding. 

Parking Areas:
Pinch'em Tight  Latitude: 37.80529033 Longitude: -83.65508786
Archaic  Latitude: 37.80566205 Longitude: -83.65791142
Fort Ancient  Latitude: 37.80522428 Longitude: -83.66126157
Sandstone  Latitude: 37.80524832 Longitude: -83.66578102
Paleo  Latitude: 37.80514244 Longitude: -83.66919143
Tarr Kiln  Latitude: 37.80826673 Longitude: -83.67432042
Woodland  Latitude: Longitude:
Pioneer  Latitude: 37.8097379 Longitude: -83.68276407
Auxier Latitude: 37.81987565 Longitude: -83.68086648

At a Glance

Fees None
Permit Info: You must purchase a permit if you will be camping in the Red River Gorge (outside of  Koomer Ridge Campground) between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. 
Open Season: Open All Year
Closest Towns: Slade
Restroom: Restroooms are available at the trailheads.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Gladie Visitor Center
3451 Sky Bridge Road
Stanton, KY 40380  

General Information


From the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway, Take exit 33 (Slade). Follow Hwy 11 north 0.1 miles to Hwy 15. Turn right on Jwu 15 amd travel east  approximately 3.25 miles. Turn left onto Tunnel Ridge Road. The parking lots are along Tunnel Ridge Road. 


Parking is available at any of the trailheads along Tunnel Ridge Road. 


The pathways to the dispersed camping areas are not accessible. 


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