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Raven Rock Road

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (6)

A borderline novelty climb with some history.


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Map Key

2.0

Miles

3.1

KM

88%

Runnable

1,224' 373 m

High

672' 205 m

Low

566' 173 m

Up

106' 32 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

44%

Max Grade (24°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

There is a pay parking lot off KY 77. Please respect private property in the area and pay or park at the steel bridge on Red River nearby and run along the road to pick up the trail.

Runner Notes

This trail follows an old road. The initial part is on dirt, then there is a section that was once paved, and at the top the route follows the top of the cliff. Don't lean on the railing!

Description

Take a run into history with this hill climb challenge to gain the summit of one of the iconic but obscure rocks in the Red.

Enterprising land owners in the previous century built a road to the summit with intentions of developing a resort site on top. It never panned out, but the old road is still there laying under a few decades of fallen branches and leaves.

The top of Raven is a truly spectacular place and deserves to be visited more often.

Flora & Fauna

Red River Gorge area, all wildlife applies including copperheads and rattlesnakes. While the rock is named "Raven" the actual birds that inspired the name were turkey vultures.

Contacts

Shared By:

Chris Chaney

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  4.3 from 6 votes

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This is all that remains of the old spring pumphouse on Raven Rock Road.
Apr 13, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY
Along Raven Rock Road, you can sneak views of the Red River through the remains of the old fencing.
Apr 13, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY
You could once drive a passenger car up this road!
Jul 6, 2015 near Frenchburg, KY
The remains of the old roadbed are still there today.
Apr 13, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY
SPOILER: View from the summit
Jul 6, 2015 near Frenchburg, KY
Spring on top of Raven's Rock
Apr 14, 2018 near Frenchburg, KY

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