Swift Camp Creek Trail #219

 4 votes

6.7 Miles 10.8 Kilometers

 

92% 

Runnable

Singletrack

952' 290 m

Ascent

-758' -231 m

Descent

1,226' 374 m

High

873' 266 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

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The epitome of wilderness running in Kentucky through the Swift Camp Creek Gorge.

Chris Chaney

Overview

This is a wilderness area so wilderness regulations apply.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Swimming — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife

Runner Notes

Once you get into the gorge area there are no easy ways out besides the trail you're on. Be self-sufficient, make sure someone knows where you're going, and be careful!

Some sections are rooty and rocky. There are some sections of trail on the top edge of cliffs over the stream.

Description

Beginning on the south end at Rock Bridge Trailhead the trail takes off with a descent on a roughly paved tourist trail. At the bottom of the descent, Swift Camp Creek Trail cuts hard left and enters into a long and winding gorge over Swift Camp Creek.

Miles later the trail climbs out of the gorge to gain Sky Bridge Ridge and KY 715. There is only one other trail access along the way at Wildcat Trail.

Stunning scenery and true remoteness make for a memorable experience.

You can do this an out-and-back, a shuttled run, or a loop by incorporating the paved KY 715 and gravel Rock Bridge Road. It can also be combined with Rough Trail for an east-west traverse of the Red River Gorge.

Flora & Fauna

Heavy undergrowth, rhododendron, snakes, and wildflowers galore!

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