Trail Run Project Logo

Jailhouse Ridge

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

1.0 mile 1.6 kilometer point to point
86% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 292' 89 m
Descent: -122' -37 m
High: 1,327' 405 m
Low: 1,122' 342 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

Dogs

Off-leash
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Chris Chaney

This is an obscure but amazing ridge trail with views of Tunnel Ridge Road and the of Red River.

Chris Chaney

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

There is some scrambling along the ridge and the overlook at the end is surrounded by high cliffs.

Description

A few dozen yards past the split for Star Gap Ridge, there is another old road on the left side of Tunnel Ridge Road North. Before the road was closed to vehicular traffic this was where the "View of Star Gap Arch" was located, though the view corridor has grown up in recent years you can still catch a glimpse of the ridgetop arch if you are determined.

Turn off of Tunnel Ridge Road North and follow the obvious trail along the top of the ridge. Take care in negotiating the rocky saddle and then enjoy easier running out the ridge, bearing right on the rounded knob for an open and exposed overlook.

The inspiring overlook is a rock climbing area known as Jailhouse Rock due to its proximity to Courthouse Rock across the valley.

Return via the same route. This trail can be combined with a loop of Auxier Ridge Trail #204, Auxier Branch Trail #203, Tunnel Ridge Road North, and a shot out the Star Gap Ridge for a nice long day of running.

Run this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Need to Know, Flora & Fauna

Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow runners know what's here.

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 6 votes

#4806

Overall
  4.7 from 6 votes
5 Star
67%
4 Star
33%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#44

in Kentucky

#4,806

Overall
34 Views Last Month
1,235 Since Jul 14, 2015
Easy/Intermediate

20%
40%
40%
0%
0%
0%

Photos

Courthouse Rock from Jailhouse Rock
Jul 14, 2015 near Stanton, KY
Sunset Off Jailhouse Ridge
Nov 6, 2017 near Stanton, KY
Jailhouse Rock from the ridge to the south
Jul 14, 2015 near Stanton, KY

0 Comments

Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running