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blueBlack Swift Camp Creek Trail #219

Trail

6.7 mile 10.8 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 952' 290 m
Descent: -758' -231 m
High: 1,226' 374 m
Low: 873' 266 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)

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Trail shared by Chris Chaney

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

Chris Chaney

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

This is a wilderness area so wilderness regulations apply.

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 hike, 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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Jun 29, 2018
Bill Pelfrey
Nov 3, 2017
Connie Head
Hiked out this morning in the rain after spending the night of Swift Creek Camp Trail. Colors are beautiful!
Oct 6, 2017
Brian Murphy
Aug 19, 2017
David Snyder
Tough trail narrow and muddy
May 27, 2017
Danny Turner
Sep 30, 2016
Jonathan Weber
Nice views! Some trail deterioration and fallen trees. Great hike! 4.5mi

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