Red River Gorge Camping

At The Natural Bridge Kentucky

There are two different types of Red River Gorge camping. You can either camp in a organised campground or you can take your backback and head for the woods.
Whichever one you choose you are going to be amazed at the beauty of the country you are in, and delighted with the variety of activities you can enjoy.

Actually in the Red River Gorge there is only one organised campground and that is the Koomer Ridge Campground. It has semi-primitive camping in an attractive woodland setting. It is open all the year round but some facilities may be closed during the off-season.
However, during the peak season there is everything here to make your Red River Gorge camping experience a great one. Every Saturday from Memorial Weekend through to Labour Day Weekend there is an entertainment programme.

The campground has 54 sites, 19 of which are suitable for trailers. Unfortunately you can`t book a site, so it is first come, first served. To get to the campground, drive on the Mountain Parkway Route, exit at the Slade KY turning and take KY15 East for 5 miles. Their telephone number is (606)663-2852

There are two other campgrounds very close to the Red River Gorge Area, but both are actually in the Natural Bridge State Park.

The first is "Whittleton Campground" which is in a nice wooded setting but it doesn`t have any electric hook-ups but will take RV`s.

The other is "Middlefork Campground," this site has facilities for RV`s.
Both grounds are to be found just off highway KY11 close to the Natural Bridge State Park.

If you really enjoy either hiking or fishing, then there is an excellent campground only a fifteen minute drive from the other Red River Gorge camping grounds.
It is set in a few hundred acres with a private fishing lake stocked with fish just waiting to bite! If you camp here you will be close to fifteen miles of great Kentucky hiking trails.

The place is called the Lago Linda Hideaway and has 33 gravel pads complete with hook-ups and all the amenities you will need for a wonderful Red River Gorge camping experience.

Another campground, fairly close by, really has a story to tell.
This is John Swift`s Lost Silver Mine Campground This place has great primitive camping sites right on the river. You can learn more about the story of John Swift and his lost silver mine, which is legendary in this part of Kentucky.

As well as organised camping on sites such as these, there is of course real primitive camping.
Grab your backpack and map and you can go camping in most of the backwoods areas of the Red River Gorge. But there are a few rules, mainly for your safety and others -

  • Camping is not permitted in any picnic or parking area.
  • Not permitted within 300 feet of any road or developed trail.
  • Not permitted within 600 feet of Gray`s Arch.
  • Not permitted within any area posted with the sign "No Camping."
  • Not permitted within 100 feet of a cliff base or back of a rockshelter.
  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove within 100 feet of a cliff base or back of a rockshelter is prohibited in the Red River Gorge.
  • If you enjoy solitude while you are camping and hiking in Kentucky backwoods, then I suggest you stay away from the more popular scenic sites in the area. Don`t camp on the ridge tops which tend to be where everyone heads for.
    The further off the trails you get the more chance you will have to enjoy the peace and quiet of The Daniel Boone National Forest and Natural Bridge Kentucky.

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