For the most part this is an easy hike with a couple scrambles. Along the way you get to see the only arch in Red River Gorge with water flowing under it. While hiking close to the creek there are multiple opportunities to get in the water. The kids love this part of the hike. While we have taken children as young as 5 on this hike with us it does require some scrambling and it's recommended that only older kids and adults attempt this.
This trip is offered year round. We won't schedule trips during rain or snow due to a couple scrambles involved.
You will pass by Rock Bridge Arch
The arch is located on a hidden unmarked trail
Easy hike with a couple scrambles
You'll see 2 waterfalls
You can get in the creek in several different places
Style: Backpacking Difficulty: Easy/Moderate Duration: 2 days Distance: 5 miles
Price: First Person $120
Each Additional Person $40 Freebies: Trail Snacks, Campfire Meal, 32oz HikingRRG Water Bottle, Freshly Filtered KY Water & Laughs
The first day we will meet at a predetermined location that we will discuss with you as we customize your trip. We will take it easy the first day as we hike past Creation Falls and Rock Bridge. We like to stop here to hang out and take a dip in the water on warm days. Kids always seem to love this part. Continuing on we will set up camp just before Turtle Back arch in a hidden camping area. There are some great views on top of a nearby ridge for you to take in the sunset. While setting up camp your guides will begin gathering firewood and starting to cook a campfire meal for you. After eating we will sit around the campfire to chit chat prior to turning in for the night.
Day 2 will start fairly early depending on the adventure you choose. No breakfast will be served but we will provide snacks to get us going. This is the fun day as we will get to scramble up around Turtle Back Arch. It is a little tricky especially in the rain, just ask Mike and Sarah about the time they got caught in the rain on this trail without any pack covers. Once over Turtle Back Arch the remaining trail is spent traversing the Red River Gorge woods. The hike will end up on a gravel road with a short walk down it to the trail head.
You'll get not just one but two trail guides that will lead you on an adventure of a lifetime. Also included in this overnight hike you will get a FREE HikingRRG 32oz water bottle along with trail snacks and a campfire meal. Our snacks usually consist of your basic hiking grub.
What's Not Included
To make this simple... anything not listed as included. Capisce? While we do offer trail snacks you may want to bring along some of your own if you would rather have powdered donuts and mountain dew. We won't look down on you as long as you share with the trail guides.
For our overnight adventures we will provide a Mountain House meal or something similar. Depending on the hike and what your group prefers we can offer additional dinner options including hot dogs, noodles, vegan options... etc. When booking your trip feel free to speak to Sarah about any preferences you may have. While we want to give you the biggest bang for your buck keep in mind this is a backpacking trip and not Texas Roadhouse.
Gear We Provide
For overnight trips we can provide limited gear rental if you don't want to bring that 80 pound tent or if you want to try out a hammock instead.
What Gear To bring
Before we go into a huge list keep this in mind... What you bring is what you carry! It's easy to become overloaded and turn a good trip into a miserable one. At a minimum you'll need a comfortable pack, a tent/hammock, sleeping bag and any prescription medicine you might take. You could also bring bug spray, sunscreen, lip balm, hat or sunglasses. Feel free to take a look at our complete backpacking gear list.
What Clothes To Bring
As with any trip this mainly depends on the weather. The trail name might have given it away but if you didn't notice you'll be hiking next to a creek. It's highly recommended to bring a pair of water shoes and a change of clothes. If you plan on wading or swimming you will want to bring an outfit for swimming and maybe a towel. We prefer Sea To Summit Pocket Towels.