This is a post to recap our weekend trip to Red River Gorge in Slade, KY.
We decided to travel to RRG for a group camping trip. We decided to stay at Koomer Ridge Campgrounds, located off of highway 15 in Campton, KY
Koomer Ridge is a great campground featuring multiple single and double sites. There aren’t electricity hookups, but there is a shower-house which has showers (duh), toilets and sinks. Here’s a great link to all of the Koomer Ridge Campground information! And yes, they are dog friendly!
It’s especially helpful if your husband has a Bear Grylls knife which contains a flint. After a few good strikes, Daniel got the fire roaring!
We had a gourmet campfire dinner (thank you Harrison’s for bringing a can opener!) We had delicious black beans, Fire Roasted “Salsa Style” Tomatoes, cheese and yummy cabbage slaw.
It was THE PERFECT TEMPERATURE to camp outside. In our rush to get ready to get to the Gorge, we forgot several important things, feel free to use this 2-item list as a MUST PACK list for any camping trip:
- Bring a sleeping bag. Or use your husbands and hope that your friends brought extra blankets (Thank you Penningtons!)
- Bring a thick blanket or thin inflatable camping pad- otherwise, you WILL have gravel imprints in your hip.
Gray’s Arch Trail #204
Distance 1-1/4 mi (one way)
Rating: Easy in…Strenuous out
Gray’s Arch is a must see. It is a huge buttress arch. The hike in is mostly ridgetop walking on a well worn path. The descent to the arch includes several wooden steps (hence the difficulty coming out). Once you reach the last step instead of taking Rough Trail # 221 to the left, follow the path that goes straight. It will lead you to the arch. Read the note at the bottom of the arch about the poor fellow who fell to his death there.
(Didn’t know about that death part). Humans and dogs alike had a wonderful time hiking along the trail. After a few flights of stairs leading us down into the gorge, we looked up and BAM, there was the beautiful arch.
After we had a snack, we snapped some couple’s photos:
Head on over to the Harrison’s blog for a special post!
Anyways, after a long hike, we downed our lunch (and multiple bottles of water), and headed out to the Sheltowee Trace trailhead for some swimming! If you haven’t ever been swimming at the Gorge, you should absolutely go. I found this article which gives great descriptions and directions to two of the Gorges’ hottest swimming holes.
I didn’t take any photos of the swimming, we were hot, tired, and the dogs were COVERED in sand. It was awesome. We drove home later that day and absolutely passed out. We had a wonderful time spending the weekend with friends, and we WILL be trekking out to the Gorge again soon! We plan on climbing soon too! And of course, a few more photos from the weekend adventures!