Hike the Creation Falls and Rock Bridge Loop

Creation Falls and Rock Bridge Loop, Campton, Kentucky, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    1.5 Miles

Food Nearby
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall

Scenic 1.5 mile loop with lush vegetation, an arch that spans the creek, a waterfall, and a rock shelter! 

From the Slade, KY exit take KY15 toward Campton to KY715 to Rock Bridge Rd.  Park at the Rock Bridge picnic area and take the trailhead closest to the entrance.

The trailhead will quickly descend surrounding you with lush vegetation.  A rockshelter can be found on the right hand side of the trail a quarter mile into the hike.  Continue down by the creek until you reach Creation Falls.  For a better view, pass over Creation Falls and follow the trail down to the sandy beach area.  

Once you're done playing around the falls continue on the trail a short distance to Rock Bridge Arch. One of the most iconic arches in the Red, Rock Bridge Arch spans the entire creek!  There are plenty of areas around here to stop for a nice picnic, so sit down, relax and enjoy! 

When you're finished marveling at Rock Bridge continue on the trail passing it on the left.  In about a quarter mile you will come to a fork in the trail.  Continue onto trail #207 to return to the picnic area.  

For an extended trip, take Swift Camp Creek Trail (#219) to the right for another mile until you reach Pooch Turtle Falls!  

On your way out don't forget to stop by Sky Bridge Station for some amazing gourmet hotdogs and cold suds! 

Pack List

  • Backpack
  • Water
  • Blanket
  • Picnic food
  • Camera
  • First aid kit
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It is the most fun I’ve had in a while a great excuse to get the kids out of the house. Please don’t hesitate to do this!

3 months ago
3 months ago

I recently visited Kentucky and the Red River Gorge was one major stop on my trip! We spent the next 4 days hiking, and I must say this was one of the best ones! The rock bridge was a beautiful sight and we unexpectedly came across the waterfall along the loop. The trail was clean and easy to follow. This did seem to be a popular spot as there were others looking at the rock bridge, a couple in a hammock and some kids playing in the water down below. I'm not one for overly crowded hikes but this one was beautiful and I hope to hike it again some day!

9 months ago
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