Hiking the Chimney Top Trail In Red River Gorge
The Chimney Top Trail (#235) is located in the Red River Gorge in the Cumberland District of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky.
The parking lot for the trailhead can be found at the end of Chimney Top Rock Road (37.82487, -83.6182).
This is a 0.75 mile out and back hike with about 90 feet of elevation gain and it’s pet friendly. It also happens to be one of the most popular hikes in the area.
A lot of the trail is paved, but it is broken up in many spots.
From the parking lot follow the trail through a pine-hardwood forest to the breathtaking overlook on Chimney Top Rock.
Once you reach the end of this scenic overlook you can see the Red River flowing below you in the gorge. There are also absolutely amazing views all around you.
Half Moon Rock can be seen to the left and when we visited some crazy/brave/adventurous individuals had actually tent camped on the Half Moon overnight.
I would never be that brave, but they had an epic camping spot which will provide bragging rights for years.
Chimney Top Rock is surrounded by drop-offs so be careful while admiring the views. Don’t get to close to the edge and don’t climb over the railing.
On your trek to the end there are numerous tiny spur trails on both sides leading to the cliff edge providing varying views of the area.
Watch your footing and stay back from the edge. No selfie is worth your life.
Once you have finished admiring those stunning views turn around and return to your vehicle.
Chimney Top Rock Road is a long dirt road, but it’s worth the drive to check out Chimney Top.
The trail for Princess Arch starts in the same parking lot, so that’s two hikes once you reach the end.
This is a great trail for the family and with those panoramic views it’s no wonder it’s a favorite in the area.