Backpacking Red River Gorge – Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Red River Gorge is a part of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky. It is designated a geological area as it is well known for it’s natural rock arches the most famous of these being Grays Arch.

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Trails used –
Day 1: 14 miles
Sheltowee Trace 100
Rough Trail 221
Pinch-Em Tight 223
Gray’s Arch Trail 205
Rough Trail 221
Rush Ridge Trail 227 down and back
Rough Trail 221
Camp : Camp Area 2 on the way to Hanson’s Point

Day 2: 10 miles
Rough Trail 221
Pinch-Em Tight 223
Buck Trail 226
Koomer Ridge Trail 220
Silvermine Arch Trail 225
Hidden Arch Trail 208
Koomer Ridge Trail 220
Rough Trail 221
Sheltowee Trace 100

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50 Comments

  1. Tom Fehrenbach on September 16, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I went to greys arch in July and spent a few hours there hiking the the arch. I have never been there it is awesome. I will camp overnight there sometime

  2. Heather Estes on September 16, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I think the pole by the picnic table is to hang your lantern. ??? Definitely not a bear hook.

  3. Luke Yznaga on September 16, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    half the video I have to see him and his face and him walking. No, I want to see the forest and see what he sees.

  4. Jeff Breece on September 16, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Bought one of your coffee mugs. I hope it helps you even just a little bit along your AT goals. Good luck man.

  5. Lacy Jinks on September 16, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    I got turned around at Hansons Point as well. So many paths up there. Such a great place.

  6. lifeisgood070 on September 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    oooo OR. How do you like that jacket?
    This is like watching Syntax77 all over again

  7. Heather Estes on September 16, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    You didn’t see Natural Bridge! You MUST come back and see it! You can walk on top of it and the views are amazing!

  8. Taylor Seehorn on September 16, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Just found your channel and am really enjoying it. Headed to the gorge in a few weeks myself. Great video and keep them coming.

  9. plejaren giants on September 16, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    There’s a healthy population of Bigfoot down there. The NPCA, park rangers and other local law enforcement are all sworn to secrecy about all of the Bigfoot attacks and incursions that occur in the park areas. They won’t worn you about high Bigfoot population areas but sometimes portions of the parks will be closed off or prohibited areas will be posted to keep people from getting killed down there at night.

  10. Backpacking Wilderness Adventures on September 16, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    really enjoyed your video! Great job! I hit the sheltowee trace Trail just to the west of London KY, did a short video at YouTube.com/sixstring417 if you had any interest, keep up the great work I’m a new subscriber thanks Carl

  11. Alan Denniston on September 16, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Whippoorwills are not heard by most people, they are amazing but see how they can be annoying while trying to sleep. Great video, thanks for sharing.

  12. humbcker on September 16, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    You werent lost – you were just "bewildered" , good job thinking it out, great vid

  13. James Taulbee on September 16, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    they are for coleman lanterns

  14. Henry Bronxx_bomber on September 16, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Love your work…thanks for putting ego aside needed to see the possible elements and the way you handled the issue. I am a recent subscriber and just put a pack together thanks to you. Looking forward to my very first overnight hike. Keep up the great work!!!

  15. Jeff York on September 16, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Great video, lots of great advice and info. I live 45 mins from the Gorge and love it. I backpack, tent camp, have a popup and a cool vintage fully restored Airstream motorhome. All great base camps and road trip adventure fun. Look me up if you come back. Mcguiles pizza in a must and Ale 8

  16. poorsurvialest on September 16, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    I’m from KY and thinking bout going backing some places around here

  17. Ron Mueller on September 16, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    I love the Red River Gorge area, and even though it’s a six hour drive for me too, I go every chance I get. I am still working through some of your older videos and really enjoyed this trip with you. Add Auxier Ridge to your next trip, it’s got more smiles per mile than any trail in the park, in my opinion, and it’s 6-8 mile loop is home to my favorite campsite ever with a good water source in the Auxier Branch. The Red River Underground have a YouTube channel that show many, many hidden trails, arches and views to enrich your trip.

    You would also love the Indian Staircase/Council Chamber/Cloudsplitter loop, you have the legs for it, and that is almost all off-trail.

  18. Mark Lehr on September 16, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Your camp spot was at the exact location of the last recorded bear attack in the State of KY. Interesting, I also took some pictures of bear tracks in the snow right at Silverman’s Arch. Glad you enjoyed your visit. Next time you’re planning a trip here, you should talk to some locals before heading out or maybe head over the KYWilderness web site. There are lots of unmarked trails, arch’s, and overlooks all over the RRG.

  19. Cal Phillips on September 16, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    I watched this video 2 or 3 times the week leading up to my Red River Gorge trip, and I’m glad I did… My friend and I were about 8 miles in on our second day and about a mile from Gray’s Arch. I was hiking faster than him so I just pushed on and planned to wait for him at the Arch. Well, it wasn’t smart of me and he took a wrong turn, splitting us up by about 2 miles, with no cell service. I was freaking out, thinking that he had fallen and been hurt or something, but I remembered the way you were at Hanson’s point and just "stopping and collecting your thoughts" and I thought through it and, long story short, I found him. Thanks! Awesome videos.

  20. HammockTips on September 16, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Great video! Glad you kept walking, Hanson’s Point is a fantastic view. Heading there this weekend.

  21. Nick DeWald on September 16, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Have you had a chance to return to check out the auxier ridge? Really cool stuff over there as well. Loving your videos!

  22. Lomax78 on September 16, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Amazing footage, you’ve given me lots of inspiration for my trip there in September, can’t wait!

  23. showstopper4200able on September 16, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    I really enjoy your videos. I can tell you appreciate the outdoors like I do. You would definitely out pace me by far on the trail. I walk alot slower tuen you but would like to catch some miles with ya sometime if you could stand lowering your pace?

  24. wink hvac on September 16, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    That was Cool man. Thank you

  25. David Stillman on September 16, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    THANK YOU FOR GETTING BACK TO ME! HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT SUMMER! BE SAFE! HAVE FUN! SMILE! GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS! ENJOY!

  26. Seth Blitchington on September 16, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Heading into the gorge next week. Excellent video.

  27. Agent19 on September 16, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    The whip-poor-wills are obnoxious.
    You get up, fire a flare gun, they shut up, you lay back down, and within ten minutes they’re starting again.
    There’s no escaping their onslaught. You just have to accept that which you cannot change.

  28. David Stillman on September 16, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    IF I’M LUCKY ENOUGH THIS SUMMER I’M GOING TO TRY YOUR WAY ! ONE QUESTION ON AVERAGE HOW FAR APART DO THE TREES NEED TO BE FOR HAMMOCK CAMPING? PLUS I’M PUTTING UP A CLOTHES LINE FOR CLOTHES & MY NEW HAMMOCKS? SO I & FAMILY CAN LEARN TO SET MINE & THEIRS UP. THANK YOU! AWESOME VIDEOS & VIEWS!

  29. FeistyWildHeart on September 16, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    If you like the Arches there, you should check out Arches National Park, I went there in 2014, amazing.

  30. Adam K on September 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    It’s nuts to think that you hiked just over 3 weeks to the day before week hiked this exact course, well at least most of it.

  31. NotAboutMe on September 16, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Frozen, invest in a Garmin GPS already. You get lost a lot. Lol. Still enjoy your videos but get humble and buy a GPS! Lol

  32. Rita de Cassia Torres on September 16, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Poderia ser dublado ou legendado.

  33. Clara Mullen on September 16, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Hey frozen love your awsome videos and by the way those are lantern post at the campground not bear post keep the adventures coming.

  34. TrekkerPat on September 16, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    I appreciate your honesty. Thanks for the tip on the Dutchware sit pad.

  35. Rob Kelch on September 16, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    no those were saturn trees and the metal post were for hanging up children and really leave the map at home next time if you were looking at the map over at moonshiners arch you would of fell in a deep hole no really keep your eye out for danger at all times great video just the same

  36. Boss Killa009 on September 16, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    I live in ky and go there and natural bridge all the time !! Great vid

  37. Greg Fowler on September 16, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    working my way thru your videos, I’m really new to hiking, just 1 50 mile hike on the A.T. in PA. but because of you, will wood and a couple other youtubers I think at least gear wise I’m years ahead where I would be. thanks, you’ll be hearing more from me…hopefully/probably.

  38. Marvin Williford on September 16, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks for the video. I’ve been watching your videos and also Sintax 77’s for some time. I live in the West but when I was young I lived in the East. I never did any hiking or backpacking in the East so it’s really interesting for me to watch this stuff. My backpacking days were finished quite some time ago but I still go day hiking. I enjoy the techy stuff; I think I was a bit of a gearhead back in the day. Your work seems very professional. I like your and ST77’s low key, relaxed, matter of fact approach to videography. Very cool. Keep up the good work and enjoy the trail.

  39. Anthony P. on September 16, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    At around minute 25, which trail were you on and where were you initially headed?

  40. Lisa Ray on September 16, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Great video. Thanks. That was a lantern hanger dude. 😯 Going to do this hike this fall. Long drive from Baltimore!

  41. 34longbow on September 16, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Do you carry a compass?  A compass and a write in the rain pad to record azimuths would be a good way to keep track of your whereabouts when you go exploring. Also toilet paper makes a good temporary trail marker as it is easily hung on  waist high twigs and can be recovered when you backtrack. Should you miss a piece it will disintegrate unlike most trash found in the woods. Its a cheap insurance to not get lost but for sure should be recovered as you back track. Thanks for sharing another adventure I enjoy watching them.

  42. Adam K on September 16, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    If I remember correctly, Koomer Ridge has good repelling sites.

  43. Linda Kincaid on September 16, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    the pole is for lanterns

  44. lifeisgood070 on September 16, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Do the gaters help? / How do they hold up to crossings?

  45. David Stillman on September 16, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    THANK YOU!
    I JUST ORDERED IT. CAN’T WAIT TO READ IT. THANKS! HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT YEAR, WORKING & AT PLAY / HIKE!
    IF EVERYTHING GOES WELL WITH MY MOM I MIGHT BE ABLE TO TRY WHAT YOU’LL LOVE TO DO!
    BE SAFE!

  46. Jason Schneider on September 16, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    beautiful place to see and stay, great job keeping it real out there sharing the good, bad and ugly.

  47. YosimiteSam on September 16, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    I just bought a Blackbird and a 3 season yeti:):) looking forward to my trip at the end of the month to the Linville Gorge in NC.. You’d love it!!

  48. David Stillman on September 16, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    AWESOME! How bad was the poison ivy if I may ask ? I don’t know if you get it or not ? THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME TAG ALONG WITH YOU ON YOUR TRIPS! BE SAFE! HAVE FUN! SMILE! GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS! ENJOY!

  49. David Stillman on September 16, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    MAYBE THE POLE WITH HOOKS COULD BE FOR COLEMAN LANTERNS?

  50. Ray Christoff on September 16, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    I’ve watched most of your beginner camping videos. I learned a lot, you do a really good job. I’m planning to do more wilderness camping. I took special note of your feelings at the end of your first day trekking the Red River Gorge when the storm hit. The reality and honesty of your feelings in that situation really hit home for me – it was a plus that in some weird way I believe has helped to give me more confidence. Thank you and keep up the good work. Ray

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