Tunnel Ridge Road

Near Stanton, Kentucky

Tunnel Ridge Road does not offer reservations through Recreation.gov. Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!


Tunnel Ridge Road is the only connection between the trails in the Grays Arch area (Rough Trail and the Sheltowee Trace) and the Auxier Ridge area at the end of the drivable road. From KY 15, Tunnel Ridge Road is a five-mile ridgetop road. The last two miles are gated and closed to vehicular traffic, and the initial three miles can be very busy on weekends and holidays. At times, this road has been closed to vehicular traffic for maintenance.

Tunnel Ridge Road features several primitive camping areas. Each camping area has a parking lot and vault toilet. Visitors must park in designated lots. Roadside parking on Tunnel Ridge Road is not permitted. From the parking lot, follow the foot paths to suitable camping locations. When setting up tents, be sure they are at least 300 feet away from the road, parking lot, and official trails. 

Remember to purchase your overnight camping pass at the Gladie Visitor Center or at several businesses in the local area.

Select a campsite at least 300 feet away from the parking lot and road. Please do not camp or build fires in rock shelters or within 100 feet of the base of cliffs.

Many rock shelters contain rare species and sensitive resources. The white-haired goldenrod grows nowhere else in the world except the Red River Gorge. Some rock shelters are home to endangered bat species. Archaeologists have also found cultivated seeds in rock shelters from thousands of years ago that give clues to the early origins of agriculture in this area. These resources can be damaged by camping and firebuilding. 

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