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  • Auxier Ridge Trailhead

    Auxier Ridge is located at the end of Tunnel Ridge Road. Tunnel Ridge Road can only be accessed from KY 15, as it does not intersect with KY 77.

    The Auxier Ridge Trail system includes four trails that provide hikers with scenic ridge top views, a natural arch, unique geologic features, and tranquil creek bottoms. Most hikers begin on the moderately difficult 2-mile (3.2 km) Auxier Ridge Trail # 204. This trail follows a high narrow ridge that offers stunning views of Haystack Rock, Courthouse Rock, Double Arch, and Raven’s Rock. In some areas, steep drops are present on both sides of the trail. Auxier Ridge Trail ends at the junction with Courthouse Rock Trail #202.

    At Courthouse Rock, hikers can return to the parking area either by retracing their steps or making a loop by following the moderately difficult 2.25-mile (3.6 km) Courthouse Rock Trail. The Courthouse Rock Trail travels through hardwood forest and dense rhododendron.

    Alternatively, hikers may travel a popular 5-mile (8 km) loop that combines Auxier Ridge Trail # 204 with Auxier Branch Trail # 203 and Double Arch Trail # 201. This loop has ridgetop views combined with a descent to Auxier Branch where wildflowers and ferns line the trail among tall poplars and beech trees. Add Double Arch to your loop hike by taking a 0.5-mile spur out to this interesting arch with a 20-foot span.

    Select a campsite 300 feet from the trail. The ridge top along Auxier Ridge Trail is too narrow in many places to get 300 feet away from the trail.