Martin’s Fork is located along KY 77 and is the first trailhead encountered after entering the gorge through Nada Tunnel. The trailhead is located across the road from the parking area.
Martin’s Fork is the western trailhead of the 7-mile (one way) Rough Trail #221. Martin’s Fork also provides access to two popular rock-climbing areas, Military Wall and Left Flank. Follow the corresponding trails to reach these climbing areas. Both Military Wall Trail #230 and Left Flank Trail #231 are 0.25 miles (0.4 km) one way.
Rough Trail traverses the Red River Gorge across its heart from west to east. This challenging trail climbs from streamside to ridge-top and back down again several times. There are several stream crossings that will require care when crossing after heavy rains. Along its path, Rough Trail intersects with Grays Arch, Rush Ridge, Sheltowee Trace, and Koomer Ridge Trails. Rough Trail ends at the KY 715 trailhead