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The Flyingfishman
Swift Camp Creek Trail
Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve
Black Mountain, Kentucky
Pine Mountain State Resort Park
Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine visits the Red River Gorge
Rockcastle Narrows
The Appalachian Trail
Big South Fork Honey Creek Loop
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Pine Mountain, KY
Yellowbank Wildlife Management Area
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Otter Creek - Outdoor Recreation Area
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Lost River Cave
My Old Kentucky Home lyrics and mp3
Cloud Splitter
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Cumberland Falls Moonbow Trail
Indian Staircase 10-21-04
Natural Bridge...Slade, KY
Auxier Ridge, Double, Star Gap, Gray's, and Rock Bridge Arches
Timmon's and Adena Arches
Swift Camp Creek Trail
Other landmarks in Red River Gorge
Tioga Falls/Bridges to the past
Carter Caves State Resort Park
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
Bernheim Forest - Clermont, KY
Vernon-Douglas State Nature Preserve
Red Byrd Arch trip Via Ridgetop ...12-20-08 trip report
A Creek Runs through it


Monday, April 4th, 2005 I arrived at the trail head at Swift Camp Creek trail. I parked my car and took an old road bicycle that had a set of knobby tires on it to the Rock Creek Bridge trail head. The tires were installed a few years back in a foolhardy attempt to use a road bike in a cyclocross race. They actually rubbed the brake mounts. After 7 miles of this I parked the bike in the woods and locked it up near the trail head. I then proceeded down to Swift Camp Creek trail for a little adventure.  Swift Camp Creek trail is notorious for being the most challenging in the Red River Gorge area. All total, on and off trail exploration, the hike took 5 hours. I probably sat down for 5 minutes the whole trip.


Creation Falls


Rock Creek Bridge


Rock Bridge Peepsite


Old Log Splash Dam used to move timber down the creek


Bear Pen Branch Narrows


Waterfall before side trail to Turtle Back Arch


A different angle


Turtle Back Arch


The Flyingfishman at Turtle Back Arch


Dog Fork Creek

Link to story about Dog Fork Creek


Timmon’s Arch from swift Camp Creek Trail

Click here for close-ups of Timmons from a previous trip December 2004


Falls before the climb up the ridge

Side note: I came upon some folks who had spent the night in the woods but had not planned to. They made a common mistake. They thought Swift Camp Creek trail looped. They had no map or water.  Let this serve as a warning. Do not go near Swift Camp Creek unless you possess the skills to handle it. Make sure you have a topo map and know how to use it. Take plenty of water and make sure you have the means to procure more if needed. Never, ever travel the trail in the dark. People die in the Gorge area every year. These folks were lucky to be alive.