Standard (tent/RV)
Tent Cabin
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Koomer Ridge Rec Area

Koomer Ridge Campground, located on Cumberland Ranger District in the Red River Gorge, features semi-primitive camping in a tranquil forest setting. The campground provides access to trails in the Red River Gorge.

View Koomer Ridge guide & map.

The campground amphitheater opens Memorial Day weekend and features a program each Saturday through Labor Day. The programs usually begin at dusk. Check the campground bulletin board or contact the Gladie Visitor Center for more information.

Hiking/backpacking trails in the area: Cliff Trail #206 (.5 mile) Koomer Ridge Trail #220 (2.75 miles) Silvermine Arch Trail #225 (1.5 miles) Hidden Arch Trail #208 (1 mile).



The Koomer Ridge Campground features semi-primitive camping in a tranquil forest setting.

Interpretive Programs:

Visitor programs are held on weekends.

Recreational Vehicles

USDA Forest Service
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Koomer Ridge Rec Area is located in Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky
37.784 N
-83.633 W
Get Directions
Traveling east on the Mountain Parkway, take exit 33 at Slade. Turn left and then right onto KY 15. This campground is 5 miles on the left.
29 Reviews of Koomer Ridge Rec Area
Koomer Ridge campground

great place to go camping, direct access to hiking trails. and the sites are kept clean with gravel for even ground under the tent and picnic table for each spot to included a close water spout, and shower facilities on the camp site. very inexpensive as well.

Mountain biking Camp out!

Koomer Ridge campground has a great location for mountain biking (what we went for), hiking, fishing - anything really! The Daniel Boone Nat Forest is, I think, at its most beautiful in late spring. Nice campground and some of the nicest people you'll want to meet while camping too! Lots of friendlies!

Friendly hosts and clean sites!

Sites are pretty well secluded. You have pretty good access to areas of The Red as well.

Meditation place

Calming, quiet, relaxing, the place to get away from it all. Well maintained campground, clean bath house…except for the bugs :) but you are in the woods

Great campground

We love to camp here when we don't want to do primitive camping. The bath house is very nice and so are the trails. And it's right off the road so it's not hard to find at all


We love to camp at Koomer Ridge when we decide not to primitive camp. The campground has a very nice set up along with some great trails!

Direct access to Red River Gorge

So much hiking and kayaking in this area and this campground is pretty central to a lot of it. Lots of hikes very close to the campground, easy and moderate difficulty and all lengths. Amazing views of the gorge especially in the fall. Make sure to check out at the Rough Trail and Ridge Trail right from the campsite (really any trails are probably good).

I'm not sure what it is about this campground but I really liked it. Lovely wooded sites, good sized sites, some are pretty secluded. Very basic amenities, as expected with a National Forest site.

Red River Gorge

Great introduction to camping for my husband. The weather was very pleasant. Dog friendly campsite and both camp hosts were friendly and knowledgeable. The bathhouse was near our site and in decent shape for a camping bathroom. Showers, electricity and potable water is available at the bathhouse. The water is heavily chlorinated. We brought our own drinking water, but used the campgrounds for cleaning ourselves and dishes. We also had a water pump near our site. Best times to visit are early summer before the heat kicks in and fall. Beautiful park. The photos don't do it justice.

First to Review
Car camping in the Gorge

If you want to car camp in Red River Gorge, look no further than Koomer Ridge. The campground has a few trails that connect directly to it, and is a short drive from many other popular trails.

Koomer Ridge has a campground host on site who sells firewood and ice. There are numerous drive-up and a few walk-in sites. Even the drive-up sites felt somewhat separate from neighboring sites.

The shower house was pretty bare bones and the curtains were past their prime, but it was otherwise clean and functional. Potable water available all over the site. One complaint is that you can hear noise from the road, but I think it might be less noticeable at some of the walk-in sites towards the back.