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

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
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ADA Accessible
No Alchohol
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
No Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Trash Available
Water Hookups
No WiFi
Koomer Ridge Campground is located in Kentucky
37.784 N
-83.6326 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.
24 Reviews of Koomer Ridge Campground
Best place in the area!

Great campsite! Sites not to closely packed next to each other. Can find your peace within a well maintained campground! Many trails easily accessible from the campground. The trails within the forest connect very well together and are very well maintained and marked! Can easily make a big loop and see many beautiful arches! Went on a 3 week road trip through this area and this spot was hands down my favorite! So many things to see and do and this campground was a great home base! And the host is so amazing and helpful!

Clean and well managed

The main campground has a lot of camp sites very close together with a central restroom with running water. There are two secluded camp sites and a walk in site with no running water at either facility. The camp ground is very clean and well managed. All sites are very close to some sort of hiking trails. It is centrally located to other trails that are about a 15 minute drive away.

Peaceful and Quiet

Stayed mid-week so it wasn’t crowded. Everyone was spaced out thru the campground and we never heard a sound from the other campers. Hiked the Cliff, Silvermine Arch and Hidden Arch Trails which all start from KRC. We’ll definitely stay here again!

The place to stay in the Gorge

Always a great place to plot your adventure.

Best family trips every year

Myself and my family have traveled to this campground for as long as I can remember. Have many great memories and loved the trails to the amphitheatres to over look the cliffs. Plus one of them we have our initials carved into the rock. Best memories I have.

Beautiful and perfectly secluded yet safe

I have only camped here once, but when I did it was an awesome experience! We felt safe but we also felt secluded, as one usually prefers to be while camping for only one night. Amazing stargazing and mountain views not too far away, and not too difficult to find the sites. Would most definitely do it again!

friendly, clean and safe

spacious sites with nice fire pits and picnic tables. Restrooms were clean and well stocked!

The place to be when visiting the Red

Koomer Ridge Campground is the only developed site within the Red River Gorge area. It is located just off Exit 11 on the Bert T Combs Parkway (the highway that runs through the area, which is a beautiful drive itself). Once you get off the highway, stop in at the Shell station there and you can purchase your park passes for being in the Gorge area. The people there are incredibly friendly and are used to all manner of campers and climbers stopping in to get passes there. They also have excellent local knowledge of the area - don't be afraid to just ask!

The campground is just a few miles down the road from there on the left hand side. It is a beautiful area on a hillside and there are many terrain features that make this place feel different from ordinary campground sites. We stayed in the back section which is a bit elevated, almost a plateau area in Site 34. The sites are not on top of each other and offer better than average privacy compared to many other locations I've been to.

There is running water and pit toilets that were in pretty good shape for what they are (which is just pit toilets).

Overall, this place is in excellent condition, great access to the Red, and quite scenic.

Family Trip

We had a wonderful time here. We plan to return soon!

Well Established Campground near Red River Gorge

Is all tent and pop-up camping, so don’t plan on bringing in an RV. Campground is run by the National Park ServIce, so Golden Passes do apply for dIscounts. All sites are well wooded, and some tent sItes do have steps to pack your gear up, which does add privacy. Main bathhouse is fairly well maintained, and outer ones are just okay with some hot water service issues in the past. You can hike out of the campground to see part of Red River Gorge, but it is also nicely located to drive to other trailheads.