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.
Visitor programs are held on weekends.
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!
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.
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.
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.