michael harr, mba
Red River Gorge - October 9-11
by Michael J. Harr, MBA on October 6th, 2015


Koomer Ridge Campground is located on KY Route 15 about 2 miles past Tunnel Ridge Road. Here are directions:
  • Traveling southeast, take Exit 33 from the Mountain Parkway
  • Turn LEFT off the exit, travel under the overpass
  • Turn RIGHT onto KY 15
  • Travel 4.9 miles
  • Turn LEFT into Koomer Ridge Campground
We'll text you with campsite numbers. Download and save this document to your phone or print it out - Koomer Ridge Campground Flyer.

Gear Check

At the Campsite
  • Tent, Hammock, or Tarp System
  • Tarp or Ground Cover
  • Folding Chair
  • Lantern
  • Headlamp
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad/Mat or Inflatable Mattress
  • Pillow(s)
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Towel
  • Toiletries (if you plan to shower)
In Your Backpack
  • Toilet Paper in a Baggie
  • ​Hiking/Trekking Poles
  • 2 Reusable Water Bottles
  • Insect Repellent
  • Towel
  • Trail Snacks (granola bars, beef jerky, etc.)
  • ​Underwear (3)
  • Light or Moderate Weight, Fast Drying Convertible Pants (2)
  • Socks (3)
  • Sweatpants/Jeans
  • Sweatshirt/Fleece
  • Wicking Short Sleeve T-Shirt/Base Layer (2)
  • Wicking Long Sleeve T-Shirt (2)
  • Waterproof outer layer (top and bottom)
  • Lightweight, Fast Drying Trail Shoes -OR- Comfortable Hiking Boots
  • Rain Blocking Hat


  • Depart NKY at 2:00 p.m.
  • Arrive at Koomer Ridge Campground at 4:00 p.m.
  • Pay for Campsites and Setup Camp
  • Cook Dinner and Chillax


We are expecting up to EIGHTEEN people on this camping trip.  As a result, please be sure to take care of your food needs!  I ain't cookin' for 18:-)

Here are some suggestions:
  • Friday Dinner - Rain is in the forecast, so something quick and easy is desirable.  Hot dogs, burgers, lunch meat, or reheating food made earlier in the week is ideal.
  • Saturday Breakfast - It should be dry on Saturday, and breakfast scrambles are easiest to make with eggs, sausage, and cheese.
  • Saturday Lunch on the Trail - Peanut butter and jelly is always a win unless you're me and like to eat an enormous amount of bologna.  Dry sandwiches are best because they'll be fermenting in your backpack while on the trails.
  • Saturday Dinner - Good weather should prevail Saturday night, so if you want to get  a little fancy with dinner, go for it!  Even so, keeping it simple after a long day of hiking isn't a bad idea either.
  • Sunday Brunch - Miguel's has become a tradition for us at the Gorge.  The community there is outstanding and the pizza is awfully good.  They've also added a huge amount of covered seating outdoors.

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