I’m a little late in posting this, but better late than never!
For our anniversary, the Fiancé and I went camping in the beginning of June. We always go to The Red River Gorge and book a spot at Whittleton Campground. If you have never been, I highly recommend you check it out!
We got to camp and set up while it was still daylight (thank goodness) so we did our usual first hike : Chimney Top.
The trail is really easy and has either pavement or gravel the whole way. It’s about a quarter mile from the parking lot to the end. The view is amazing! Here are some pictures I took :
On Saturday we started with a trail called Cloud Splitter. It is a rough-ish trail, but very much worth the effort it takes to get there.
We ate lunch (peanut butter and Doritos sandwiches) and hung out up there for quite awhile.
Here are some more pictures from on top of Cloud Splitter :
This trail, plus lunch, took most of the day. After getting back to our car it was mid-afternoon. We decided to do an easy hike and went to the waterfall. I didn’t get any pictures of it, but it’s a great place to stop if you need to cool off like we did.
After the waterfall we headed back to camp because it was getting close to dinner time.
We started up the fire and then decided we didn’t want to just sit around quite yet. We did the Whittleton Trail at the edge of the campground. It also ends with a waterfall!
On Sunday, our last day of camping, we did a sunrise hike. Watching the sun rise at Red River Gorge is breath taking no matter where you go to see it.
Our first trip down we went to Natural Bridge for the sunrise. We had to get up at 4 am and hiked for almost an hour before reaching the top of the bridge. It was so worth it though!
Double Arch Trail is not to be taken lightly. It was our first time conpleting it, having tried it once before when I was pregnant (don’t try it pregnant in the middle of summer, trust me!).
The hike is 6 miles round trip. The beginning looks easy because the majority is just walking along a gravel road, but once past that it’s all dips and valleys and climbing steep steps. Luckily we did it before the heat and humidity had really kicked in. We were still drenched in sweat by the time we made it, but it was totally worth it. My pictures really don’t do it justice.
Finally after being there for 20 or so minutes, I worked up the nerve to venture all the way to the top. The view did not disappoint me! And once again, my pictures do not do it any justice.
A trip to The Gorge is never complete without stopping by Miguel’s for some pizza, so of course we did. Their pizza is to die for! I wish I had thought to take a picture of ours, but I was famished and demolished my half in record time.
This was one of my favorite camping trips so far. We did a new hike (Double Arch) and met some really cool people at camp. One person even brought a drone and caught some cool footage of the campsite.
I can’t wait for our next trip!