RED RIVER GORGE
Activities



View from Tunnel Ridge Road Red River Gorge and the surrounding parks and forest is large and full of things to do, so we can only cover bits and pieces in any detail. We have chosen to describe some of our favorite must-do activities for newcomers, as well as some off-the-beaten-path trips. We have also provided links to other web sites that may describe additional activities.

The primary activities in the area are hiking, backpacking, rock-climbing, fishing, and canoeing. We'll try to provide some information regarding each activity to start you on your way.

For more information on specific activities, click one of the links below
Short Hikes Day Hikes Backpacking Climbing Fishing Canoeing

Other Free Sources of Information

1. Contact Us! We are knowledgeable on most of the areas in and around Red River Gorge. If you have a question about an area, just use our Contact Form.

2. Use our Map.

3. Free pamphlets and maps. You can find numerous free maps and pamphlets at the Slade Rest Area, Hemlock Lodge, Gladie Visitor Center, and Shell gas station. The Gladie Visitor Center also has a topographic map that you can purchase.

3. Web sites:
    Natural Bridge State Park
    Daniel Boone National Forest
    GORP Feature on Daniel Boone National Forest
    GORP Feature on Natural Bridge
    Red River Gorge Climber's Coalition

Guidebooks and Maps

Kentucky's Land of the Arches
Kentucky's Land of the Arches

Every traveler to Red River Gorge should purchase the following book: Kentucky's Land of the Arches by R.H. Ruchhoft. This book focuses on describing every hiking trail in unbelievable detail. It also gives details about driving through the Red River Gorge loop, providing directions and scenic stop-offs along the way. Written by a history professor, it provides a wealth of historical information about the area as well.



Kentucky's Land of the Arches
Hiking Kentucky: Scenic Trails of the Bluegrass State

Another excellent book that is less detailed but covers the entire state of Kentucky is called "Hiking Kentucky, Scenic Trails of the Bluegrass State". This book focuses on short scenic hikes and day hikes. It includes many great hikes in the Red River Gorge area, and many other hikes throughout the Daniel Boone National Forest.



This is the current Rock Climber's Guide to The Red area.


For more information on specific activities, click one of the links below
Short Hikes Day Hikes Backpacking Climbing Fishing Canoeing


 
INTRODUCTION to the Red River Gorge.
DIRECTIONS how to get there.
ACCOMMODATIONS camping, cabins, & lodging.
DINING the best dining in the area.
ACTIVITIES things to do while there.
MAP trail & road map.
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