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rock climbing in Kentucky

If you're serious about rock climbing, then chances are you're going to love Red River Gorge climbing. The top destination for all categories of climbing—including bouldering, sport and trad—in the country, you'll find some of the world's most famous routes in this area. Consistently ranked among the top 10 climbing locations in the world, it is located within the Daniel Boone National Forest and is designated as a national geological area with plenty of other outdoor activities for visitors. Climbers have been exploring and route setting in this geological marvel and the surrounding land for decades. There are plenty of climbs here for every style of climber, even if you’re a beginner. Bring your own gear, or hire one of the trusted guides and outfitters located in the area to set you up with shoes, rope, and other equipment and training to help to get you scaling the walls at one of America’s best rock climbing destinations in no time. Plan your climb today.

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Slade, KY
750 acres, owned by the Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition, 400+ climbing routes, hiking trails, mountain bike trails, camping allowed except in designated areas
Stanton, KY
Rock climbing, hiking, biking, paddling on the Red River, campgrounds and some back country camping. Top destination for sport climbing, thousands of routes of varying diffic...
Stanton, KY
Rental cabins and apartments, located in Red River Gorge near popular hiking trails, climbing routes, and the red river


Slade, KY
Guided climbing & rappelling, canoe trips in the red river gorge, cabins, easy access to popular trails throughout Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge area
Corbin, KY
Rafting/paddling on the Big South Fork River, Cumberland River, Russell Fork River, and rentals for Laurel Lake, rock climbing wall, zipline experience, geocaching, wagon ride...
Slade, KY
Red River Gorge, Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, Natural Bridge State Resort Park.
Campton, KY
1st Via Ferrata in the USA climbing system using cables and hand/foot rungs, 6 sections of adventure climbing ranging in difficulty from beginner-experienced, guided climbing ...
Brodhead, KY
Guided trips, backpacking, paddling, rock climbing, mountain biking, paintball, survival skills classes
Wilmore, KY
Asbury University adventure program, guided hiking, rock climbing, zip lining, paddling and camping trips, challenge course
Elkhorn City, KY
4,600 acre park, 25 miles hiking trails, 12 miles of mountain biking trails, rock climbing, equine trails and private stable located in park, 60+ geocaches, paddling adventure...
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