A woman climbs a rock face at Red River Gorge in Kentucky

Red River Gorge

Red River Gorge

Nestled in the lush Daniel Boone National Forest, the Red River Gorge has amazed visitors ever since Boone himself first set foot here in the late 1700s. Today, “The Red” consistently ranks among the top climbing and rappelling destinations in the world, with rock formations ranging from rugged cliffs to natural bridges to the largest collection of sandstone arches east of the Rockies. Bring your own gear, or hire a trusted local guide or outfitter to help get you on the walls.

You don’t have to be a climber to appreciate the natural beauty of Red River Gorge. Explore the otherworldly terrain on hiking trails (linking to some of the longest trail systems in the state), canoe or kayak the Wild and Scenic Red River, or take a leisurely drive on the Red River Gorge Scenic Byway. If you’re planning on spending the night, consider reserving a campsite or cabin at Natural Bridge State Resort Park.

More Information: Red River Gorge National Geological Area

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