Red River Gorge Geological Area - The Red River Gorge is a uniquely scenic area in the Daniel Boone National Forest. The area is known for its abundant natural stone arches, unusual rock formations, and spectacular sandstone cliffs. The Red River Gorge is designated as a national geological area by the U.S. Forest Service. View maps here. Natural Bridge State Park - Natural Bridge State Resort Park invites you to experience a truly magnificent and serene natural environment. Come and explore the beauty of natural arches and rugged sandstone cliff lines. Our greatest attribute remains the same: the “Natural Bridge,” This magnificent arch, which is 65 feet tall and 78 feet long, is one of the most famous natural sandstone arches in Kentucky. Natural Bridge also boasts a ski lift to the top of the arch for those who might not want to make the hike up. View maps here.
Red River Gorge is a spectacular region; home to towering sandstone cliffs, bulky boulders, and intense inclines. The Gorge has become a haven for every type of rock climber across the globe – with over 2,000 trads, sports, top ropes, scrambles, and boulders! From an enormous stretch of national forest land to privately owned acreage, Red River Gorge offers a vast amount of climbs at varying difficulties.
Climbs like Caver’s Route (5.3 trad) or The Golden Ticket (5.14 Sport) show exactly how vast the climbs in Red River Gorge can be. Keep in mind, some of these climbs are located on private property. While these locations are open to the public and free of charge, they do require waivers to be signed. If you’re visiting climbs in Muir Valley Nature Preserve, Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve, or Miller Fork Recreational Preserve be sure to visit their corresponding websites to sign any required waivers and gather more information.
With over 600 miles of trails in the area, the trail running opportunities are endless. Access to the Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway can be found a short distance from the front door of the cabin. If you're running a bit more distance, the Sheltowee Trace section known as Big Bend or The Narrows is three miles from the door. Run a mile or so on concrete before getting onto gravel road that turns into a 4x4 road and later on the trail. This can be turned into a loop quite easily.
Most of the trails outside of Natural Bridge State Park are mixed use. Big Bend provides plenty of options for out and backs and loops on technical terrain and double track as well as a large selection of gravel riding right off the porch. From the cabin your access is endless for a day on the bike.
The Red River offers anglers plenty of opportunity to fish for spotted bass, smallmouth, and sunfish. It is one of the more popular fly fishing spots in the state. Mill Creek Lake in Natural Bridge is stocked with bass, crappie, sunfish, catfish, and rainbow trout. There are size and quantity limits that you need to be aware of. No motors are allowed on this lake as well.
Red River Gorge Zipline
Cable's Riding Stables
Red River Adventure
Kentucky Reptile Zoo
The Gorge Underground
Red River Rockhouse
Sky Bridge Station
Daniel Boone Coffee and Deli
Red River Smokehouse
La Cabana Mexican