The Red River Gorge Geological Area, surrounding the middle section of the Red River, is a unique landscape containing more than 80 major natural arches and a most unusual assortment of vegetation. The geological area covers 25,662 acres, and the terrain has been sculpted by wind and water for more than 70 million years. Sky Bridge, one of the most spectacular arches, is a solid rock span stretching along the top of a thin ridge. From the summit of this bridge, visitors are treated to a magnificent panoramic view of the Gorge. The Daniel Boone National Forest administers the area for year-round public use and enjoyment, while protecting its watersheds, wildlife, unique natural formations, and primitive character. Scenic drives lead visitors to many overlooks and to picnic areas and dispersed camping areas. The 36-mile system of loop trails in the area has been designated as the Red River Gorge National Recreation Trail. It provides access to many scenic and historical attractions and connects with a number of developed recreation areas and the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail.

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Parks and Outdoors Review of Red River Gorge Geological Area

Away Travel Expert: Johnny Molloy
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Camping,Day Hiking,Sustainable Travel,Trekking and Backpacking
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The Red River Gorge is a geological wonder, with the largest concentration of natural arches in the East.
  • Hiking trails lace the gorge area, and lead to many geological features, including arches, rockhouses, clifflines with views and waterfalls.
  • The area is heavily used but managed well. Your best experiences will be during the week,and in spring and fall.

Daniel Boone National Forest
c/o Stanton District Ranger Station, 705 W. College Avenue
Stanton, Kentucky 40380

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