Daniel Boone National Forest
The Clifty Wilderness was established in December 1985, when legislation added 13,300 acres in the Red River Gorge Geological Area to the National Wilderness Preservation System. It is a rugged pocket of cliffs, bluffs, steep canyons, rocky creeks, rockshefters, and arches. The variation in topography has created a complex of different habitats with an unusually large number of plant species. It contains at least 15 sensitive, rare, or endangered plant species among more than 750 different flowering plants and 170 species of moss.
Clifty offers hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, camping, hunting, fishing, and canoeing opportunities. However, it is an undeveloped, rugged area. Significant woods skills are needed to access and use the area. Located approximately 50 miles east of Lexington, Kentucky, it is easily accessible to the major population centers of the Ohio River Valley by way of Interstate Highway 64 and the Mountain Parkway. After leaving the Slade Interchange of the Parkway, travel east on Kentucky Highway 15 to Kentucky Highway 715, turn left and go 1/4 mile to the wilderness boundary.
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