Enjoy Scenic Views of the

RED RIVER GORGE

and

NATURAL BRIDGE

Kentucky’s spectacular Red River Gorge is one of the 10 “Hidden Gems” among state and national parks identified by Country Magazine in its June 2014 issue. These gems are virtually unknown, remote, uncrowded national treasures waiting to be discovered, so amazing that they are well worth a trip off the beaten path. You deserve to discover this Hidden Gem for yourself!

Located in the Daniel Boone National Forest, at the western base of the Appalachian Mountains, the Red River Gorge is a “diamond in the rough” waiting for you to experience firsthand the wonder of this magical place!  Nearby Natural Bridge State Resort Park offers amazing views and trails to explore via Kentucky’s  most well-known sandstone arch, Natural Bridge.  Come experience the Kentucky Rockies in their natural, untarnished beauty! 

One of Kentucky’s most popular and sought-after hiking destinations, the Red River Gorge Geological Area contains over 100 natural sandstone arches on 28,000 acres.  As you enter the Gorge through th narrow Nada Tunnel, you will be amazed at the massive outcroppings of rocks and narrow ravines along the 60 miles of hiking trails that will lead you to spectacular views of the gorge. Pick a trail, park your car, and go exploring – but bring your camera along! Canoeists and kayakers enjoy making their way down the Red River, seeing the gorge from a unique perspective, and ending their ride at a large campground.  Visit the Gladie Learning Center to learn about the heritage, culture, and geology of the Gorge, and walk out to see the Gladie cabin nearby, just over the bridge.  Be on the lookout for wild turkey and deer, and listen for the sound of birds, woodpeckers, and owls.  In September 2014, the gorge was host to the first ever half marathon, called The Rugged Red, and hundreds of avid runners participated in this new annual event.  Whether you love relaxing during a winding scenic drive in the mountains or are ready to hit the ground for a challenging hike or grab a paddle for a canoe ride, the Red River Gorge has wonders you just have to discover for yourself.  

Nearby Natural Bridge State Resort Park offers a slow sky lift and easy hike to Kentucky’s famous Natural Bridge arch, as well as to Lookout Point and Lover’s Leap. Avid hikers may instead don their hiking boots and choose the hike up or down the mountain. The lodge at Natural Bridge State Resort Park offers family dining, a gift shop, a huge swimming pool during warm months, and meeting rooms for small to large groups. Beginners and families will love the zipline through the trees in Frenchburg, just east of the Red River Gorge, while dare devils will thrill to the long zipline above the treetops at Cliffview. Nearby climbing adventures for beginners to advanced rock climbers bring tens of thousands of enthusiasts to the area every year, and there are plenty of places to picnic, fish, shop, and eat in and around Slade and Stanton, KY.