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Trails The book Hiking The Red, A Complete Trail Guide To Kentucky's Red River Gorge, provides an excellent description of the activities one can find in the Red River Gorge. The authors suggest "popular activities include hiking, camping, picnicking, hunting, fishing, boating, swimming, horseback riding, bicycling, rock climbing, spelunking, bird watching, photography, nature study, and more" (p. 14). The Red River Gorge is part of the Daniel Boone National Forest (DBNF) which contains an estimated 500 miles of trails through rugged terrain made of sandstone cliffs and exposed limestone rock faces. The authors remind us that this trail network is larger than any other National Forest in Kentucky, and perhaps more importantly, that it takes fewer than six hours for most of us to reach this destination.

 

Please visit the US Forest Service's website for more information.

 

Brief History of the Gorge

According to Zoe Strecker (2007), the Red River Gorge in Kentucky is one of the best places to explore arches, defined as geological formations which took millions of years to form. In her book, Off the Beaten Path: Kentucky, she explains how the Red River shaped the Red River Gorge very similar to how the Colorado river shaped the grand canyon. Over an estimated millions of years, the river cut and left quite impressive rock formations, also known as arches. In the Red River Gorge there are an estimated one-hundred fifty (150) arches, a number surpassed only by Arches National Park in Utah, USA.

 

Strecker, Z. (2007). Off The Beaten path: Kentucky, A Guide To Unique Places. Connecticut: Globe Pequot Press.