The Red River Gorge is a unique, scenic natural area that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Spectacular rock features, including sandstone arches and towering cliffs, are just part of the attraction. Outdoor enthusiasts come to the gorge year-round to enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing, wildlife viewing and other recreation opportunities.
The Red River Gorge is designated a Geological Area, National Natural Landmark and National Archaeological District and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. A portion of the gorge is also designated as Clifty Wilderness, 12,646 acres of rugged forest landscape. It is located on Cumberland Ranger District.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources regulations allow hunting and trapping in the gorge. All visitors should take appropriate safety precautions to protect themselves and pets when using the gorge during hunting and trapping seasons. Inspect all backcountry campsites carefully before using the site. Avoid leaving food debris that may attract small animals.
Learn more about the Red River Gorge Geological Area and Gladie Cabin, Clifty Wilderness and the Red River.
Basic dispersed camping on Tunnel Ridge Rd managed by National Forest Service. No fee, but you do need a permit which you can buy at nearby town. Camping is in the forest, so lots of shade. There is no water. Trash disposal and vault toilets at the parking lots at trailheads. Many trails to view natural arches and bluff top / river views. This area attracts climbers and a few arrived around midnight, but weren't too noisy.
primitive and paid campsites both available, depending on your comfort level and preference. I prefer primitive - you will need a pass when not camping in a camp ground which cost very little per night. The hiking trails are mind blowing with great views and river side. Must see arches and natural bridges. This park is a wonderland for rock climbers. The best campsites are by water. Beautiful camping all year round! Dogs are more than welcome :)
There are so many different places to hike. Be careful of cliffs and your surroundings. Nothing but natural beauty. You can rock climb, camp, hike, kayak, and best of all amazing views.
Red river gorge as a whole is one of my favorite places. I personally prefer to camp off-site but you need a pass. Luckily it's only $5. I highly recommend RRG to anyone who loves to hike and swim and explore. So many different trails and multiple types of landscapes. Please go check it out. I'll see you there.
My husband and I go to Red River Gorge any time we are looking to get away for a couple nights!
W always go to Indian Creek in the RRG. My family loves it. Getting away from the busy life and into backcountry is like stepping into God's country. Don't have to worry about nothing and every day is a new adventure.
I have camped at multiple campsites in the RRG area over the years in every season. This is my all-time favorite place to go. We even got married on Rock Bridge Trail. The primitive campsites will vary based on location, but you can typically find decent spots off of most of the trails. Some spots will be closer to the trails, and others you will have to explore/hike to find.
World-class rock-climbing here. I have climbed several areas including Muir Valley. You can't skip Miguel's Pizza for a tasty slice and good fellowship from staff and other visitors there. This is also a great camping spot. Highly populated with climbers.
Natural Bridge is close for some tourist-friendly attractions and outstanding views.
A fantastic place for primitive backpack camping! There are 100's of rock climbs on bullet proof rock! Just try to come here during the weekdays as the weekend we were there it was a zoo!
You can drive the gorge and find spots to camp or visit one of their primitive campgrounds. Every time I’ve camped the Gorge I head to the water hole and jumping rock. There are plenty of other campers but just enough to give you some happy company. Camp amongst the tree line and branch out into the cool clear water on a hot summer’s day! Taking a leap off the jumping rock should not be missed!!
beauty in ever direction. get a back country pass and head for one of the many trails or stay at one of the campgrounds in the area…cabins in area also.