Hiking & Camping
The Red River Gorge Geological Area
The Red River Gorge is a beautiful, scenic natural area of federally-designated National Forest. The region boasts spectacular rock features, towering cliffs and plenty of adventure related attractions for visiting guests. There are over 300 documented rock arches including well-known landmarks such as Natural Bridge, Sky Bridge, Auxier Ridge, Chimney Top Rock and Grays Arch. With over 60 miles of hiking trails, there is plenty for the experienced backpacker to the leisurely hiker with children to explore in Red River Gorge.
There is no fee for hiking trail use. A backcountry pass is required for any overnight camping and must be displayed in your vehicle between the hours of 10pm and 6am. Passes are $5/day, $8/3 days and $50/annual pass.
Passes can be purchased at the following locations:
Go Time: 12056 Camption Rd
Park and Save: 12187 Campton Rd
Daniel Boone Coffee Shop: 769 Natural Bridge Rd.
Trails End Liquor Store: 940 Natural Bridge Rd.
Corner Marathon & Food Market: 111 Hwy 715
Pine Ridge Mart: 4642 Hwy KY 15 North
Airport Market: 633 E. College Ave.
Power Shell Station: 200 South Main St.
Stanton Food Court: 50 W. Pendleton St.
Leave No Trace
The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge State Resort Park. Each principle covers a specific topic to help preserve the natural habitat and protect the wildlife for generations to come. We encourage all outdoor enthusiasts to visit their website for full information at LNT.ORG.
Plan Ahead & Prepare
When outdoor visitors plan ahead and prepare, it helps to accomplish trip goals safely and enjoyably while simultaneously minimizing damage to the land.
Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces
The goal of travel outdoors is to move through natural areas while avoiding damage to the land, foliage, or waterways.
Dispose of Waste Properly
The waste humans create while enjoying outdoor spaces can have severe impacts if not disposed of properly.
Leave What You Find
The items we find in nature have a role to play, either in the ecosystem or the story of the landscape. Leaving what we find in place helps to preserve both.
Minimize Campfire Impacts
Wildfires threaten outdoor spaces and are primarily caused by humans. We can minimize campfire impacts by keeping fire etiquette and safety in mind.
Whenever you are in an outdoor space, you are in the natural habitat of many wild animals and should work to minimize your impact on them.
Be Considerate to Others
One of the most important components of outdoor ethics is to maintain courtesy toward others. It helps everyone enjoy their outdoor experience.
Top 10 Hiking Essentials
The National Parks and Forestry Service provide a very important list of 10 categories of essential items to bring on any outdoor adventure. We encourage all hikers and overnight campers to review this list before embarking on your Red River Gorge adventure. to learn more, visit the National Park Service website.
Navigation: Maps, Compass, GPS
Sun Protection: Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Hat
Insulation: Jacket, Hat, Gloves, Rain Shell, thermal Underwear
Illumination: Flashlight, Lanterns, Headlamp
First-Aid Supplies: First Aid Kit
Fire: Matches, Lighter, Fire Starters
Repair Kit & Tools: Duct Tape, Knife, Screwdriver, Scissors
Hydration: Water, Water Treatment
Emergency Shelter: Tent, Blanket, Tarp, Bivy
Get Your Trail Map Today
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.
Watch these introduction videos to some of the trails and rock features that you will find in the Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge area of Eastern Kentucky. With miles of hiking trails, there is plenty to explore on your outdoor adventure.