The Red River Gorge Loop A Unique Geologic Area

Lexington, Kentucky 40517

The Red River Gorge Loop A Unique Geologic Area

The Red River Gorge Loop: A Unique Geologic Area Professional Review and Guide

"This 27-mile drive starts at Slade just off the Mountain Parkway southeast of Lexington. From there it winds back and forth across the parkway to the small town of Pine Ridge. At Pine Ridge, it climbs and twists through the Red River Gorge Geological Area past some of the most spectacular scenery in Kentucky. Most of this drive is in the Red River Gorge Geological Area, a land of natural arches, unusual vegetation and animal life, rock shelters, wooded mountains, and miles and miles of hiking trails.

Fortunately for those who do not relish seeing their scenery on foot with a pack full of goodies on their backs, there is a good road through the area from which much of the beauty may be enjoyed. Special attractions: Rock formations, Daniel Boone National Forest. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

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Kentucky’s incredibly beautiful Red River Gorge is a great destination for anyone who loves scenic drives and outdoor activities. Any trip to the Lexington area should include time to drive the Red River Gorge Loop scenic byway and to explore the natural beauty of the surrounding area. You can do a quick drive through the gorge, or plan a leisurely outing of several days to really enjoy all this region has to offer. The road follows the Red River, which is the state’s first “National Wild and Scenic River,” and will take you through the Nada tunnel and past incredible outdoor scenery and opportunities for outdoor recreation, on the river or on foot. The byway is near the Daniel Boone National Forest, so be sure to stop and enjoy its beauty. There are several hiking trails in the National Forest you can check out, as well as more trails at Chimney Top Recreation Area and the Sky Bridge and Rock Bridge recreation areas. This is just a small selection of the many places you can find trails here. The Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail goes through the area as well. There are also plenty of great spots to kayak, canoe, and fish. Truly, this is a paradise for those who love outdoor adventures. To make the most of your experience, stop and spend the night (or longer!) at Natural Bridge State Resort, where you can camp, stay in a cabin, or rent a room at the lodge.
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Trail Information

Lexington
Nearby City
27
Distance
Spring through fall
Season
Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Red River Gorge Geological Area, Daniel Boone National Forest
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Oct 2018