Going for the Send: Rock Climbing in the Gorge
Red River Gorge is a spectacular region; home to towering sandstone cliffs, bulky boulders, and intense inclines. The Gorge has become a haven for every type of rock climber across the globe – with over 2,000 trads, sports, topropes, scrambles, and boulders! From an enormous stretch of national forest land to privately owned acreage, Red River Gorge offers a plethora of climbs at varying difficulties.
Climbs like Caver’s Route (5.3 Trad) or The Golden Ticket (5.14 Sport) show exactly how vast the climbs in Red River Gorge can be. Keep in mind, some of these climbs are located on private property. While these locations are open to the public and free of charge, they do require waivers to be signed. If you’re visiting climbs in Muir Valley Nature Preserve, Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve, or Miller Fork Recreational Preserve be sure to visit their corresponding websites to sign any required waivers and gather more information.
Unsure of what to do/where to go, or maybe you want to learn how to climb? Check out Southeast Mountain Guides – the only Via Ferrata in Red River Gorge. Via Ferrata is a form of rock climbing well suited for beginner climbers; with cables to clip into and hand/foot rungs, you can climb with ease! Southeast Mountain Guides also offers guided climbing and guided rappelling. Let their amazing, AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) certified guides show you an amazing time!
StayOver follows the “Leave No Trace” philosophy and asks that you do the same. If you explore the property of Red River Gorge during your stay, please take any trash back with you. We are committed to preserving this beautiful, historic land that we are so lucky to be a part of.
StayOver has a multitude of cabins that are perfect for resting after a full day of tough inclines, with climbs right outside your door! Grab your gear and go for the send – see you at the crag!