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Explore Red River Gorge


Nestled in the lush Daniel Boone National Forest lies the wild Red River Gorge Geological Area. The Red River Gorge is an intricate canyon system featuring a perfect blend of sandstone cliffs, rock shelters, waterfalls, natural bridges and lush woodland. (Fun fact: There are more than 100 natural sandstone arches in the Red River Gorge Geological Area!) The Red River Gorge spans at around 29,000 acres; which has been designated as a National Natural Landmark and National Geological Area where cliffs soar up to 200 feet high! Within the geological area, 13,000 acres are also designated as Clifty Wilderness, adding further protection to some of Kentucky’s rarest flora and fauna. The white-haired goldenrod specifically is endemic to the Red River Gorge, occurring nowhere else in the world.

In case we aren’t making ourselves clear enough – Red River Gorge is the Holy Grail of outdoor recreation and adventure! (The small town of Slade is even considered to be the ‘Adventure Capital Of Kentucky’.) What truly makes Red River Gorge so special is that there is something here for everyone. The rapid growth of hiking and rock climbing’s popularity in the area can make it seem like they’re the only attractions available – but trust us, the fun doesn’t stop there. It can be easy to get overwhelmed with the must see’s and must do’s during your short time here. StayOver is locally operated and can help make the best out of your vacation! Below you will find your very own ‘Red River Gorge Guide’. We will be diving into some of our favorite businesses, activities, favorite hiking trails and more!



Gladie Visitor Center

Learn about cultural heritage, unique resources, and spectacular geology. If you’re seeking information, The Gladie Visitor Center has it! (Please note: this is temporarily closed due to COVID. We do not know an estimated reopening date.)



Thrillsville “The Gorge Underground”

An amazing kayaking experience through a beautiful cave in Red River Gorge. They also offer pontoon boat tours!

Red River Gorge Zipline Tours

Enjoy the rushing winds of up to 55 MPH while flying 300 feet over the Gorge! With 2 dual racing lines, 3 Sky Bridges, and more – this is an adventure worth experiencing.

Southeast Mountain Guides

An amazing place with a spectacular view! Featuring the only Via Ferrata in Red River Gorge, this gorgeous slice of Kentucky is perfect for beginner rock climbers.

Natural Bridge Kentucky State Park

This state park features the famous Natural Bridge trail and Skylift. Check out the gift shop and dine at the wonderful Sandstone Arches restaurant.

Whisper Valley Trails

Explore this 50-acre Nature Park on horseback! This adventure includes waterfalls, creeks, towering sandstone cliffs and a 100ft. cavern.

Kentucky Reptile Zoo

The Kentucky Reptile Zoo offers guided tours with Reptile Talks. Be sure to call the day of your visit and see if they are doing venom extractions!

Of course, this list is small in comparison to everything there is to see in the Red River Gorge. Book your cabin, grab your adventure gear, see the Milky Way, go fishing, explore the mountains, visit craft shops – the opportunities in the Gorge are enormous and growing every day!

If you aren’t sure what activities to choose for your trip, contact our Guest Services at 606-268-8787 or by email at We are here to offer suggestions and help you enjoy all things Red River Gorge!

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.