- The Washington Times - Friday, August 27, 2004

The Red River Gorge is hidden in the hills of eastern Kentucky, but visitors can climb cliffs, paddle canoes, hike miles of trails or just admire scenery that includes natural stone arch bridges.

The Red River Gorge Geological Area (www.redrivergorge.org) has descriptions of major hiking trails and official camping areas.

Click on Recreation Activities for information on canoeing and rock climbing. There are a few helpful Web links, but many others seem to be outdated.

The gorge is part of the Daniel Boone National Forest (www.southernregion.fs.fed.us/boone), which stretches across a wide area of eastern Kentucky and has plenty of other areas to visit.

Look under Recreation Opportunities for details on everything from hiking trails to caving, then look under Special Places for attractions such as the Redbird Crest Trail. Also check out the Rivers section for information on the National Wild and Scenic River designation for part of the Red River.

If climbing is your thing, KY Wilderness (www.kywilderness.com) has basic information plus Web links for some of the other scenic attractions in the region.

For visual stimulus, Kentucky photographer John W. Snell (www.johnsnellphoto.com) has three galleries of Red River Gorge photos of waterfalls, fall colors and broad vistas.

Near the gorge, Kentucky’s Natural Bridge State Resort (www.state.ky.us/agencies/parks/natbridg.htm) preserves a 65-foot-high stone arch and offers a lodge, cottages and more camping areas.

Other things to see and do in the Powell County area (www.powellcountytourism.com) include visiting historical features such as the Nada Tunnel and the Gladie Historic Site.

Get a bigger view of places to visit in eastern Kentucky at Daniel Boone Country (www.danielboonecountry.com/index.html).

For a metropolitan gateway to eastern Kentucky, Lexington — www.visitlex.com — fills the bill with an airport, hotels and horse farms.

There’s much more to appreciate in Kentucky, and the state Department of Tourism (www.kytourism.com) can help you find cultural, historic and scenic spots from one end of the state to the other.


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