Discussion => Red River Gorge => Topic started by: jacksan on January 14, 2022, 09:26:39 PM

Title: "Final" Red River Gorge Manangement Project ... Phase 1 is Tunnel Ridge Road
Post by: jacksan on January 14, 2022, 09:26:39 PM
The Forest Service has posted significant updates to the RRG Management Plan. (

On the "Analysis" tab see the plan details: FinalRedRiverComprehensiveRiverManagementPlan_20210922
In this document you can find detailed maps of the proposed new trails, front-country campsites, parking etc.: 20220107 Revised RRG EA and FONSI

The "Decision" tab has the official Draft Notice ("DN") and other documents.

Notice, starting today 1-14-2022: If no objections are filed within the 45-day time period, implementation of the decision may occur five business days following the last day of the objection period. When objections are filed, implementation may occur immediately following the date that all concerns and instructions identified by the Reviewing Officer in the objection response have been addressed.

Dear Forest Visitor:
Thank you for your interest in projects on the Daniel Boone National Forest.  You are subscribed to Red River Gorge Management Planning for USDA Forest Service. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.
The project's environmental assessment has been revised based on public comments, and supporting documentation are available on-line at:
Two Draft Decision Notices are now available for your review: one covers the proposed Comprehensive River Management Plan and the other proposes a wide range of management activities to address recreation within the Red River Gorge.  Both of these projects are subject to the pre-decisional objection process at 36 CFR Subparts A and B. If you wish to object, please state which Draft Decision you are objecting to: the Red River CRMP or the Red River Gorge Management Actions. See attached letters for more information.   
The Daniel Boone National Forest

Title: Re: "Final" Red River Gorge Manangement and Planning project posted today
Post by: wsp_scott on January 23, 2022, 09:12:41 AM
Thanks for posting this. If all of the proposed changes occur, especially the part about unofficial trails made official and designated campsites, then the gorge will feel very different in 10 years time. It will be interesting to see what actually happens.

For anyone who wants a quick look at the big changes, the maps start on page 67 of this link
Title: Re: "Final" Red River Gorge Manangement and Planning project posted today
Post by: jacksan on January 23, 2022, 09:53:54 AM
Does anyone know what the policy on off-trail hiking will be?
Possibly allowed but discouraged??

I've only found this:
Trail decommissioning activities include preventing use through planting native vegetation and disguising impacted areas with natural debris.
Potential Future Management Actions: ...  Educate and broadly distribute information about the locations of designated system trails and discourage off-trail use.

Title: Re: "Final" Red River Gorge Manangement and Planning project posted today
Post by: SharkeyFarmers on February 01, 2022, 05:42:40 AM
I'm curious about this as well. I would really hope they do not try to do away with off-trail hiking, or even discourage it for that matter. I mean, I get it, but that would pretty much end arch/waterfall/petroglyph hunting as we know it. Getting off trail and finding those gems is what it's all about!
Title: Re: "Final" Red River Gorge Manangement Plan ... APPROVED TO BEGIN AT THIS TIME
Post by: jacksan on September 11, 2022, 06:32:32 PM
The plan is final and all objections have been addressed.
"Therefore, the project can begin implementation at this time." (

In a follow up message from NFS:

" should be an exciting time for all who love and care for the RRG, as these actions should make some big strides towards sustainable recreation management.

There’s a lot of management actions in the decision, some of which can be acted upon fairly quickly, and some that, dependent on funding and capacity, may take many years to complete. We have an implementation plan that charts out a geographic strategy with the general approach of attempting to get most of the actions implemented in one of the seven areas we have broken the RRG up into before we move on to the next geographic area. That should help us be able to clearly communicate to visitors when the changes in management and rules have occurred. The first geographic area we will be tackling is along Tunnel Ridge Road, as that area already has many of the big investments, such as restrooms and parking, that need to be made in other locations. We can move quickly in that area and use it as a demonstration on what’s to come for the rest of the Gorge."