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Red River Gorge Rules and Regulations
« on: April 03, 2008, 04:54:18 PM »

This information was taken directly from the forest service site located here


Observe these simple rules to help us protect the forest and ensure a safe and pleasurable trip for you and other forest users. If you have any questions or concerns about these regulations, check with the district office  or Gladie Learning Center for clarification.


Camping is NOT permitted:

Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire within 100 feet of the base of any cliff or the back of any rock shelter is PROHIBITED in the Red River Gorge. View Supervisor's Order .


Keep vehicles on established roads. All vehicle traffic is restricted to roads in the Geological Area.

Parking on Tunnel Ridge Road is limited to designated parking sites only.


Rockclimbing and rappelling are permitted EXCEPT in areas posted as closed. Climbing and rappelling are NOT PERMITTED within 300 feet of Sky Bridge, Grays Arch, Nada Tunnel, and Chimney Rock Overlook. Development of new climbing routes must be approved in advance by the Forest Service.

Outfitters and Guides

Outfitting and guiding activities require a special use permit from the Forest Service.

Archaeological Sites

All archaeological sites, artifacts and cultural resources are protected by state and federal law. Please help protect these fragile and irreplaceable resources:

  • Do not build fires in rockshelters.
  • Do not collect or dig for artifacts.
  • Do not disturb the soil or move rocks in rockshelters.
  • Report looting or vandalism to the nearest Forest Service office.

Cliffline Safety

The cliffs of the Red River Gorge are beautiful natural features, but they can be extremely dangerous. Some visitors have been seriously injured or killed by falling from the top of a cliff.
These accidental falls usually involve one or more of the following:
  • Camping too close to the edge of a cliff. Maintain a safe distance away from cliff edges to avoid accidental falls.
  • Walking around after dark. At night, visual perception is impaired; the edge of a cliff may not be easily recognized.
  • Drinking alcohol or using drugs. Intoxication reduces coordination, distorts perception, and impairs judgment.
  • Risky behavior or stunts. Use good judgement, and never cross barriers or ignore warning signs.
  • Kentucky law prohibits the consumption of alcohol in public places and open containers of alcohol.

Please make your visit to the Red River Gorge a safe, enjoyable experience. Avoid accidents by exercising caution around cliffs.


The first people to come to the Red River Gorge probably arrived about 13,000 years ago when glaciers still covered much of the land to the north. Small bands of ice-age hunters, now called Paleoindians, followed herds of mastodons and wooly mammoths to Kentucky and utilized the abundant natural resources found here.

From time to time, small groups of prehistoric people took up residence in the rock shelters of the Red River Gorge. They hunted game, birds and fish and harvested acorns, nuts, wild fruit, fungi, and various plants for food and other useful items.

About 3,000 years ago, the people who lived in the Red River Gorge started cultivating wild plants in small garden plots. Recent scientific excavations of rock shelters in the Gorge and the surrounding areas uncovered seeds that showed evidence of early plant domestication. The dry, sandy soils in rock shelters of the Gorge contain a wealth of information about the origins of agriculture in this area.

Archaeology provides insight into the lives of prehistoric people and glimpses of the Gorge as it was when they lived here.

The dry, nitrate-rich soils of rock shelters in the Gorge provide for excellent preservation of plant materials and other normally perishable artifacts. The unique conditions that ensure preservation of historic and prehistoric artifacts make this area extremely valuable for archaeological research.

In 2003, the Red River Gorge, Clifty Wilderness, and the Indian Creek area was designated a National Archaeological District and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
« Last Edit: July 17, 2012, 06:18:22 PM by Arthur »
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