Take a journey through magnificent natural wonders on the Red River Gorge Scenic Byway. From the historic Nada Tunnel to the end of the Byway in Zachariah, KY, discover over 100 hundred stone arches, waterfalls, and plenty of natural beauty. Carved over eons by the Red River, today's Gorge is now Kentucky's prime site for outdoor adventures such as canoeing, rock climbing, and kayaking.
One of the main attractions to the Red River Gorge Scenic Byway is the proliferation of natural stone arches, which frame forested areas, ridges, and cliffs. 70 million years of wind and water has created one of the most unique areas in the eastern US. Perhaps you'll succumb to the lure of these many cliffs and ridges, and enjoy the area's excellent rock climbing. Or, if a tamer sort of adventure is more alluring, try out the many hiking and walking trails leading to the various arches and waterfalls.
The lands around the Red River Gorge were home to ancient civilizations thousands of years ago. Many of their rock shelters were later used by early pioneers and settlers. Despite the challenges of transporting the results of their labors through or around the gorge's rock formations, mining and lumbering was a way of