These 10 Challenging Trails In Red River Gorge Are Perfect For Hikers Seeking Adventure

With over 100 natural sandstone arches, deep forests, and ancient rock shelters, the Red River Gorge, located in Daniel Boone National Forest, has earned a reputation as one of the most beautiful places in Kentucky. Only two hours from Louisville and one hour from Lexington, it’s an easy weekend retreat for city folk looking to hit the reset button and spend some time in nature.

Red River Gorge’s most popular attractions (like Natural Bridge and Chimney Top Rock) may be spectacular, but check out these ten trails if you want to escape from tourists, challenge yourself, and discover some truly unique landscapes, all while enjoying the serenity of the paths less traveled within the Gorge.

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If you are looking for a more adventurous day hike, places to do some primitive camping, and jaw-dropping scenery, try some of these incredible hikes in Red River Gorge! You could hit these trails hundreds times and still find something new on every journey.