Whitewater Rafting

From challenging Class V rapids that draw the world’s most experienced rafters and narrow river passages surrounded by beautiful, undisturbed forest to more family-friendly light rafting featuring natural wonders, The Kentucky Wildlands offers exciting, one-of-a-kind whitewater rafting adventures for all skill levels.

Experience the heart-pumping thrills of Class V drops, such as El Horrendo, swift undercuts, such as the legendary Fist, and the 80-foot-long Hyperslide along the world-renowned Russell Fork River. Put your paddle to the test in the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest with the house-sized boulders lining the banks in the Class IV rapids of the Rockcastle River. Or take the challenge of the Narrows of the River, the Class III gauntlet of the upper Red River, designated an official Kentucky Wild River.

Enjoy the Class I rapids (ideal for families with younger children) of the lower Red River. Take advantage of its gorgeous photo opportunities of natural landmarks, such as the Sky Arch Bridge, Tower Rock and Chimney Top Rock.

These exciting whitewater rafting thrills and more, along with incredible unspoiled natural beauty of pristine rivers, streams and creeks, await in The Kentucky Wildlands.  

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Hazard

Draped in a majestic mountainous backdrop of The Kentucky Wildlands, the Kentucky Trail Town of Hazard offers slices of vintage Americana for everyone. Peruse Main Street and enjoy local dining at Big Blue Smokehouse or Jabo’s Coal...