Rock Climbing

The Red River Gorge Geological Area in the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest is a world-renowned climbing destination, home to some of the most spectacular, jaw-dropping sandstone walls in the country and the most famous sport climbs on the planet. Affectionately known as The Red to climbers across the globe, the Red River Gorge is known for its sheer abundance of quality routes and offers many climbing opportunities for climbers of all skill levels.

All types of climbs from slabs to overhangs and sport to traditional are available. Thanks to its impressively steep lines and challenging overhanging faces, The Red even has been referred to as the best place in America for overhung sport climbing. More than 1,600 world-famous bolted sport and traditional climbing routes take climbers up high sandstone cliffs, along rock shelters, across natural bridges and around waterfalls. Many of the country’s iconic single pitch climbs are located here, including The Golden Ticket and Pure Imagination.

Great climbing guide companies are ready to take you into the gorge safely and provide you with all the gear and instruction you and your family need. Experience the family-friendly adventure of the country’s first Via Ferrata climbing route (ascension and descension along a secured cable system with plentiful iron hand and foot grips, first used in the European Alps), as well as additional routes for beginners to experts, at the Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure Park.

Don’t miss an opportunity to visit the epicenter of all things climbing in The Red, Miguel’s Pizza, where you can hang out, have dinner and catch up on all the latest climbing feats and legends.

The Kentucky Wildlands is filled with world-class climbing possibilities and heart-pumping thrills that are sure to elevate your play and adventure.

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