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Clifty Wilderness

Closed to all motorized vehicles


and mountain bikes.
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Gladie
Cultural-Environmental
Learning Center
Chimney
Top Rock
Nada
Tunnel
Tarr
Ridge
Picnic
Area
Ravens
Rock
Haystack
Rock
Courthouse
Rock
Gray's
Arch
D. Boon
Hut
Hemlock
Lodge
Natural Bridge
State Resort
Park
Middle Fork
Campground
Whittleton
Arch
Pine
Ridge
Koomer
Ridge
Campg. Hidden
Arch
Silvermine
Arch
Slade
(Exit
33)
To
Stanton
Nada
Double
Arch
Princess
Arch
Clifty
Wilderness
Gate
77
77
77
77
77
77
77
Footbridge
11
11
15
15
15
11
39
39
164
Rock
Bridge
Swift Camp
Creek Trail
Wildcat
Trail
Angel
Windows
Sheltowee
Trace
Bison
Way
Trail
Tower Rock
Trail
Sky
Bridge
Whistling
Arch
Rough Trail
Swift
Camp
Creek
Trail
Koomer
Ridge
Trail
Whittleton
Branch Trail
Sheltowee
Trace
Sheltowee
Trace
Rough
Trail
Rough
Trail
Rush
Ridge
Trail
Rough
Trail
Pinch -Em
Tight &
Sheltowee
Trace
Rough Trail &
Sheltowee
Trace
Rough
Trail
Sheltowee
Trace
Buck
Trail
Sheltowee
Trace
Auxier
Ridge
Trail
Courthouse
Rock Trail
Aux.
Br.
Trail
Primitive
Camping
Primitive
Camping
Lost Branch
Osborne
Bend
Osborne
Bend
Primitive
Camping
Cliff
Trail
Tunnel
Ridge
Road
10
10
204
23
23
39
# Name Mi.
201 Double Arch Trail 2.19
202 Courthouse Rock Trail 2.40
203 Auxier Branch Trail 0.80
204 Auxier Ridge Trail 2.06
205 Gray's Arch Trail 0.30
206 Cliff Trail 0.46
207 Rock Bridge Trail 1.30
208 Hidden Arch Trail 1.00
209 Daniel Boone Hut Trail 0.70
210 Bison Way Trail 0.46
214 Sky Bridge Trail 0.85
215 Koomer Ridge Trail 0.10
216 Whittleton Branch Trail 1.80
217 Whittleton Arch Trail 0.20
218 Angel Windows 0.30
219 Swift Creek Camp Trail 6.70
220 Koomer Ridge Trail 2.30
221 Rough Trail 7.82
223 Pinch-em Tight Trail 1.40
225 Silvermine Arch Trail 1.32
226 Buck Trail 1.50
227 Rush Ridge Trail 1.00
228 Wildcat Trail 1.76
229 Tower Rock Trail 0.48
233 Princess Arch Trail 0.28
234 Whistling Arch Trail 0.20
235 Chimney Top Trail 0.30
239 Lost Branch Trail 1.60
240 Osborne Bend Trail 6.65
NOTE: This map is not intended for
use as a trail map. If you plan on
hiking any of the longer trails, and if
you are not familiar with the area,
we suggest using trail maps showing
topography. Maps can be obtained
from the locations listed on the back
of this brochure.
The Sheltowee Trace National
Recreation Trail (Trail #100) traverses
the entire length of the Daniel Boone
National Forest. Part of the Sheltowee
Trace passes through the Red River
Gorge. The trail is marked by a
diamond-shaped blaze or a turtle
symbol.
A pass is required for parking
overnight in the Gorge and
Indian Creek Area (between
the hours of 10
p.m. and 6 a.m.).
Passes are
available in local
stores and at the
District Office in
Stanton.
Natural Bridge State Resort
Park, adjacent to Red River
Gorge Geological Area, is
administered by Kentucky Dept.
of Parks. It offers lodge rooms,
cabins, dining facilities, and two
developed campgrounds. For
more information, call the park
at (606) 663-2214, or (800)
255-PARK (7275)
613
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202
203
201
201
221
209
205
205
221
221
227
223
100
223
100
221
100
226
220
220
208
220
206
225
216
217
207
207
219
219
228
219
221
221
234
214
240
233
235
229
240
239
210
715
715
715
715
715
100
100
100
100
100
100
Help protect archaeological sites and habitat for
threatened and endangered species.
DONT CAMP OR BUILD FIRES
IN ROCKSHELTERS OR ALONG THE CLIFFS.
The clifflines of
the Red River
Gorge are
beautiful, but
they are also
dangerous.
Please be
careful.
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Whittleton
Campground
2004/B
Trail
Road
Closed Gate
Gravel Road
State Hwy.
Mtn. Parkway
River
715
23
221
39
Parking Area
Picnic Tables
Dev. Camping
Restroom
Scenic View
Point of Interest
Canoe In/Out
Disabled Acc.
Lodging
Dining
Amphitheatre
Scenic Byway
Clifty Wilderness
National Forest
State Park
Tunnel Ridge
Road (#39) goes
OVER and does
not intersect with
KY 77 and Nada
Tunnel. KY 77
goes THROUGH
Nada Tunnel.
77
39
Elizabethtown
MTN. PKY.
Somerset
PKY
PKY
Owensboro
75
Barbourville
64
Grayson
68
23
Pikeville
80
Lexington
80
27
Hopkinsville Glasglow
Bowling
Green
Louisville
Frankfort
Richmond
75
402
25E
31E 68
PKY
65
31E
71
64
65
60
REGULATIONS
Observe these simple rules to help us protect
the forest and ensure a safe and pleasurable
trip for you and other forest users.
Camping is NOT permitted:
Within 300 feet of any road.
Within 300 feet of any developed trail.
In any picnic or parking area.
KENTUCKY 2004
Forest Service
Southern Region
United States Department of Agriculture
Red River
Gorge
Stanton Ranger District
Daniel Boone
INFORMATION
You may request information about trail
conditions, trail maps, and recreation
opportunity guides from:
Stanton Ranger District
705 W. College Avenue
Stanton, KY 40380
606-663-2852
Gladie Cultural-Environmental Learning Center
3451 State Route 715
Frenchburg, KY 40322
606-663-8100
Supervisors Office
1700 Bypass Road
Winchester, KY 40391
859-745-3100
Visit our website at:
http://www.southernregion.fs.fed.us/boone/
K o o m e r R i d g e C a m p g r o u n d i s a U . S . F e e
A r e a w i t h t r a i l e r / t e n t s p a c e s , v a u l t t o i l e t s , f i r e
g r i l l s , l a n t e r n p o s t s , d r i n k i n g w a t e r , p i c n i c
t a b l e s , a n d a n a m p h i t h e a t e r . S i t e s a r e a v a i l a b l e
o n a f i r s t - c o m e , f i r s t - s e r v e d b a s i s . T e n t s i t e s
r e m a i n o p e n y e a r r o u n d , a l t h o u g h n o w a t e r i s
a v a i l a b l e d u r i n g t h e o f f s e a s o n . K o o m e r R i d g e
i s i n f u l l o p e r a t i o n f r o m m i d - A p r i l t h r o u g h t h e
e n d o f O c t o b e r .
T h e R e d R i v e r . K e n t u c k y s f i r s t N a t i o n a l W i l d
a n d S c e n i c R i v e r , t h e R e d R i v e r , o f f e r s t h e
c a n o e i s t a m e m o r a b l e t r i p .
A r c h a e o l o g y . A r c h a e o l o g i c a l s t u d i e s a r e
p r o v i d i n g i n s i g h t i n t o t h e l i v e s o f p r e h i s t o r i c
p e o p l e w h o l i v e d i n t h e G o r g e . T h e s e N a t i v e
A m e r i c a n s l e f t n o w r i t t e n r e c o r d s , b u t
a r c h a e o l o g i c a l s i t e s s c a t t e r e d t h r o u g h o u t t h e
G o r g e p r o v i d e m a n y c l u e s a b o u t h o w t h e y l i v e d .
I n l a t e r t i m e s , h i s t o r y r e c o r d s t h a t t h e a r e a
w a s o c c u p i e d b y t h e S h a w n e e a n d o t h e r t r i b e s ,
a n d a d v e n t u r e r s s u c h a s C h r i s t o p h e r G i s t , D r .
T h o m a s W a l k e r , a n d D a n i e l B o o n e p r e c e d e d
s e t t l e m e n t b y c o l o n i a l E u r o p e a n s m o v i n g w e s t .
C a m p s i t e s , o l d b u i l d i n g s , a n d h i s t o r i c
f a r m s t e a d s s t i l l t e l l t h e i r s t o r i e s .
T h e s e f r a g i l e a r c h a e o l o g i c a l r e s o u r c e s a r e
u n m i s t a k a b l e e v i d e n c e o f e a r l i e r l i v e s - a
c o m m o n i n h e r i t a n c e f r o m p a s t g e n e r a t i o n s
w i t h w h o m w e h a v e s h a r e d t h i s l a n d . O n c e
d e s t r o y e d t h e y a r e g o n e f o r e v e r . T o p r e s e r v e
t h e s e s i t e s :
D o n o t d i s t u r b r o c k s h e l t e r s .
D o n o t c o l l e c t o r d i g f o r a r t i f a c t s .
D o n o t d i s t u r b t h e
s o i l , d i g , o r m o v e
r o c k s .
O b e y a l l s i g n s a n d
e n c o u r a g e o t h e r s t o
d o t h e s a m e .
A l l a r t i f a c t s a n d c u l t u r a l
r e s o u r c e s a r e p r o t e c t e d
b y s t a t e a n d f e d e r a l
l a w . R e p o r t l o o t i n g o r
v a n d a l i s m t o t h e S t a n t o n
D i s t r i c t O f f i c e .
R8-RG 240 Revised July 2004
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Directions: From Interstate 64, take exit 98
to the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway. From
the parkway, take exit 33 (Slade) and turn left
onto KY 11. To access Gladie through Nada
Tunnel, turn left onto KY 15, travel 1.5 miles
west and turn right onto KY 77. Then follow
77 to KY 715 and turn right. Stay on 715 and
follow the signs to Gladie.
NOTE: Visitors are required to purchase a pass
for parking overnight in the Gorge and Indian
Creek area (between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.).
Passes are available from local stores and at
the District Office in Stanton.
W E L C O M E t o t h e R e d R i v e r G o r g e
G e o l o g i c a l A r e a , a u n i q u e a n d s c e n i c n a t u r a l
a r e a d e s i g n a t e d a n d m a n a g e d b y t h e U S D A
F o r e s t S e r v i c e . A N a t i o n a l N a t u r a l L a n d m a r k ,
t h e G o r g e i s a p a r t o f t h e D a n i e l B o o n e N a t i o n a l
F o r e s t . I t i s m a n a g e d f o r y e a r - r o u n d p u b l i c u s e
a n d e n j o y m e n t a n d t o p r o t e c t i t s w a t e r s h e d ,
w i l d l i f e , s p e c t a c u l a r g e o l o g i c a l f e a t u r e s , p r i m i t i v e
c h a r a c t e r , a n d p u b l i c s a f e t y .
N o t e : V i s i t o r s a r e r e q u i r e d t o p u r c h a s e a p a s s
f o r p a r k i n g o v e r n i g h t i n t h e G o r g e a n d I n d i a n
C r e e k a r e a ( b e t w e e n 1 0 p . m . a n d 6 a . m . ) .
P a s s e s a r e a v a i l a b l e f r o m l o c a l s t o r e s a n d a t
t h e D i s t r i c t O f f i c e i n S t a n t o n .
N a t u r a l S t o n e A r c h e s . T h e n u m b e r , s i z e ,
a n d v a r i e t y o f n a t u r a l s t o n e a r c h e s i n t h e G o r g e
c o n t r i b u t e t o i t s u n i q u e n e s s . S c u l p t e d b y 7 0
m i l l i o n y e a r s o f w i n d a n d w a t e r , t h e G o r g e o f f e r s
s p e c t a c u l a r v i e w s o f h e a v i l y f o r e s t e d s l o p e s ,
r i d g e s , a n d c l i f f s t h a t p r o v i d e a s t u n n i n g
b a c k d r o p f o r m o r e t h a n 1 0 0 n a t u r a l a r c h e s .
C l i f t y W i l d e r n e s s . W i t h i n t h e G o r g e i s C l i f t y
W i l d e r n e s s , a r u g g e d a n d u n d e v e l o p e d a r e a
d e s i g n a t e d a s w i l d e r n e s s b y C o n g r e s s i n 1 9 8 5 .
T h i s 1 2 , 6 4 6 - a c r e a r e a f e a t u r e s a r c h e s , r o c k
s h e l t e r s , a n d t o w e r i n g c l i f f s e n c i r c l i n g s t e e p ,
f o r e s t e d s l o p e s a n d n a r r o w s t r e a m v a l l e y s .
H i k i n g T r a i l s . M a n y a r c h e s i n t h e G o r g e c a n
b e f o u n d o r v i e w e d f r o m t h e 6 0 m i l e s o f h i k i n g
t r a i l s . O n e o f t h e b e s t k n o w n a n d m o s t
a c c e s s i b l e a r c h e s i s S k y B r i d g e , 7 5 f e e t l o n g
a n d 2 3 f e e t h i g h .
T r a i l s w i t h i n t h e R e d R i v e r G o r g e h a v e b e e n
d e s i g n a t e d N a t i o n a l R e c r e a t i o n T r a i l s . T h e s e
t r a i l s a r e o p e n t o h i k i n g o n l y . M o u n t a i n b i k e s
a n d a l l m o t o r i z e d v e h i c l e s a r e p r o h i b i t e d o n
t r a i l s i n t h e R e d R i v e r G o r g e . H o r s e s a r e
p e r m i t t e d o n d e s i g n a t e d t r a i l s .
N a d a T u n n e l . A n i n t e r e s t i n g w a y t o e n t e r t h e
R e d R i v e r G o r g e i s t h r o u g h t h e 9 0 0 - f o o t N a d a
T u n n e l , l o c a t e d a l o n g K Y 7 7 . T h i s t u n n e l , o p e n
t o o n e - l a n e t r a f f i c o n l y , w a s b u i l t f o r u s e b y a
l o g g i n g r a i l r o a d d u r i n g t h e e a r l y 1 9 0 0 s .
P l a n t s a n d A n i m a l s . T h e G o r g e s u p p o r t s
a n u n u s u a l a r r a y o f p l a n t a n d a n i m a l l i f e .
G e o g r a p h i c l o c a t i o n , t o p o g r a p h y , a n d g l a c i a l
h i s t o r y c o n t r i b u t e t o t h e d i v e r s i t y o f t h e a r e a .
A n u m b e r o f e n d a n g e r e d , t h r e a t e n e d , s e n s i t i v e ,
a n d r a r e s p e c i e s o f p l a n t s a n d a n i m a l s m a k e
t h e G o r g e t h e i r h o m e . T h e F o r e s t S e r v i c e a n d
o t h e r a g e n c i e s a r e w o r k i n g t o p r o t e c t t h e s e
s p e c i e s a n d t h e i r h a b i t a t .
G l a d i e H i s t o r i c S i t e . T h e G l a d i e C a b i n , a
r e c o n s t r u c t e d l o g h o u s e , i s t h e o n l y s t r u c t u r e
i n t h e G o r g e t h a t d a t e s b a c k t o t h e l a t e 1 8 0 0 ' s .
G l a d i e C u l t u r a l - E n v i r o n m e n t a l L e a r n i n g
C e n t e r . L e a r n a b o u t t h e c u l t u r a l h e r i t a g e ,
u n i q u e r e s o u r c e s a n d s p e c t a c u l a r g e o l o g y o f
t h e a r e a . T h e C e n t e r p r o v i d e s t r a i l , c a m p i n g
a n d o t h e r i n f o r m a t i o n . M a p s , p a s s e s , b o o k s
a n d s o u v e n i r s a r e a v a i l a b l e f o r p u r c h a s e . T h e
C e n t e r i s o p e n s e v e n d a y s a w e e k d u r i n g s p r i n g
t h r o u g h f a l l f r o m 9 : 0 0 a . m . t o 5 : 3 0 p . m .
A v o i d c a m p i n g n e a r t h e e d g e o f c l i f f s . Y o u
m a y b e c l o s e r t o t h e e d g e t h a n y o u r e a l i z e .
P l a n t o a r r i v e a t y o u r d e s t i n a t i o n b e f o r e d a r k .
A l c o h o l a n d c l i f f s d o n t m i x ! I f y o u d r i n k ,
a v o i d g e t t i n g c l o s e t o c l i f f s .
F o o t t r a v e l a f t e r d a r k i s n o t s a f e . I f y o u m u s t
t r a v e l a f t e r d a r k , s t a y i n f a m i l i a r a r e a s a n d
u s e a f l a s h l i g h t .
W a t c h y o u r f o o t i n g w h e n w a l k i n g n e a r c l i f f s .
T r e e s a n d b u s h e s c a n t b e t r u s t e d t o h o l d
y o u i f y o u s l i p .
W a t c h y o u r c h i l d r e n c a r e f u l l y , a n d k e e p t h e m
c l o s e t o y o u a t a l l t i m e s . D o n ' t l e t t h e m r u n .
C L I F F L I N E
S A F E T Y
T h e c l i f f l i n e s o f t h e R e d R i v e r
G o r g e a r e b e a u t i f u l , b u t t h e y
a r e a l s o d a n g e r o u s . E v e r y
y e a r , v i s i t o r s a r e i n j u r e d o r
k i l l e d b y a f a l l f r o m a c l i f f .
Do not camp in rockshelters.
These sensitive areas provide critical habitats
for plants and animals.
1. Camping is PROHIBITED within 100 feet
of the base of any cliff, or the back of any
rockshelter.
2. YOU ARE PROHIBITED from 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
rockshelter.
Rock climbing is permitted. However, new
route development must be approved by the
Forest Service. Climbing and rappelling are
NOT PERMITTED within 300 feet of Sky Bridge,
Grays Arch, Nada Tunnel, and Chimney Rock
Overlook, and other areas as posted.
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.
You must purchase a pass for
parking overnight in the Gorge and
Indian Creek area (between 10
p.m. and 6 a.m.). Passes are
available from local stores and at
the District Office in Stanton.
2004/B
300 FEET
100 FEET