Red River Gorge

For First-Timers


There are so many things to see at Red River Gorge, it’s tough to know where to start. This weekend includes visits to some of the best trails in the Gorge with stops at a pair of arches, the most beloved waterfall, and plenty of iconic views to catch the Fall colors.



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Sunset at Chimney Top Rock

This is a must-visit for anyone at Red River Gorge. Sunsets here can be magical and while this is a busy trail, surprisingly few come out on Friday for sunset.

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Hop’s Fork

After taking in sunset, head over to Hop’s Fork to enjoy a nightcap under the lights. Plus, pick-up some beer to go from their enormous selection. Add in some fish tacos if you’re hungry:-)


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Sunrise Above Swift Camp Creek

Whether you get clear skies or all clouds, there’s something amazing about sitting on a piece of rock, watching the river fog begin to lift.

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Auxier Ridge

Some of the most iconic photos of Red River Gorge are taken from Auxier Ridge. With two giant rock outcroppings, there’s plenty of space to sit and take it all in.

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Rock Bridge and Creation Falls

I ALWAYS include this hike when I’m with Red River Gorge first-timers. It’s an epic mile and a half hike to the most beloved water feature in the Red - and you get to see the only water-formed arch in the area.

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Sky Bridge Station

After you’ve been out on the trails, there are few things more satisfying than heading to Sky Bridge Station, enjoying a Kentucky craft beer, and chowing down on my personal favorite - an Aztec quesadilla (or two!).


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Natural Bridge

Whether you’re feeling froggy or groggy from Saturday, get up to Natural Bridge. It’s the most famous arch in Kentucky, and at only two miles, it’s worth it. If you’re feeling particularly groggy, take the Sky Lift to the top.

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Miguel’s Pizza

No visit to Red River Gorge is complete until you experience Miguel’s Pizza. Sure, the pizza is delicious, but really, this is a cultural treasure. While waiting for your order, take a look around and enjoy the community!