Red River Gorge

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The Red River Gorge, located at 37°49′N 83°40′W / 37.817°N 83.667°W / 37.817; -83.667, is a canyon system on the Red River in east-central Kentucky. Geologically, it is part of the Pottsville Escarpment.

Much of the Gorge is located inside the Daniel Boone National Forest and has been subsequently reserved as the Red River Gorge Geological Area, an area of around 44 square miles (114 km2). It has been designated a National Natural Landmark. The 20 square miles (58 km2) Clifty Wilderness Area lies entirely within the gorge.

This intricate canyon system features an abundance of high sandstone cliffs, rock shelters, waterfalls, and natural bridges. There are more than 100 natural sandstone arches in the Red River Gorge Geological Area. The multitude of sandstone and cliff-lines have helped this area become one of the world's top rock climbing destinations and is home to the Red River Gorge Climbers' Coalition.

Kentucky's Natural Bridge State Park is immediately adjacent to this area, featuring one of the largest natural bridges in the Red River Gorge.

Because of its unusual and rugged nature, the Red River Gorge features a remarkable variety of ecological zones. It is home to many plants, such as Canadian Yew, which are far from their main range.


Geological formations

  • Angel Windows
  • Chimney Top Rocks
  • Courthouse Rock
  • Creation Falls
  • Cloud Splitter
  • Double Arch
  • Eagle Point Buttress/Eagle's Nest
  • Gray's Arch
  • Half Moon
  • Hanson's Point
  • Haystack Rock
  • Hidden Arch
  • Indian Staircase
  • Moonshiners Arch
  • Pinch 'em Tight
  • Princess Arch
  • Ravens Rock
  • Rock Bridge
  • Sky Bridge
  • Silver Mine Arch
  • Star Gap Arch
  • Whistling Arch
  • Whittleton Arch

Nada Tunnel

Nada tunnel is a 900-foot-long (270 m) and 12-foot-wide (3.7 m) logging tunnel built between 1910 and 1912. Rock and dirt were removed by dynamite, steam drills and hand tools. One man was killed during tunnel construction when he attempted to thaw frozen dynamite which exploded when he set it near a fire."Nada Tunnel on Cumberland Ranger District". 

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