Area Status: Open
Clifty Wilderness offers natural beauty and quiet solitude. This 12,646-acre area has more than 20 miles of trail that take hikers through stream valleys with dense hemlock forest and across ridges with spectacular landscape views. The terrain is rugged and steep, offering plenty of physical challenge and adventure.
Clifty Wilderness supports an unusual array of flora with 750 flowering plants and 170 species of moss that thrive in the area. This diversity is attributed to geographic location, topography and glacial history. Some plant and animal species in this area are listed as endangered, threatened, sensitive or rare.
Leave No Trace of your visit so others can enjoy the same wilderness experience.
Safety note: The cliffs in Clifty Wilderness are beautiful, but they can be dangerous if you step too close to the edge. Each year, someone is seriously injured or killed from falling off a cliff in the Red River Gorge. Please exercise caution and avoid getting near cliff edges.
Clifty Wilderness is located in the Red River Gorge on Cumberland Ranger District.
At a Glance
Permit required for overnight backcountry camping.
||Hunting permits are required. More information is available at Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
||Thursday - Sunday, Spring and Autumn
||Mechanized transport and motorized vehicles are prohibited.
||Water may not be safe for drinking. All water should be treated before consumption.
||U.S. Forest Service
||Gladie Learning Center
3451 Sky Bridge Road
Stanton, KY 40380