12-03-15: Red River Gorge Climbing Restrictions



Pursuant to the provisions of 16 U.S.C., Section 551, and Subpart B in Title 36 C.F.R. 261 as listed below, to provide for visitor safety, I am prohibiting the following acts:

LOCATION: The portions of National Forest System lands within the Red River Gorge Geological Area in Estill and Powell Counties in Kentucky. The area is further described in the attached map.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This Closure Order is in effect July 8, 2015 and continues until rescinded.


Climbing or rappelling within 300 feet of Sky Bridge, Grays Arch, Nada Tunnel, or Chimney Top Rock overlooks (§261.53(c));

Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order:

  • Any Federal, State or Local Officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force engaged in the performance of an official duty;
  • Any authorized person engaged in official administrative duties regarding National Forest Administration;
  • Persons with a permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.

These prohibitions are in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 CFR Part 261, Subpart A.

Executed in Winchester, Kentucky this 8th day of July, 2015.

/s/ Bill Lorenz

Forest Supervisor, Daniel Boone National Forest

Violations of the above prohibition set forth are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual and $10,000 for an organization or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months or both. See 16 U.S.C. 551, 18 U.S.C. 3559 and 3571.

12-03-15: Red River Gorge Climbing Restrictions, General Forest Map A

12-03-15: Red River Gorge Climbing Restrictions, Map A

12-03-15: Red River Gorge Climbing Restrictions, Map B

12-03-15: Red River Gorge Climbing Restrictions, Map B

These orders and the accompanying maps are presented for information purposes only. All Supervisor's Orders are subject to updates and changes. The paper copies on file at the Supervisor's Office or at the appropriate District Office are the most current, official signed version. If you would like copies of these current orders, or if you have any questions, please contact the Supervisor's Office, Daniel Boone National Forest, 1700 Bypass Road, Winchester, KY 40391, 859-745-3100.