Red River Gorge Scenic Byway

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Take a journey through the natural wonders of the Red River Gorge Geological Area. The Red River Gorge is a popular destination area for backcountry camping, canoeing, hiking and rock climbing. The byway is approximately 46 miles long with travel time of approximately one hour. Allow extra time to stop and enjoy some of the points of interest along the way.

Attractions on the byway include the Gladie Visitor Center, Nada Tunnel, and views of stone arches or unique rock formations. Portions of the byway also parallel the Red River, a designated wild and scenic river. Step into the gorge and experience the natural beauty by exploring one of the many overlooks and trails which lead to stone arches and waterfalls or take you below the cliffline deep into the gorge.

Vehicles larger than 12 feet wide or 12 feet tall should enter the Gorge from the KY 715 end of the byway, or from the north side on KY 77. Large vehicles may not be able to pass through Nada Tunnel.

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This byway is located on Cumberland Ranger District.

 View Map

Red River Gorge 36x36 Map36x36 inch map (pdf; 7 MB) of the Red River Gorge. Includes trails, roads, streams, recreation areas, Clifty Wilderness and other boundaries. You can get this map printed full size by contacting a print vendor with a large format plotter. In some versions of Acrobat, you can print out sections on your home printer. Better yet, download the file for a digital reference.

At a Glance

Fees None
Permit Info: Any vehicles left overnight at scenic byway trailheads should display an overnight camping recreation permit. A fee is required for this permit.  
Open Season: Open all year
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Gladie Visitor Center
3451 Sky Bridge Road
Stanton, KY 40380
859-488-1413 (2020 season)

General Information


The toilets at the trailheads along the scenic byway are accessible. An accessible overlook is provided at Sky Bridge.


Parking is available at the trailheads along the scenic byway. 


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