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Camping in Red River Gorge

Caving, climbing, and camping are on the agenda at this national geological area.

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Stay Over M.’s Land
10 sites · RVs, Tents1700 acres · Clay City, Kentucky
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Clayton Geneva Memorial Camp Ground
17 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents18 acres · Williamsburg, KentuckyThank you for considering Clayton Geneva memorial campground for your camping trip. Please read...
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The primitive campground is nice for your off-grid camping.
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Patrick's Point River Camp
57 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents212 acres · KentuckyLooking for a quiet peaceful camp on 212 acres in the Appalachians Mountains along side the Upper Cumberland River under a canopy of shade trees? Whether you are looking for a unique swimming hole location, a place to go fishing, kayak access, hiking trails or just a quiet place to enjoy your morning cup of coffee, we promise you will not be disappointed. You may wish to lay in a hammock along the river or under our covered 100 x 130 pavilion. We also have a beautiful creek to explore, very secluded and off the beaten path with lots of wildlife to enjoy. In addition to our relaxing atmosphere, this camp will also give you and your loved ones an incredible view to enjoy throughout your stay. Only 15mi by vehicle to Cumberland Falls State Park and many hiking trails. One of the oldest original homesteads in the area, for nearly 150 years this gem has been in the family. We have shared it with many people over the years and would love to share it with you! These beloved woods are the remaining part of the once vast, Patrick homestead-started soon after the Revolutionary War. Our family ties and our roots grow very deeply along this river and these woods-we've been born and raised here and continue to strive to be good stewards of these lands. Pristine woods, trails, river access, and more! Located in the heart of the Appalachian and on the bank of the Upper Cumberland River. A truly tranquil place to enjoy exclusively, or to use as a basecamp for the unlimited adventures possible in this scenic area. Welcome and enjoy!
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Rush Creek RV Campsite
9 sites · Lodging, RVs1 acre · KentuckyCome enjoys this nice and private RV sites in a quite location on the rural town of Rush near...
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A Rustic Ravine Cabin Adventure
25 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents400 acres · Genoa, West VirginiaWest Virginia’s Coolest, Newest, Vacation Cabin Rental and Hip Camping Resort!  The idea for...
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Thistle Dew! Farms
18 sites · RVs, Tents46 acres · TennesseeOur 46-acre farm with its rolling hills and meandering stream, overlooks the Clinch mountain....
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Hawks Pine Farm
7 sites · RVs, Tents260 acres · Sanders, Kentucky7 campsites on a 260 acre property. They are all primitive campsites, just a clearing and a rock...
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Barren River Magic
15 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents75 acres · Edmonton, KentuckyWe set out on a new path, leaving behind a fast paced, jangled rhythm of being. Searching for...
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Riverside Adventures
5 sites · RVs, Tents67 acres · Morrow, OhioJoin us at Riverside Adventures for your next getaway. We are located in the heart of Warren...
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Fruitdale Farm
8 sites · Lodging, Tents15 acres · Bainbridge, OhioCome stay at our little sustainable farmstead amid the beautiful rolling hills of southern Ohio! ...
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Limestone Bluffs
6 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Jackson, OhioDisconnect to Reconnect at the Bluffs. The Bluffs is a 20 acre campground in Jackson, Ohio. ...
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This site is very relaxing and great for hammocks due to the spacing of the trees.
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Trothwood Forest
6 sites · Tents43 acres · OhioFamily-Owned 43+ acres. nearly all wooded. This property has been minimally developed so as to...
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Real-life adventure playgrounds rarely come as impressive as Kentucky's Red River Gorge. Carved out by the Wild and Scenic Red River and cocooned within Daniel Boone National Forest, the soaring cliffs, natural arches, and cascading waterfalls provide a dramatic backdrop for outdoor activities. Rock climbing is the quintessential pastime—"The Red" is one of the world’s top destinations—but you can also hike, horseback ride, kayak, or zipline. Four-season camping is possible at Red River, but we recommend spring or fall, when mild weather combines with seasonal wildflowers and epic fall foliage views.

Where to Go

Central Red River Gorge

Follow the 46-mile Red River Gorge Scenic Byway for spectacular views across the gorge, admire the unique rock formations and natural arches along the Angel Window or Sheltowee trails, or put your rock climbing and rappelling skills to the test. Koomer Ridge campground is the only developed campground in the main gorge area, but you’ll also find private campgrounds, cabins, yurts, and treehouses with views of the gorge.

Northwest & Daniel Boone

The 900-foot-long Nada Tunnel marks the western entrance to the Red River Gorge, and some of the most renowned rock formations and arches can be found nearby. Further north, the Daniel Boone National Forest is nirvana for hikers, and self-sufficient campers can enjoy dispersed camping throughout the national forest land. Or, for a change of scenery, head away from the gorge to enjoy boating, fishing, and lakeside camping at Cave Run Lake.

Southwest & Natural Bridge

The Natural Bridge State Resort Park encompasses much of the southwestern region of the Red River Gorge, where you’ll find some of the most easily accessible hikes and campgrounds. Hike or ride the Skylift to the park’s namesake Natural Bridge, rent a kayak or canoe along the river, then check in one of the campgrounds or rent a cozy cottage. Nearby, Muir Valley is a popular spot for rock climbing, while Campton is the starting point for ziplining excursions across the gorge.

East & Clifty Wilderness

If you’re looking to escape the crowds, pack your tent and hit the trails of the vast Clifty Wilderness area. Dense forests, rugged ridges, and streams provide plenty of tranquil backcountry camping spots, or you can bring your kayak or canoe to paddle the wild waterways of the Red River. In the southeastern corner of the gorge, the Rock Bridge Trail is a perennial favorite, with views of the natural bridge and waterfall.

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