Red River Gorge Beginner BackPacking Trip

  • August 23, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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This will be an easy trip for newbies and experienced backpackers. This trip is not limited to beginners. Experienced backpackers are welcome.

Upon arrival we will hike into 3 miles into Hansen Point and set up camp. After camp setup and lunch we will hike to Greys Arch and visit other trails in the area before returning to camp for dinner. We will hike Sunday morning after breaking camp. There is no water at this campsite. Bring what you need.


This will be a moderate paced adventure. Bring your camera!


The backpacking potion is moderate as the trail to Hansen's Point is relatively flat with very few hills to climb.  HOWEVER, The side hikes will be moderate/strenuous as there will be some creek to cross and hills to climb.


Details will follow as we get closer and know how many are going.


Please leave your pets home on this outing due to nature of this adventure..

After Hike Grub

We will gather for our traditional visit to Miguel's Pizza & Rock Climbing Shop following the hike on Sunday.


Check out the photos from DH 2010 trip

Check out the photos from DH 2011 trip

Check out the photos from DH 2012 trip

Check out the photos from DH 2013 trip


NOAA - National Weather Service Forecast Office - Jackson, Kentucky

Accuweather (includes historical averages)


Outragegis Red River Gorge 3D map PDF
Printable Maps from

Fees/Overnight Permits
All vehicles ON KY 15 or IN the Red River Gorge and Indian Creek area north of KY 15 must display a recreation permit for backcountry camping between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. 1 day for $3; 3 day for $5; Annual for $30. Permits can be puchased at many area stores. Annual permits expire on Dec. 31 of the year purchased. One and three day passes expire at noon on the day after the last day of the pass.

The permit is to be displayed through the windshield of a parked vehicle. You only need one permit per car, not per camper. Motorcycles are exempt for the obvious reason.

These permits can be obtained at the Shell gas station when you get off of the highway at Slade, KY.

Additional Links

- Daniel Boone National Forest Web Site
- Hike Participant and Hike Leader Guidelines


Sunrise: 6:36am | Sunset: 8:27pm


Directions to Trailhead

- Take I-75 S toward Cincinnati
- Slight left at I-64 E (signs for Winchester/Ashland)
- Take exit 98 toward Mountain Pkwy/Campton/Prestonsburg
- Merge onto Bert T Combs Mountain Pkwy E
- Take the KY-11 ramp to Slade/Beattyville
- Turn left at KY-11 N/Natural Bridge Rd
- Turn right at KY-15 S/Campton Rd
- Turn left at Tunnel Ridge Rd
- Slight right at Fd-1103/Greys Arch Lot Rd


Only The Lightest: 201 Ultralight Backpacking Tips, Part 1 (1 to 100)

Only The Lightest: 201 Ultralight Backpacking Tips, Part 2 (101 to 201)

More About the Red River Gorge Geological Area

The Red River Gorge is a unique, scenic natural area that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Spectacular rock features, including sandstone arches and towering cliffs, are just part of the attraction. Outdoor enthusiasts come to the gorge year-round to enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing, wildlife viewing and other recreation opportunities. The Red River Gorge is designated a Geological Area, National Natural Landmark and National Archaeological District and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.A portion of the gorge is also designated as Clifty Wilderness, 12,646 acres of rugged forest landscape. Check out the Spring 2013 Red River Gorge Newsletter

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  • Paul G.

    Easy pack in. However, Kenny could turn off the humidity machine.

    1 · August 25

  • kentuckyjewel

    Paul and I really had a great weekend, with everyone this weekend. We had some very memorable experience, but it will take us a least 2 weeks to recover before we would do that loop again even for a $1000. :) Thanks to everyone for sharing your knowledge with the newbies. Hope to do it again.

    August 25

  • Kenny

    I had a really nice weekend in the gorge with this group. Could not had asked for anything more. I will be looking forward to our next backcountry adventure.

    August 24

  • Deb G.

    Good directions and communication friday and Saturday morning. Had a great time, hiking and exploring greys arch area. Yes, ill do the loop again for $1000 dollars. (Or free) ;)

    1 · August 24

  • Kenny

    4 of us have arrived to get our permits. Very nice weather so far. Heading out on the trails soon.

    August 22

    • Deb G.

      We are in Lexington with Janet following us. awful weather, traffic is stopped to a crawl. I hope it is better there.

      August 22

    • Kelly

      We made it back to out cars just as it started raining. We are headed to Miguel's for pizza. Call or text Kenny's cell when you get to the Slade exit.

      August 22

  • Bev

    This will be a wonderful trip! Just down at the RRG last weekend and hiked in the Clifty Wilderness area. Would like to organize a trip next spring to paddle the Red River and Mill Creek Lake. I've been on the Red numerous times and It's always a treat. Usually water levels too low this time of year, but last weekend the local outfitter was running canoes/kayaks on the Red. With today's rain it would be awesome! Have fun!

    August 22

  • Kenny

    Reminder! Check your email. Conference call for trip planning and car pool logistics at 9PM August 19th

    August 19

  • Kelly

    I'll claim some responsibility. Kenny was tending to his better half ;) My car broke down and he was brining his daughters car to me so I had a vehicle for work today. I'm pretty sure I sidetracked him.

    1 · August 18

  • Paul G.

    Was the conference call cancelled? We waited until 9:25.

    August 17

    • Kenny

      Paul, so sorry sir. No excuse for me this round. I simply forgot about our call. I will send out another invite for Tuesday night and hopefully I will not forget :0)

      1 · August 18

  • Kenny

    Depending upon the weather, our plan is to travel down on Friday morning and camp an extra night. I will hike back out to the parking lot Saturday morning and meet the group. If anyone else plans to come down Friday to camp, please contact me. I will provide times that I will power on my cell phone to make contact. We do have Verizon service at the campsite. There is no water! Bring what you need or plan on filtering from a stream located about 1 mile downhill from the campsite.

    August 13

  • Phil

    Great choice! Backpacked the gorge back in '95. I highly recommend it as a place to visit if you have never been there.

    August 10

  • Ruth

    I hate to miss this AGAIN. Family obligations tend to spring up like weeds around here. Hope you have a great time!

    1 · August 8

  • Bill C.

    Have to cancel Kenny. Sandy needs to visit relatives in Illinois that weekend. ;-(

    1 · August 7

    • Kenny

      Bummer. Was looking forward to finally getting on the trail with you both.

      August 7

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