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Find a natural paradise at Red River Gorge

An awe-inspiring spot in Kentucky's Daniel Boone National Forest, Red River Gorge offers a unique setting for outdoor adventure. More than 100 sandstone arches rising through lush forest have given the area quite the reputation among climbers, although those who prefer lower altitudes will find the gorge laced with picturesque trails. Water babies are far from disappointed by kayak and canoe excursions along the winding Red River. While the spot is a popular daytrip destination, Red River Gorge vacation rentals serve up the chance to enjoy this unique landscape for just about as long as you like.

Things to do

Adventure for all at Red River Gorge

If you're traveling with kids, there's oodles of fun to be had at the Thrillsville Adventure Park. Located within a short drive of the Red River Gorge National Geological Area, adventurers of all ages can climb the park's 50-foot rock wall, taking on challenges such as cargo nets and tightropes, before ziplining the 200-foot stretch back to ground level. For something a little different, the park also invites visitors (aged 3+) to explore an abandoned underground mine, although those who prefer someone else to take the reins may prefer to head off on a thrilling hour-long hummer tour.


Make a splash at Red River Gorge

Lucky enough to nab a Red River Gorge vacation rental on the riverfront? Setting out to enjoy the state's only Wild and Scenic River is a must. Experienced kayakers can rent a craft and make their own way along the 30-foot wide Red River, a seasonal watercourse that's at its best between April and June. Several companies offer craft for hire, should you arrive without your own, with some offering guided tours suitable for newcomers. Whether going it alone or as part of a tour, the popular middle gorge section takes around 3 to 5 hours to complete.


Seasonal appeal at Red River Gorge

Most outdoor enthusiasts agree that Red River Gorge vacation rentals are a tempting option all year round, but will likely also tell you that spring and fall are the best times to visit. This is when the area is at its most beautiful, thanks to rare wildflowers in the spring and autumnal colors in the fall. The scenery over the summer and winter seasons is undoubtedly beautiful, but a rush of growth in the forest can render some of the best views of the iconic sandstone formations obsolete, while activities in the winter months are understandably limited.

Natural features

Exploring Red River Gorge

Rugged cliffs and verdant forest give the Red River Gorge one of the most impressive landscapes in the world. How you enjoy it is up to you, although a trip on the area's sky lift offers some of the most beautiful views of the canyon system. Operating between April and October, the lift transports riders up to the park's main feature, a natural bridge towering 65 feet above ground level. Numerous trails lead down from the bridge but one of the best-loved is the so-called Fat Man's Squeeze, a narrow passage leading visitors to a vantage point below the arch.

Where to stay around Red River Gorge?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 75 vacation rentals near Red River Gorge. From 49 Cabins to 49 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Red River Gorge for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Red River Gorge?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Red River Gorge. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Slade: 58 vacation rentals
  • Daniel Boone National Forest: 72 vacation rentals
  • Natural Bridge State Resort Park: 51 vacation rentals
  • Beattyville: 61 vacation rentals
  • Pine Ridge: 53 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Red River Gorge! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Red River Gorge?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Red River Gorge:

  • Slade: 58 rentals
  • Beattyville: 61 rentals
  • Pine Ridge: 53 rentals
  • Frenchburg: 56 rentals
  • Wellington: 57 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.