Most locals know the Red River Gorge, and all that is has to offer, not only year round, but especially in the fall. For those of you who DON'T, or aren't from around here- it is truly a wondrous fall spectacle put on by nature each year through the month of November.
Of course, when you drive through the country during this time of year,and especially through Kentucky, you are almost always garunteed a beautiful sight of colors, rolling hills, and peaceful holiday scenes. There is one place, however, that does it best. The gorge!
So, if you're done with the pumpkin patch, and looking for your next fall family activity, you won't be disappointed after making a trip to experience the sights, tastes, and fun that Kentucky's Red River Gorge has to offer. This kind of an outing will become your new favorite tradition and a way spend time with those you love, far from the hustle and bustle that this crazy holiday season brings.
So, to kick off your day or weekend trip planning to this spectacular location, here are three family friendly hikes to choose from!
1. Creation Falls and Rock Bridge Trail
This easy hike is for all ages, and offers many areas to stop and enjoy the beautiful streams, waterfall, and natural rock bridge. The trail is well-marked, lined with gorgeous trees, and is about 1.5 miles long. Click here for directions and more trail info→ Creation Falls!
2. Auxier Ridge Trail
Walking along the tops of the trees on this ridgeline is almost like walking through a painting this time of year. This hike is about 2 miles to the look-out point, and can also be continued on a 5 mile loop! You won't be disappointed, and the view across the top of the gorge is breathtaking!→Auxier Ridge
3. Gray's Arch Trail
A mostly even and flat trail that leads to this hidden archway is an incredible sight to behold. Roughly a mile and a half to the stopping point, this trail has some of the most beautiful changing colors right within reach, you won't be able to resist stopping to take a closer look at the nature and wildlife that fill this trail. Click here for directions→Gray's Arch
When you're done with your hike, you're sure to need to fill your stomach with some of the one-of-a-kind eating that the RRG has to offer!
Here are my top 3 recommendations!
1. (the world famous) Miguel's Pizza!
Known all throughout the bluegrass, across the country, and even throughout the world by the rock climbing community, Miguel's Pizza is truly a staple of the Red. It's pizza cannot be compared to, it's atmosphere is relaxed, inviting, and unique, and you absolutely cannot leave without stopping in to wash down a slice with a tall green glass bottle of Kentucky's Ale-8.
2. The Red River Rockhouse
If you're looking for a fresh, unique menu with a lot of variety, the RRRockhouse is the place to stop. With an assortment of local beers on tap, and all local ingredients, this place won't disappoint. Try the burrito and the sweet potato fries and enjoy some of the area's talent, with walls of artwork created right in the gorge.
3. Sky Bridge Station
For a cozy, cabin atmosphere, that will be hard to leave on a crisp-fall day, stop in to SBS and choose from their delicious hot menu or sit a spell at the bar while playing darts, listening to local bands, or enjoying the fireplace. Known for their creative, one-of-a-kind hotdog creations, this place has a little bit of everything. There is also a hostel here for those looking to stay a while, or their rock climbing guide services, for those adventure seeking families with or without experience.
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