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Princess Arch - Red River Gorge National Geological Area, Kentucky

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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   Kentucky does well to entice backcountry exploration, and is Chimney Top Overlook - Red River Gorge, Kentucky proud to boast of its 1500 miles of maintained hiking trails. Here in the Red River Gorge and Clifty Wilderness you'll find 40 miles of these trails woven throughout a geological wonderland. Covering 20,000 acres within the Daniel Boone National Forest, the gorge is a premier National Recreation Area for both the serious backpackers and the casual weekend explorers. The rec area also offers sites for primitive camping, canoeing, fishing and hunting.
   The Red River Gorge, sliced open by father time and a relentless National Wild and Scenic Red River, is known for a medley of Princess Arch Trailhead - Red River Gorge, Kentucky geological features. Here, impressive cliffs tower over a dense forestland where hiking destinations include a large collection of rock shelters, waterfalls, natural bridges and more than 100 natural sandstone arches. Starting out from the Chimney Top parking lot, one of the most popular Gorge trails (#233) leads to Princess Arch. The area around the arch is overrun with informal side trails and may present problems staying on the main path. There's even a chance you may cross over the top of the arch without knowing it. Warning Sign - Red River Gorge, Kentucky This regal 32 foot span is easily reached over a half mile footpath, making for a short hike for novice arch hunters and their families in the Red River Gorge National Geological Area.
   Cautionary warnings and memorial plaques are located throughout the two recreational areas, spelling out the inherent dangers of this locale. While thousands of visitors enjoy the spectacular scenery in the gorge, in recent years there have been numerous accidents. Most fatalities have been caused by falling from a cliff. This is no place to play or show off, and the Forest Service (and especially your families) wants you to return home from this geological wonderland just the same as when you arrived.

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