The best thing about Red River Gorge is the hiking trails. According to www.redrivergorge.com, there is an estimated 500 miles of rugged trails. Mountain climbers from the world wide come to the Red River Gorge to rock climb and hike. I grew up hiking these trails and still love them.
The views are phenomenal and the people are friendly. There are cabins, bed and breakfasts (such as Bowen Farms) and Lil’ Abner Hotel to stay the night, if you do not want to camp. If you want a break from hiking, there are swimming holes and ziplines to entertain you.
The Peace of Wild Things
When despair grows in me
and I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.