Hidden Gems: Red River Gorge

Just two hours south of Cincinnati is the stunning area of Red River Gorge, Kentucky, which is bustling with wildlife, sandstone cliffs and arches, the roaring Red River and one of the area’s most famous landmarks: Nada Tunnel. This family-friendly area has easy trails to hike, recreational activities, and locally owned restaurants and shops.

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Nada Tunnel

Dappled Light Adventures

Glamping on your mind? Dappled Light Adventures has created a peaceful escape deep within the gorge on 50 acres of family-owned cliff hangs and forest. Rent one of five heavy-canvas glamping tents complete with a mattress, chairs and rugs, gorgeous canopy views, private front porch and more. 

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The Cabin at Dappled Light Adventures

The Dappled Light Cabin sleeps up to five and provides a bit more structure with a lofted bedroom, floor to ceiling windows, a remarkable peripheral window view, stove, coffee pot, refrigerator, newly renovated bathroom and incredible views of the cliffs just feet away. Spend your downtime on the wrap-around porch or explore the property’s many trails and water features. Parents: Don’t skip a walk across the colorful hanging tree nets, it’ll make you feel like a kid again! 

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The Gorge Underground

As far as recreation goes, The Gorge Underground knows how to put on a good adventure! Enter an old mine in full gear to kayak (age 5+) or boat (age 3+) around the dark underground cave. Upgrade to a crystal clear kayak with underwater LED lights and watch as the lights attract beautiful rainbow trout to swim around and under your vessel! 


Not a fan of boating in a dark cave? Stay outside among the trees and sandstone, and take a thrilling zipline tour, ride the famous sky lift to the top of Lookout Point with incredible views, take a climbing course, play mini-golf at Thrillsville, drive through the extraordinary Nada Tunnel and more! Time to refuel? Stop by the Daniel Boone Coffee Shop for locally made treats and lattes or grab deliciously smoked BBQ from Thatcher’s. 

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The Red River Gorge Geographical area in Slade, KY is a federally-designated National Geological Area and National Natural Landmark, find more information and how to get there here!

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