Kentucky's Red River Gorge Temporarily Closed Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

A reopening date has not yet been announced

Mar 27, 2020 at 1:52 pm
click to enlarge Red River Gorge - Photo by Karen Roussel
Photo by Karen Roussel
Red River Gorge

The Daniel Boone National Forest announced on Friday, March 27 that they have temporarily closed public access to the Red River Gorge, in addition to multiple recreation areas throughout the forest. 

"Our decision to shut down recreation areas is in compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for social distancing, as well as current Kentucky state orders to help protect health and safety,” said Forest Supervisor Dan Olsen in a press release. “In addition to employee and visitor safety, we are committed to serving in the best interest of our local communities and the local residents who live near or adjacent to national forest lands.”

Effective immediately, all backcountry camping, trails and roads within the national forest lands are temporarily shut down, in addition to campgrounds, picnic areas and shooting ranges. 

According to the press release, there are still several trails and forest areas outside of Red River Gorge that are still open to traverse, as well as boat ramps at Cave Run Lake and Laurel River Lake, with open lake access. 

A reopening date for the park has not yet been announced. 

Here's a list of what's open and what's not at Daniel Boone National Forest

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