Michael and I just got back from a super fun week in Kentucky. We flew into Louisville to spend a night at his parents house, then drove East towards Red River Gorge. RRG is an area inside the Daniel Boone National Forest — it’s covered in trees and there are lots of cliffs and rock formations.
One of my friend’s from college was getting married at Red River Gorge, so we booked a cabin there and made a fun trip out of it.
We had a BLAST. I’m going to fill y’all in on what RRG is like, and where we stayed + ate. Also, linking all my outfit details at the very end of this post.
^^^Michael copying my signature leg pop on the right LOL.
Okay so, a few things you should know about Red River Gorge before you go:
- It’s only about an hour from Lexington, and two hours from Louisville.
- It’s COUNTRY out there folks. No grocery stores. The gas stations have only a few grocery essentials and alcohol. Make sure you haul in any food + drink items you have to have!
- Red River Gorge is big rock climbing country.
- Bring bug spray !!!
where to stay
There are no hotels in Red River Gorge — so cabins are your best bet. Of course, there’s also camping. There are a TON of cabins available, with many different cabin companies offering rentals.
We booked the cabin we stayed at via Airbnb, but it’s also cross-listed and managed with one of the local management companies. You can book the cabin we stayed at HERE.
The cabin we stayed at was beyond gorgeous, newly built, and overlooking a cliff with killer views. Also, it has a hot tub and a fire pit. If you book it, the only word of caution I have is to bring your own basic essentials.
where to eat
I was surprised by how many cool, local places there are to eat at!
Our first night in town, we ate at Sky Bridge Station. They have local beer and a pretty large menu, with lots of options you’d typically find in a bar. Michael got a burger, I got one of their nacho plates (SO GOOD & so big they’re def a full meal), and one of our friends got a quesadilla.
The vibes at Sky Bridge Station are amazing. It’s really like a little oasis tucked on the side of a quiet country road.
On our second day in RRG we ate at Miguel’s Pizza. We had heard how good Miguel’s Pizza was from literally everyone. We were driving through Versailles, KY and stopped into an information center for a hot second. Once we told the folks at the welcome center we were heading down to Red River Gorge they were ADAMANT we go to Miguel’s.
So, we went, and it was SO GOOD. I know I’m saying that about all the food we ate….because it’s true.
The vibes at Miguel’s are, *shocker*, really cool as well. It’s a large complex with plenty of seating. Tons of great people watching as you get to see lots of motorcycle groups ride in and out.
For dinner on Saturday night we were at my friends wedding — it was a magical forest wedding at Hemlock Springs. Such a gorgeous venue. Everything was literally perfect. We had dinner + lots of bourbon there (not a restaurant so I can’t link it for you guys, sorry!).
On our last morning we were in a hurry to meet my family for a day of touring in Frankfort so we peaced out fairly quickly and had leftover Miguel’s pizza for breakfast #healthy.
what to do
Okay let’s break it down…
HIKING. There’s so much good hiking. We only had time for one short hike. We hiked the Natural Bridge Trail. I’d say it’s one of the more iconic trails in Red River Gorge. It’s only about a mile in and a mile out, not too long but it’s a pretty good incline. The focal point of the trail is a “natural bridge” made entirely out of natural rock. It’s pretty wild. Highly recommend if you want to get a quick hike in!
ROCK CLIMBING. Going to be honest…I know nothing about rock climbing. But I DO know that Red River Gorge has some incredible rock climbing opportunities. Google at will here ppl.
OFF-ROADING. Pretty much wherever Michael and I travel to, I’m on the hunt for off-roading opportunities. Turns out this area is known for really good off-roading. Hollerwood Park is a massive off-roading park just minutes from RRG.
OTHER ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES. There are lots of pay-to-play adventure activities you can book through independent companies like kayaking, ziplining, horsebackriding, etc.
We were in Red River Gorge from Friday – Sunday and wish we had more time! There’s SO much to do in this area. Can’t wait to go back. If y’all have any Q’s, please let me know. Thanks so much for reading.