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Red Byrd Arch

Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve
Black Mountain, Kentucky
Pine Mountain State Resort Park
Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine visits the Red River Gorge
Rockcastle Narrows
The Appalachian Trail
Big South Fork Honey Creek Loop
Ledford Arches RRG
Pine Mountain, KY
Yellowbank Wildlife Management Area
Kentuckiana Caves
Red River Gorge Trails & map
Big South Fork
Otter Creek - Outdoor Recreation Area
Cumberland Gap NHP
Mammoth Cave National Park
Red Byrd Arch
Cumberland Falls and area
Lost River Cave
My Old Kentucky Home lyrics and mp3
Cloud Splitter
Mantle Rock
Cumberland Falls Moonbow Trail
Indian Staircase 10-21-04
Natural Bridge...Slade, KY
Auxier Ridge, Double, Star Gap, Gray's, and Rock Bridge Arches
Timmon's and Adena Arches
Swift Camp Creek Trail
Other landmarks in Red River Gorge
Tioga Falls/Bridges to the past
Carter Caves State Resort Park
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
Bernheim Forest - Clermont, KY
Vernon-Douglas State Nature Preserve
Red Byrd Arch trip Via Ridgetop ...12-20-08 trip report
A Creek Runs through it


On Wednesday, December 14th I finally made it out to Red Byrd Arch. It lies deep within the Clifty Wilderness in the Red River Gorge. Most everyone who goes there takes a route that parallels the Red River itself. It includes a creek crossing and a Red River crossing as well. That in itself limits the time of year this can be done. The less traveled path includes a pathless ridge top crossing. Coming off the ridge into the Rhododendron filled ravines make this like finding a needle in a haystack. On this day I struck gold. Not only did I find the Arch,via ridge top, I also enjoyed the beauty of a snow decorated forest.


An old forest road provided an entry into the area.


Per advance planning, this was the way into the woods...sorry no trail.


Blow downs...God I hate blow downs.


Red Byrd Arch. Through blow downs and Rhododendron was all worth it.


Red Byrd from the other side. As you can see it is well hiden. Many looking for it often it walk right past it.


Just a short walk from the arch are Red Byrd Peep Site and Shelf.