Red, Kentucky, US
KY 746 to KY 715 (10.3 miles) (Upper Red)
||III (for normal flows)
Falls of Red River
Falls of Red RiverPhoto by Ben Culbertson
The Upper Red is a beautiful stretch of river which flows through the remote Clifty Wilderness
Area of the Red River Gorge. There are often cliffs on both sides, and going around one bend
you'll paddle underneath a rock amphitheater.
The difficulty level of this river varies a lot depending on water level. At low flows the river
is suitable for advanced beginning kayakers. Tight maneuvering through boulders is required
though, which would be difficult for a canoe. At high flows the rapids become more
straightforward to navigate, though they are pushy and powerful, and some holes need to be
avoided. Some rapids will need to be scouted because they disappear around a bend.
For more information, see Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to KY.
Karl Whipp testifies:
The Red River Gorge has a VERY tight upper section that requires a LOT of water (not a very
large drainage) and is a class III run with a few nice ledges, etc. EXTREMELY remote. Once you're
in, the only way out is downriver.
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Last Updated: 2004-04-26 09:03:16