The Red River Gorge is a canyon system in Kentucky, about 50 miles (80 km) southeast of downtown Lexington. The gorge lies within the Daniel Boone National Forest, and its intricate geology with an abundance of sandstone cliffs, rock shelters, waterfalls and natural bridges, has turned the area in one of the world’s top rock-climbing destinations. Red River Gorge is open all year and around-the-clock; hiking opportunities are available and camping is allowed. A stargazer shared the following with EarthSky: “The area is a canyon system on the Red River, with very clear open cliff faces jutting out from the edges over the gorge and many different natural bridges facing out into the canyon as well. There are very few, if any, large light sources to dim the night sky.”
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