The Red is by far one of the easiest climbing areas to find camping and lodging accommodations, several climber campgrounds and plethora of cabins rentals options exist to fit the needs of most. Here’s a list of our favorites!
Author: Erik Kloeker
The most popular climber campground, Miguel’s is a good option for those looking for an inexpensive communal camping area, at the center of the climbing community. During the busy season one can expect the campground to be crowded, and peace and quiet scarce. Miguel’s currently charges ~$3 per person a night, register at the Miguel’s gear shop.
Lago Linda’s is a great option for those looking for car camping and a bit of privacy, Lago’s is best suited for those who plan to climb primarily in the Southern Region, since it is located 10 minutes from the PMRP and Bald Rock Fork Crags. Expect a longer drive for crags in the Northern Gorge. Currently $6 a person per night, with free showers.
One can purchase a backcountry camping pass for a few dollars a night which allows overnight camping in the Daniel Boone National Forest and Clifty Wilderness Areas (The Northern Gorge.) Passes are available at the Shell Gas Station in Slade and the Glady Visitor Center, among other places.
There are too many cabin options to list, but a short internet search will reveal a plethora of cabin’s at all price points for those who prefer to live luxuriously.
As of June 2018, there is no overnight parking allowed on any Coalition properties (PMRP, BRRP, MFRP). Primitive camping is apparently allowed, just as long as you do not park a car there (i.e. dropped off or hike in).
Several non-climber oriented campgrounds exist for those seeking a more family oriented experience, or for those seeking RV hookups. These include Koomer Ridge Campground, run by the National Forest Service, Middle Fork RV Campground and Whittleton Campground which are run by the Natural Bridge State Park, Callie’s RV Campground in Stanton, among others.
Cabins, Hotels, and Hostels:
We recommend airbnb to find small businesses and individuals renting out their house or private cabin. These rentals tend to be a bit more quaint and secluded with a more personal touch than found with the larger rental companies. They can also come at a better bargain!
Red River Gorgeous is a great choice if you’re looking for one of the few cabins actually located within the Daniel Boone National Forest. They also offer a number of amazing tree house cabins built by our friends Django Kroner and the Canopy Crew.
Located conveniently on 2016 on your way to Muir Valley, and centrally located to the rest of Red River Gorge, Bedrock offers private rooms and a community bunk house with a large upscale communal living space and friendly hosts.
Choclat Inn is a hip climber owned motel, in an old renovated strip motel. In addition to lodging, they specialize in boutique sweets and treats available in their cafe.