Clifty Wilderness is a rugged area characterized by miles of high cliffs, steep valleys, numerous sandstone arches, rock shelters and boulder-strewn creeks. This Wilderness is located within the scenic Red River Gorge Geological Area, where cliffs tower 200 feet above the mature hemlocks, hardwoods and rhododendron thickets. This unusual geology has created an environment for abundant wildlife and more than 750 flowering plants. An added feature of this Wilderness is the Red River, a National Wild and Scenic River that bisects the Wilderness. Backpacking, primitive camping, canoeing, fishing and hunting are popular activities in Clifty Wilderness.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Clifty Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.
Kentucky Wilderness Act of 1985 - Public law 99-197 (12/23/1985) To designate certain national forest system lands in the state of Kentucky for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System, to release other forest lands for multiple use management, and for other purposes