USFS Temporarily Closes Portions of RRG Geologic Area

June 28th, 2010 by Paul Vidal

Areas in the RRG are closed to protect visitor safety

In response to a black bear attack the US Forest Service has temporarily closed the Red River Gorge Gorge Geologic Area. This affects all Red River Gorge proper crags except those located in the Indian Creek drainage plus Long Wall, Fortress Wall, and Phantasia that remain open. Crags affected by the closure include, but are not limited to – Funk Rock City, Wall of Denial, Sky Bridge Ridge, the Small Walls, Frenchburg Overhangs, Military Wall, Left Flank, and Raven Rock.

This is a temporary closure and we will spread the word when the US Forest Service and officials notify the community that the area has been reopened.

Check out the full news brief after the break..

Black bear attack prompts temporary closure of Red River Gorge Geological Area

WINCHESTER, Ky., June 28, 2010 – On Sunday, June 27, the Daniel Boone National Forest issued a temporary emergency closure of the Red River Gorge Geological Area. The closure resulted after a hiker was attacked by a black bear. The closed area includes all national forest system lands north of Natural Bridge State Resort Park to U.S. Highway 460 in Menifee, Powell and Wolfe counties. The area will remain closed until further notice.

“Public safety is our highest priority,” said Forest Supervisor Frank Beum. “We are coordinating this temporary closure with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The officials with that agency will help us determine when the gorge can be reopened to the

“Anyone who sees a black bear in the Red River Gorge vicinity is encouraged to call 1-800-25-ALERT to report the sighting,” said Beum.

For more information about the closure, contact the Cumberland Ranger District at 606-784-6428 or the Gladie Center at 606-663-8100.

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4 Responses to “USFS Temporarily Closes Portions of RRG Geologic Area”

  1. mike Says:

    does indian creek drainage include pistol ridge?

  2. Rob Says:

    Hey can anybody tell me if the southern gorge is closed?

  3. Bill Says:

    In regards to the guidebook terminology the Tunnel Ridge Road, Middle Gorge, Upper Gorge, Eastern Gorge, and Gray’s Branch Regions are affected by the closure. In the Northern Gorge Region, only Fortress Wall and Phantasia are outside of the closure area and remain accessible. Hopefully the closure will be lifted by the 4th of July holiday weekend. As soon as any new info is received from the Forest Service it will be posted. But until then the closure remains in effect.

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