Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Backpacking Trek Ideas
Re: Backpacking Trek Ideas
David & Robin Fowler
Sun, 19 Dec 1999 20:11:23 -0600
Well actually there are TWO Red Rivers in the great commonwealth of
Kentucky. The smaller, less well known one is located in Logan County, the
county next to mine, although it originates in my beautiful county of
Simpson, birthplace of one of the heroes of the Alamo, Jim Bowie. It flows
for approximately 33 miles before entering Tennessee. (Class I)
The other Red River is much larger and therefore more well know. It is
located southwest of Lexington, originating in Wolfe County. It flows
northwest through Powell County, then along the county line of Estill and
Clark Counties before emptying into the Kentucky River. The river flows
though the Daniel Boone National Forrest and runs approximately 67 miles.
The Upper Red River has Class II & III whitewater winding among boulders and
beneath cavernous overhangs. Many believe that the river and the gorge
that it flows through is some of the most spectacular canoeing waters
anywhere in the eastern United States. The river gained national notoriety
in the 1970's when Kentuckians and conservationists successfully fought the
Army Corps of Engineers over the building of a dam. Hope this helps.
>There's a Red River in KENTUCKY!?! WHERE?