Two Weekends on Ravens Rock

Two Weekends on Ravens Rock in Red River Gorge

My two previous weekends have been spent on top of an amazing rock formation located in Kentucky's Red River Gorge; Ravens Rock. This large rock formation can be seen throughout The Gorge (especially from Auxier Ridge), but people seldom go up there and take advantage of its breathtaking views. This means that Ravens Rock is a great place to find some solitude! I visited Ravens on two separate trips, a quick trip to photograph the sunset, and an overnight where I photographed the sunset, milky way, and the sunrise.

I should also mention that if you're interested in doing a trip like this yourself, you can check out my free trail guide to hiking Raven's Rock

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Top 5 Unofficial Hikes in Red River Gorge

By now you probably wouldn't be surprised to hear me say that Kentucky's Red River Gorge is one of my favorite places to spend some time! I've spent countless hours exploring the plethora of trails, sandstone arches, waterfalls and breathtaking vistas over the years. Recently, however, I've been finding enjoyment in exploring off the beaten path in The Gorge. You see, the Red River Gorge is just full of unofficial hikes that will take you off the officially maintained trails to some amazing places. It is, in my opinion, the best way to find adventure and solitude in our ever-crowded Gorge!
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Swift Camp Creek Solo Overnight

A Solo Overnight Along Swift Camp Creek and My Thoughts on Hammock Camping

Over the past few months, I have been acquiring some new gear. I've been quite anxious to get out into the woods to try it all out. Most of all, I've been wanting to try out my hammock setup. I finally got a chance to get out for a quick, solo overnight. I decided to head on down to one of my favorite spots: Red River Gorge. Based off a suggestion from the guy that runs the HikingRRG Instagram account (And, of course, the HikingRRG Guide Service), I headed on down to the Swift Camp Creek, located in the Clifty Wilderness.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lg7vDWrsno

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5 Must See Waterfalls in Kentucky

5 Must See Waterfalls in Kentucky

Kentucky is a state that's just teeming with natural beauty. Among the many impressive natural wonders the state has to offer are a plethora of waterfalls. There are truly too many waterfalls to even mention here, so to keep things simple here is my list of 5 must-see waterfalls in the state of Kentucky.

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Jailhouse Rock Red River Gorge

Jailhouse Rock and Unofficial Arches - A Red River Gorge Day Hike

Here lately I've been extremely caught up working on some software development projects. I decided it was finally time to get out on another adventure! This time I would simply be heading down to The Gorge after work and doing a quick day hike. The plan was to hit up Jailhouse Rock, Stargap Arch, and possible another unofficial arch or two, depending on how I did on time. Along the way, I made an unexpected discovery...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVwagch1Gnw

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Climbing Mount Leconte

Climbing Mt. Leconte Via Alum Cave Trail - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Remember a few months ago when snow spoiled my plans to climb Mt. Leconte in The Smokies? Well, I decided it was finally time to go back and conquer the mountain! I reserved the hotel, made the 4 and a half hour drive down to Tennessee and prepared to complete the hike the following day, which was Saturday. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXNacvXcx1E

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Auxier Ridge Sunset

Photographing a Red River Gorge Sunset

I suppose you could say I'm a bit of a spontaneous guy. I tend to come up with ideas at the last minute and just sort of act on them. Some of my best adventures have been the result of coming up with an idea, grabbing a pack and just going. This trip was one of those spur-of-the-moment ideas. The plan was simple, drive to Red River Gorge, hike onto Auxier Ridge, and photograph the sunset. How hard could that be?!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Znr-SvbsuMk

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Trip Log for 17 Miles in The Red River Gorge

 Red River Gorge Panorama. 

NOTE: This is a copy of an old post that appeared on the original Serial Photog blog. I’m in the process of moving these old posts over to this blog for archival purposes. Please let me know if you notice any issues with these archived posts!

This past Saturday (April 4, 2015) I did a 17-mile hike through the heart of Kentucky's Red River Gorge. This trip was originally meant to be a 2-day adventure, but that's not quite how things worked out. The trip presented its own set of challenges, but at the end of the day it was a great time. This post will outline the 17-mile adventure.

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