December 31, 2017 at 2:52 pm #44499
Happy New Year’s Bruisers!
This past year I spent part of my family vacation in the Red River Gorge region of Kentucky and I think the area could make for a great club outing. Id like to feel out any interest in a new club event for this coming summer.
What: Kentucky Adventure Run
Where: Near Slade, KY
When: June? 2018
Why might the club be interested? Beautiful trails! The region around Slade, KY is home to the Daniel Boone National Forest, Natural Bridge state park, and most importantly to us, the Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway (DBBB). The DBBB is a 100-mile scenic loop through Kentucky’s backcountry that traverses a mix of terrain type, from tarmac to gravel road to water crossings and challenging off-road sections. The loop can be run all at once or split over multiple days given the ‘hub-and-spoke’ layout of the area. Ive had the opportunity to run ~3/5 of the trail so far and I cant wait to get back to finish the rest.
DBBB info and PDF map here: https://www.sfwda.org/dbbb/
Additionally, the 1000-mile Kentucky Adventure Tour (KAT) route includes this region in the northernmost section of their loop. This route shows some additional, more challenging trails in the area that could be done.
KAT info: http://forum.expeditionportal.com/threads/116377-The-Kentucky-Adventure-Tour-(KAT)-4×4-version
There is a regional 4×4 club that I am hoping to meet up with this spring to scout some other trails in the area that lead to fun destinations such as caves or scenic overlooks.
Accomodations: We have a few options.
Camping: There are several campgrounds in the area (Natural Bridge Campground and Callies Campground are recommended). Alternatively, we could do a cabin or Yurt rental, similar to past OBX trips. This would provide a great place to base out of for the trip and provide niceties such as laundry, full kitchen, wifi, and AC. Last summer we rented through Red River Gorge Cabin Rentals, and they have some great facilities with many larger cabins/Yurts that could meet our group needs. https://www.redrivergorgecabinrentals.com/ Bonus: There are also zipline and underground kayaking tours available. I highly recommend both!
Would there be any interest in a trip like this? If so, how many people, how long would we want to stay, and what timing would work best?
January 1, 2018 at 2:26 pm #44502MontagueParticipant
I’m interested. Depends on exactly what weekend, of course.
January 2, 2018 at 9:40 pm #44503gearwrenchParticipant
That looks like a fun time. Am interested as well.
January 4, 2018 at 9:17 pm #44524FreddieMacParticipant
would love to do this but have spent all of my vacation days on other plans. 2019 ?
January 4, 2018 at 9:23 pm #44525
We are 4 days into 2018 and you used them all?
January 5, 2018 at 9:26 am #44548Doug DobrynskiModerator
He only had three days saved up!
January 21, 2018 at 8:01 pm #44610
Any suggested weekends from those who are interested? If we want to go the cabin route, it would be good to book things early in the year if possible. Im planning to do some scouting in the area in March, so we will be guaranteed some fun trails and sights.
January 28, 2018 at 9:28 pm #44618MontagueParticipant
It’s amazing how fast the calendar fills up. The only weekend I have open in June now is the 9th and 10th. Actually, the 30th and July 1st would work for me as well, but that’s close to July 4th, which is busy for a lot of folks. Still, it might be a good time to go as well?
March 24, 2018 at 9:55 am #44669RickRockParticipant
Is this idea still alive??? I’d be interested.
March 25, 2018 at 8:45 pm #44670
It still could be a possibility if folks are interested. A few weekends ago I went to run the DBBB with a local club and had a blast. Lots of great scenery and a few fun challenging areas.
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