The United States Congress designated the Clifty Wilderness (map
) in 1985 and it now has a total of 12,371 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Kentucky
and is managed by the Forest Service.
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.