From The Raven's Eye
Red River Gorge Geological Area
Daniel Boone National Forest
One of the best views in Kentucky's Red River Gorge is from high atop on Raven's Rock and I'll tell you what, for somebody as out of shape as I am it's one hell of a hike and it's soooo worth it! For the most part it's paved, but with a 500 ft elevation gain in under a mile it's a real leg burner, however once to the top you're exposed to a large flat partial-bald with views on nearly all 4 sides. Surrounded by a railing all the way around, and correct me if I'm wrong, but I read that several years ago (1977ish) the road was built so cars could access the top because is was going to be developed as a place for folks to go hang gliding. From what I understand even a concession stand had been built too. On the first day the first person to attempt a glide leaped to his death. The following day a second person attempted a glide and that person fell to their death as well. So that was that and it was closed. All that remains is a railing, a foundation and a crumbling steep road. I still can't believe that cars from that era drove up that road back when it was first built. Such were the thoughts I pondered as a brisk winter wind blew and snow squalls danced above the landscape.