Plan your Red River Gorge Getaway at Cliffview Resort

I love any excuse to visit the Red River Gorge in Eastern Kentucky. When our family was invited to stay at Cliffview Resort near Red River Gorge it was a no-brainer.

My previous experience at Cliffview Resort was from a stay at the lodge 20+ years during our first year of marriage. I was excited to see what had changed and to also bring our boys with us this time.

scenic lake at Cliffview Resort in Eastern Ky

One of the first things that you will notice about the property is that you truly feel like you get away…but in the best kind of way. 

Cliffview Resort is conveniently located near other area attractions including Natural Bridge State Park and Red River Gorge.

mother deer and baby deer at Cliffview Resort

What I love about a visit to the Gorge is just how it helps us slow down and connect with nature.

We were off to a good start when we noticed this mama deer and her baby a few times on our drive back to Cliff View Lodge.

the Lodge at Cliffview Resort Red River Gorge

Lodging Options at Cliffview Resort Near Red River Gorge

Cliffview Resort can accommodate a variety of guest sizes and preferences.

Located 10 minutes from Natural Bridge State Park, Cliffview Resort’s location is both convenient to area attractions.

It’s also easy to get to at less than 10 miles from Exit 33 for KY-11 toward Slade/Beattyville.

arch for weddings at Cliffview Resort

Surrounded by beautiful views, Cliffview Resort is also a popular location for a destination wedding.

Red River Gorge Cabin Rentals at Cliffview Resort

There are a few lodging options to choose from during a stay at Cliffview Resort:

“The Retreat”- a 5700 sq ft private cabin with 11 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, a full giant kitchen, theatre room, game room, and 2 super-size hot tubs.

“The Lakeside”- 5,700+ sqft private luxury cabin available for rent in Red River Gorge that sleeps up to 50 with 12 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, a full kitchen, theatre room, game room, 2 super-size hot tubs, and lake access,

“The Lodge” (more on that option next.)

The Lodge at Cliffview Resort in Kentucky

Guest Rooms at The Lodge at Cliffview Resort

The 7000 sq ft Lodge at Cliffview Resort has 16 bedrooms that can sleep up to 64 people.

Guests have access to a full kitchen which makes it perfect for big groups if you want to rent it out or you can just enjoy staying in an individual room.

guest room at Cliffview Lodge

Inside a Guest Room at the Lodge at Cliffview Resort

Our room was one of the 15 rooms available at the Lodge with two (2) queen-size beds and a private bathroom.

Guest Rooms at The Lodge at Cliffview Resort

There is one King Suite with a king-size bed and a queen-sized futon.

bathroom at Guest Room at The Lodge at Cliffview Resort
back porch of the Lodge at Cliffview Resort near Red River Gorge
swing on the back porch at the Lodge at Cliffview Resort

I loved spending time on the porch swing of the giant back deck outside of my room.

It was so peaceful to look out at the nature around me while enjoying my coffee before everyone else in my family woke up.

Cliffview Resort Red River Gorge
Cliffview Resort at night

It was also really nice to slow down and just sit on the swings and talk with views of the moon.

breakfast at the Lodge at Cliffview Resort

Breakfast at the Lodge at Cliffview Resort

Included with your stay at the lodge, you will find a nice selection for their continental breakfast.

breakfast at the Lodge at Cliffview Resort

There is a little bit of something for everyone which should make even the pickiest of eaters happy.

Overhang Tavern Cliffview Resort

Lunch at the Overhang Tavern

457 Cliffview Rd, Campton, KY

The Overhang Tavern is located on property at Cliffview Resort next to the building that you check into for ziplining.

burger at Overhang Tavern

You’ll find lots of great options from burgers to salads perfect for a pre or post zipline meal.

scenic view at Cliffview Resort

Top Things to Do at Cliffview Resort

fishing at Cliffview Resort in Kentucky

Go Fishing Onsite

Fishing is something that is talked about often in our family but for whatever reason, we don’t do it very often.

fishing at Cliffview Resort in Kentucky

Cliffview Resort took away all the excuses.

We had nothing but time…. and nowhere that we had to go allowing us to slow down and enjoy the simple things.

catch and release fishing at Cliffview Resort

The fishing at Cliffview Resort is catch and release and the resort has fishing poles for guests to use along with the live bait.

You also don’t need a fishing license if you are only fishing on the property.

teenager catch and release fishing at Cliffview Resort

The boys loved it. In fact, they went fishing several times during our stay which was really nice.

family playing cornhole at Cliffview Resort

Play Games Together

Cliffview Resort has outdoor and indoor games available for guests to use during their stay.

We enjoyed challenging each other to a few games of cornhole and ladder ball.

You’ll also find an assortment of board games and DVDs for guests to use.

There are plenty of tables near the kitchen and on the porch, if you want to gather with your group to play cards or make some new friends.

Sit by the Campfire

There is a firepit with some seating that’s available for guests to use during their stay if you want to roast marshmallows or relax by the fire.

Red River Gorge Zipline in Kentucky

Red River Gorge Zipline at Cliffview Resort

Zipline Across The Gorge that you can see from The Lodge at Cliffview Resort.

Red River Gorge Zipline is located on property at Cliffview Resort which means that you don’t have to travel far for an awesome adventure.

There is no age limit to zipline but you must weigh between 70 and 250 lbs. 

Red River Gorge Zipline

The course takes you on 5 zip lines through Red River Gorge and it’s recommended that you make reservations in advance if you have a specific day and time in mind.

We were scheduled to zipline on the last day of our visit but a storm blew in that delayed our tour.

We are definitely looking forward to coming back at another time to cross that adventure off our list. 

community pool at Natural Bridge State Park

Where you can swim at Red River Gorge

swimming pond at Cliffview Resort

Where to swim at Cliffview Resort

Cliffview Resort does not have a swimming pool but they do have a pond on-site that you can swim in.

A word of caution if you are fishing, make sure that you check your pockets before you sit down… son and husband ended up swimming in search of something that fell out of his pocket.

They didn’t find it, but they did find several cell phones from previous guests in the water.

community pool at Natural Bridge State Park

Public pool at Natural Bridge State Park

If you prefer to swim in a pool, your best option is to go swimming at the public pool located at Natural Bridge State Resort Park located at 2135 Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY.

community pool at Natural Bridge State Park

Pricing for the General public is $5 per adult and $3 per child ages 3-12.

The pool is open daily from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (pricing accurate at the time of posting- Call to confirm hours and pricing (606) 663-2214)

community pool at Natural Bridge State Park

There is a zero-depth entry for the pool in addition to a kiddie pool for younger guests.

The pool has lots of lounge chairs and changing rooms available for guests.

Mill Creek Lake Red River Gorge

Go Wading in the Creek Area at Mill Creek Lake

2135 Natural Bridge Road, Slade,  KY 

Mill Creek Lake Red River Gorge
kayak rentals at Mill Creek Lake Red River Gorge

Although the lake only allows fishing and light boating (You can rent kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards at Mill Creek Lake)

fishing at Mill Creek Lake
Mill Creek Lake Red River Gorge

Mill Creek Lake can be a fun spot to cool off if you just want to wade or play in the creek that feeds off of the lake.

Jump Rock swimming hole Red River Gorge Ky

A Popular Swimming Hole at Red River Gorge

If you prefer a swimming hole, a popular spot is Jump Rock located off of the Sheltowee Trace Suspension Bridge Trail.

I would definitely recommend checking the depth below before you even consider making the jump.

kids playing in Creation Falls waterfall at Red River Gorge

A Beautiful Waterfall at Red River Gorge

Creation Falls is another hidden gem at Red River Gorge. The waterfall is located on the Rock Bridge Trail loop in the Cumberland Ranger District in the Red River Gorge.

Things to Do Near Cliffview Resort

Natural Bridge in Kentucky

Natural Bridge State Park KY

Located 10 minutes from Cliffview Resort, you will definitely want to check out this natural wonder while you are in the area.

You can take a chair lift to Natural Bridge or hike the trail to the top.

Hoedown Island at Natural Bridge State Park

Check out the Natural Bridge Hoedown dance

Trust me when I say that this is worth checking out! We took students to the Hoedown dance over 15 years ago and it’s still legendary.

There are bleachers if you want to spectate or rest for a bit but I promise it’s WAY more FUN if you let loose and actually join in…no matter what skill level of dancer you are.

Every Saturday evening from the beginning of May to October you can join in on the family-friendly fun with a variety of dances from square and line dancing along with clogging.

If you don’t know the moves, don’t worry, the dance caller can help you out when it’s time to square dance.

Kids 12 and under are free and 13 and up are $3 pp. The warm-up dance is at 6:30 followed by the regular dance starting at 7:30.

Nada Tunnel Red River Gorge Kentucky

Drive through Nada Tunnel

20 Nada Tunnel Rd, Stanton, KY

This former railroad tunnel was built in the early 1900s and there is only enough room for one vehicle to pass through at a time in this 900 ft. tunnel.

Go Hiking in the Daniel Boone National Forest 

You’ll find 600 miles of trails to discover when you visit Red River Gorge with hikes and climbs for all fitness levels.

Local Area Restaurants at Red River Gorge

pizza at Miguels Pizza at Red River Gorge

Miguels Pizza

1890 Natural Bridge Rd, Slade, KY

A popular spot for hikers and rock climbers, Miguels Pizza is THE place to go for made to order pizza.

Guests customize their menu selections by choosing from 50 toppings for a custom pizza, salad, pasta, or sandwich on an order slip and no order is complete without an Ale-8-One to drink.

Red River RockHouse Cafe

Red River Rockhouse

4000 KY-11, Campton, KY

This restaurant is family-owned and sources its food from local farmers and artisans. This is a great stop for burgers made from grass-fed cows, regular and sweet potato fries, and delicious burritos.

porch area The Lodge at Cliffview Resort

More Information on Cliffview Resort and Cabins

455 Cliffview Rd, Campton, KY

Call (888) 596-0525 or book a room at the Cliffview Resort website.

We had such a great visit and now it’s time to share the love of Cliffview Resort with another family.

Thanks again to Cliffview Resort for hosting our visit and providing a giveaway for my readers!

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  1. May husband, kids and I just got back from Red River Gorge as a small family getaway. And we LOVED it . My husband and I were just talking about planning another trip just the 2 of us so we can explore a little more(we were very limited to what we could do with 3 small children). This sounds wonderful, what a really nice relaxing place.

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