Feb 16-19, 2024 - MCJ on the KAT

We'll be snagging a cabin in the area and hitting the Kentucky Adventure Tour.

Here is a map if you want to download the coordinates and have them ready.

The Kentucky Adventure Tour is a 900+ mile loop (not counting the hard sections) around the hills and mountains of southeastern Kentucky. It is about 40% rural narrow twisty paved roads with the rest being gravel, dirt roads and trails. The route can be run in either direction, and you may choose to start at any location you like. Most adventurers tend to do portions of the route, but we recommend doing the entire track if you want to experienced Authentic Kentucky.

KAT Segment 1 (254 mi) Segment 1 travels from the Hindman area to just outside of the small village of Livingston. Much of this section of the route travels through the Daniel Boone National Forest, which contains numerous campgrounds and side trails to explore. The Red River Gorge Geological Area is definitely worth visiting, and provides numerous swimming, fishing, and boating opportunities. KAT Segment 2 (242 mi) Segment 2 travels from the Livingston to Newcomb, and also traverses through the Daniel Boone National Forest. The route also passes through the 125,000 acre Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Segments 1 and 2 of the KAT both provide numerous recreational opportunities, especially those involving water (boating, swimming, fishing, etc). KAT Segment 3 (215 mi)

Segment 3 passes through a combination of forest service roads and county roads and byways. This section does pass through the Cumberland Gap area, but recreational opportunities are fewer compared to segments 1 and 2, although we definitely recommend checking out Pineville Overlook and Chain Rock.

KAT Segment 4 (222 mi) This section of the route begins in the Clintwood, VA area, and makes it's way back across the Kentucky border and concludes near Hueysville. This segment travels primarily through county roads and byways. Please be mindful of private property, as dispersed camping opportunities on this segment will be far and few between.

Alternative Routes

The route features numerous "hard trails" along the route. If you're looking for something bit more technical and challenging, then you'll want to check these out!

Camping Recommendations

Dispersed camping is permitted in various areas within Daniel Boone National Forest. We encourage adventurers to take advantage of the exquisite wild camping, where permitted.

Discovery Points
  • DP1 - Southfork Elk view
  • DP2 - North Fork Kentucky River
  • DP3 - Nada Tunnel
  • DP4 - Red River Gorge Geological Area
  • DP5 - Red River Jump Rock
  • DP6 - Wildcat Battle Monument
  • DP7 - Natural Arches
  • DP8 - Laurel River Lake
  • DP9 - Dog Slaughter Falls
  • DP10 - Wagon Arch
  • DP11 - Yamacraw Historic Bridge
  • DP12 - Princess Falls
  • DP13 - Twin Arches
  • DP14 - Pickett Fire Tower
  • DP15 - Oscar Blevins Historic Farmstead
  • DP16 - East Rim Overlook
  • DP17 - Pineville Overlook
  • DP18 - Cumberland Gap
  • DP19 - Pinnacle Overlook
  • DP20 - Hensley Settlement
  • DP21 - Black Mountain
  • DP22 - Birch Knob Observation Tower
  • DP23 - Mill Rock Point Overlook
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From a bit of research I have done, there are sections of the KAT that are considered the HARD sections as briefly mentioned in the "Alternate Routes" section above. We need to dive into this and get a full route so that we can determine where our Basecamp Cabin will be.

If anyone can dive into the cabin situation on AirBnb, VRBO, ect. that would be great!
few houses available that say they sleep at least 10, can you guys take a look at these and let get some details together for them. updated list below
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We need to decide what sections we're trying to run. Briefly looking last night I think there's Hensley Settlement is near Harlan.

Once we know which ones we definitely want to do, pick close to hardest or somewhere centrally located?


So, I figure we want minimum of 5 bedrooms on this, here is the updated list:

Terrapin Station

Eagle View

Luxury Log Cabin


Red River Gorge-ous

These are all situated near Hard 11, which is on the list. Its near Slade and Natural Bridge. Any of these should work. Can you guys review them and lets discuss whats best?
Comparison sheet attached. Timberview and Red River both have 3 full baths, with one in Red River attached to King bedroom. Anne's Grande (log cabin) has the most rooms and beds. I didn't like the pics of the snow, but... :) You guys tell me. I am low maintenance, so the bathroom situation is up to you! Feb 16-19 KAT.jpg
Alright, I think we need to get a head count and people can prepay so we can snag this spot.

Kris do you want to send a google form out to ask? or how should we ask who is in? Post up here?