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Kentucky by Heart: Judy and Dan Dourson’s guide books offer unique look at Eastern Ky. plant life

Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist For Dan and Judy Dourson, the careful study of plant life is of great interest, particularly of such in eastern Kentucky. The most recent product of their work is now available in two detailed, well-researched guide books: Wildflowers and Ferns of Red River and the Greater Red River Basin and Wild Yet Tasty: A Guide to Edible Plants of Eastern Kentucky. Dan is a wildlife...

EKU researchers studying copperheads in Red River Gorge, seek to minimize human-snake interaction

They come from all over the country for the rock climbing, the hiking and, of course, the rugged, breathtaking scenery. But visitors to Kentucky’s Red River Gorge sometimes encounter copperhead snakes when they interact with the environment. Funded primarily by grants from the U.S. Forest Service and the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, a team of Eastern Kentucky...

Cliffview Resort opens pair of new lodges in Red River Gorge

Cliffview Resort in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge is now taking reservations online for its two new lodges, The Lakeside and The Retreat, both perfect for corporate retreats. The new lodges offer everything a business team needs for productive meetings, teambuilding activities, relaxing and recharging. This natural escape in the Daniel Boone National Forest is just 2 1/2 hours or less from Lexington,...

Miguel’s Pizza — where climbers from around the world go as they make their way to Red River Gorge

By Claire A. Johnson KyForward intern Drive through east-central Kentucky and you likely will encounter a smiling face with flowing golden hair resembling the sun on bumper stickers, shirts and tank tops. Head toward the Red River Gorge in Powell County and you’ll find that image attached to its home. The logo belongs to the iconic Miguel’s Pizza and Climb Shop, which for years has greeted...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Hidden treasure Muir Valley provides climbers a safe place to explore gorge

Liz and Rick Weber have carved out a climber’s paradise with the help of the Friends of Muir Valley. This hidden treasure is carefully managed to provide climbers a safe and satisfying place to come year round to challenge themselves on the cliffs of the Red River Gorge. Produced by WKU PBS Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is...

Jaw dropping gorgeous: John Snell’s Red River Gorge — his home away from home

Red River Gorge – My Second Home is the perfect way to reflect and appreciate one of Kentucky’s most wonderful treasures. In his second book on the Gorge, Lexington photographer John W. Snell, enables readers to experience one of the “most special places” in America. Some images are snapshots but most represent the author’s “attempt to present new and unique vignettes of...

Get Out! There’s no reason to be stuck inside with Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Games

  Kentucky’s ‘great outdoors’ offers many recreational opportunities. (RussellFork.info photo)   The Bluegrass State’s many outdoor recreational activities will be highlighted this October during a series of competitive events called the Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Games.   The 13 events will be held in locations across the state and include fishing tournaments, archery,...

See KY: Just as Daniel Boone did, adventurers flock to state’s eastern highlands south region

Cumberland Falls is just one of the highlights found in Daniel Boone’s former stomping grounds in Kentucky’s Eastern Highlands South region (Stateparks.com Photo)   Mountains, forests, ancient stone arches, raw beauty.   This is exactly the place one would expect to find pioneer and coal-mining history alongside outdoor adventures like whitewater rafting, rock climbing, zip lining, hiking,...

Betsy Waters: Looking for family-friendly ways to get fit? Here are a few to get started

  There is no better time than right now to enjoy getting fit with your family. And to prove it, I’ve compiled a list of some great ways you and your family can get fit – and have fun at the same time.   Take a run   One great family friendly event coming up is the PTA 5K on Oct. 20 at Coldstream Park. The 5K is open to everyone and when you register you can select any school...

JSH’s KY: Five ideal Kentucky locations for
a semi-long-distance commute to Lexington

At one point or another in my meandering life, I’ve spent quality time in most of the Commonwealth’s cities. Over the years, I’ve found that certain areas are more advantageous than others when shlepping back and forth to my beloved Lexington. If one must live elsewhere while working in Lexington (but hey, who wouldn’t want to live in Lexington, anyway?) I list here for your...