On Sunday October 25, 1970 thirty bicyclist from the Bluegrass Wheelmen, Louisville Wheelmen, and Cincinnati Wheelmen gathered at Natural Bridge State Resort Park to tour the Red River Gorge. The initial ride was 35 miles long and went through Nada Tunnel and the Red River Gorge. This bicycle tour of the Gorge was a trial run for a larger event to be held in the spring of 1971.
Today, the Red River Rally is Kentucky's oldest continuously organized bicycle event. Over the years the ride has grown into a two day ride. On the first day of the event, we still offer the initial 1970 route or a longer more challenging route that continues on to Beattyville before returning to Natural Bridge State Resort Park. On the second day we offer ride options that parallel the Red River in to Stanton and Clay City. And if you still have some energy left in your legs, there is also an option to climb Furnace Mountain.