Red River Gorge, trail now set to reopen on May 22

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) —

Red River Gorge and Redbird Crest Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System are set to reopen earlier than planned, the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday.

Both areas are now set to open Friday, instead of June 3, the agency said in a statement.

“In light of the Governor’s decision to lift the travel ban on May 22, we felt we could move up the reopening of the Red River Gorge and Redbird Crest OHV Trail to the same date, while still emphasizing safety,” Daniel Boone National Forest Supervisor Dan Olsen said.

Most day-use sites, such as picnic areas and shooting ranges, as well as the White Sulphur Off Highway Vehicle Trail System are still scheduled to reopen June 3 and officials aim to open campgrounds on June 11, the statement said.

“We encourage you to go outside and enjoy the fresh air, but take extra steps to do this safely," Olsen said. “Be extra cautious and avoid high-risk activities that might require health care or rescue.”

Visitors should review current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with local and state guidelines for social distancing and cloth face coverings, the statement said.