The Rivers and Natural Bridges is a semi-fixed-base hike and bike ride that begins in Bellevue KY, a small river city just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati OH, and ends at Natural Bridge State Park in Slade KY, during October’s peak autumn colors. We will be following the Ohio River, Licking River and the Red River through urban, suburban and rural regions of Ohio and Kentucky, experiencing historic sights, pastoral river scenic byways, and thickly wooded areas of the Daniel Boone National Forest. There will be guided tours of Cincinnati’s Heritage Brewery District, a tour of the Blue Licks Battlefield by canoe, and a hike or bike day in Red River Gorge’s Natural Bridge State Park featuring a “natural bridge” sandstone arch. The arch is 78 feet long, 65 feet high, 12 feet thick and 20 feet wide, and some geologists believe it to be over a million years old.
There will be five required riding days, two optional riding days and one canoe/hiking day. The required days include a short 24 mile loop in the Cincinnati area, Bellevue to Augusta KY (home of Rosemary and George Clooney), Augusta to Blue Licks Battlefield (where Daniel Boone’s son was killed in a post-revolutionary battle), Blue Licks to Morehead, then Morehead to the Red River Gorge.
We will be staying in Blue Licks for two nights and will occupy ourselves with a canoe and walking tour of the “Last Battle of the Rev… (Join People Cycling to read more)