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This is a privately owned area, you will need to sign a waiver. It is a great place to climb away from the crowds normally associated with the Red River Gorge. The Cathedral Domain Climbing Area (CDCA) is a newly established and still growing facility. Feel Free to Donate and help us grow and establish better trails and Facilities.

More information, including the rules for climbing in the CDCA, can be found at www.cathedraldomain.org/rock-domain

Getting There

From Lexington- Take 75S to Richmond take exit 90B Irvine exit. follow Richmond bypass 4.2 miles turn left on 52 towards Irvine. (Continue below)
From Richmond-(31miles) take KY 52 towards Irvine follow 52 into Irvine you will veer right ( stay straight) onto 1571 Michaels restaurant is on left. you will go under railroad (one lane Tunnel) then turn left go across one lane bridge drive 5.6 miles road dead ends turn right on 52 towards Beattyville drive 4 miles turn left on 1746 you will see signs.
From Miguel's-(18miles) Turn left out of parking lot onto hwy 11. drive 7 miles then turn right on 1036 drive 11 miles (road turns into one lane and gravel then back to blacktop) it dead ends on 1746 look left and you see sign for climbing.
From Beattyville- (11miles) Go west on 52 towards Irvine, drive 11 miles turn right on 1746. (Or take 11 north towards Natural Bridge turn Left on 498 follow PMRP directions below)
From PMRP-(10miles) turn right on 498 drive til dead end turn right on 52 drive 6.5 miles turn right on 1746

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Jason Halladay
Los Alamos, NM
Jason Halladay   Los Alamos, NM  
Eric Angel
Eric Angel   Virginia
The Domain has plenty of good routes that are well bolted and take advantage of the best features that the cliff offers. I have really enjoyed every route I have done here and never had to queue up to get on a moderate or warm up. Grading is stiffer than some other areas of the Red, but the grades are not sandbags. You earn your ticks here. Jun 4, 2018
Owen O'Dell
Kokomo, IN
Owen O'Dell   Kokomo, IN
It says the road turns to gravel. Does it require a 4x4? Sep 10, 2018
Zackary Futrell
Irvine, Ky
Zackary Futrell   Irvine, Ky
Owen O'Dell, No you will not need 4 wheel drive just a plan gravel road nothing crazy. Sep 14, 2018
Matt Clay
Estill County, KY
Matt Clay   Estill County, KY
Been climbing here a lot the past two weeks. Really cool place! Definitely the place to go to get away from the fall crowds. Some great routes, very well bolted. Trails are well-marked and maintained. Parking is currently $5 per car. Looks like they are getting setup to have some campsites by the parking area too. Oct 24, 2018
What a gem this place is!!!! Great routes bolted well and No Crowds! The rock there is fantastic and not chalked to death so you don’t feel like you’re at the gym like some other places around the Red. Nov 11, 2018
Adam Ronchetti
Madison, WI
Adam Ronchetti   Madison, WI
Do they allow dogs at the walls? Feb 20, 2019
Jason Halladay
Los Alamos, NM
Jason Halladay   Los Alamos, NM  
Adam Ronchetti wrote:Do they allow dogs at the walls?

Yes, on a leash. I found the rules at www.cathedraldomain.org/rock-domain

Dogs are permitted at The Cathedral Domain but must be on a leash at all times. No dogs can be left in your car at the parking lot! Feb 22, 2019