The trail that we hiked is called The William O. Douglas Trail. William O. Douglas was a Yale Law School graduate Supreme Court Justice that came down to Kentucky to this very spot 40 years ago. A gang of eager politicians were all going to dam up the gorge, etc. and totally destroy what was there in the name of progress. After William O. Douglas hiked out the upper Gorge he was so impressed with its incredible beauty that he went straight back and told all the other Justices that there was no way in hell was he going to allow anyone to dam up the 15 mile stretch of Red River Gorge. Because of his love of nature and his wisdom and vision, the Gorge survived and is today's Kentucky's showplace for real wilderness, for the primevil. A place you can still go to to know what it was like when the first white men came into the state.
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