The Miller Fork Recreational Preserve (MFRP) is a 309-acre tract of land in Lee County, Kentucky, that the RRGCC closed on in May of 2013 with the help of the Access Fund’s Land Conservation Campaign. The RRGCC received grant money from the Access Fund to help make a $45,000 down payment, and has a plan in place to make five yearly mortgage payments, after which the RRGCC will own the MFRP, securing climbing access on that land in perpetuity.
The Miller Fork parking lot, completed in the summer of 2014 with help from local oil and construction companies, is just before a wide creek on Hell Creek Road. Its GPS coordinates are 37°38'31.9?N 83°40'44.0?W (37.642204, -83.678900). To get there, travel 9.3 miles away from Miguel's towards Beattyville. Turn left on Shumaker Ridge Road and travel 3.5 miles down the road. Turn right on Hell Creek Road (no sign for the road) and go down a steep gravel road that is next to the Sunrise Mountain Retreat and Angel Falls Rd. There is a signpost for the MFRP, but occasionally it has been vandalized. Travel .8 miles down the hill. At the bottom of the hill turn right on the gravel road before the creek. Travel 1.2 miles down this road and the parking lot will be on the left. (Google Maps)
Thanks to the exceptionally generous RRG climbing community, the RRGCC ran a successful grant matching campaign in 2014 which raised $35,000 to match a $35,000 Conservation Alliance Grant for a grand total of $70,000 raised to apply to the MFRP mortgage payment!
As of 2015, as long as we apply $36,000 a year to the mortgage, we'll own the MFRP in full by the end of 2017! Please help us get there!
- Please sign a RRGCC waiver before visiting.
- Download and carry instructions on who to contact in case of an emergency at the MFRP
- Map of the property
- This is the current trail system in MFRP to be used to access the crags.
- MFRP trails
- FAQs that include questions/answers about the MFRP
- Ray Ellington’s MFRP guidebook, with more info on Miller Fork routes and crags than you can imagine – and he’s donating 5% of the profits to the RRGCC!
- Ray Ellington’s online guidebook, which contains listings of Miller Fork routes and crags.*
- Dario Ventura and Jon Kulikowski’s MFRP promo video