Here For You

When people head into Red River Gorge, they don’t plan on having an accident or getting lost. But when “nature happens,” calls for help go out to county search and rescue crews.

Make A Difference

We seek new members on an ongoing basis, and we seek a range of skills and experiences.

Want To Help Powell County Search and Rescue?
There are several ways to do it!

Powell County Search & Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit organization working in the Red River Gorge Geological Area of the Daniel Boone National Forest. The volunteers of Search & Rescue spend hundreds of hours each year donating their time and talents to rescuing folks from cliffs and rugged terrain. Each rescue is unique and each person we rescue has a story to tell. We invite you to join with us in our mission of saving lives! You can become a valuable part of this effort by helping us accomplish what we are finding to be more and more difficult: funding these rescue missions from our own pockets.

Make A Donation

Powell County Search and Rescue is a non-profit, all volunteer organization funded entirely through individual donations, and fundraisings.

Become A Volunteer

There are many different roles and levels of support – you don’t have to be a world-class climber to provide an indispensable service to the search and rescue community.

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Please consider making IN-KIND material donations to Powell County Search and Rescue. Tax receipts based on the fair market value can be provided.

Who Are We?

We are an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to aiding persons lost or injured in the back country of Red River Gorge, Kentucky.

Why Donate?

Your generous contribution to our non-profit organization is 100% tax deductible and could one day save your life or the life of a loved one.

Latest Search & Rescue News

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PCSAR members participated in swift water training exercises today for the upcoming May 15th Red Riverfest.




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Were you able to throw it out as far as you were supposed to.

This is a great way to help out in the gorge and save some money.Our member discount program will launch Monday 5/10/21. The membership tab on our website is now working properly at
Dues paying, card carrying members will be entitled to the discounts indicated below.

Daniel Boone Coffee Shop 10% off
DBCS Campground $1 off $3 Campsite Rental
LaCabana Mexican Restaurant 10% off
Thatcher Barbecue Company 10% off
Miguel’s Pizza 10% off
Brandenburg General Store 5% off
The Brick 10% off
Skybridge Station 10% off
The Gorge Underground 10% off
Red River Gorge Ziplines 10% off
Red River Gorge Cabin Rentals 10% off
Cliffview Resort 10% off
Leave No Trace Adventures 10% off

If your business would like to support us, email for details.
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This is a great way to help out in the gorge and save some money.

Yesterday, Powell County Search and Rescue was notified of a 24 year old UK student who had gone hiking in the Red River Gorge the previous day and did not return home. Team members were able to ping both her phone and watch to get GPS coordinates. Team members, along with Wolfe County Search & Rescue Team and Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department, began the search in the Auxier Ridge area of the gorge. We did not get the results that we wanted. She was located at the bottom of a 150' cliff and did not survive the fall. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time.

We want to thank all the other agencies that helped on this call. The support was overwhelming. We also want to thank the numerous people/teams/groups from all over Kentucky and surrounding areas for the offers of help. We know the Red River Gorge has great teams working to keep you safe. It is also great to know that there are many people and teams willing to step up and help out if the need arises.
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It is so unfortunate, but at least the family will have closure due to your efforts. So thankful for this great and dedicated team. Prayers for her family and friends. And prayers for the team that found her. I’m sure that had to be hard on each of you.

So sorry for her family, friends and everyone that found her. You all are special people to do the jobs you do everyday especially when it turns into a recovery instead of a rescue. I don't know how you do it. Thanks for your dedication and for getting this lady home to her family.

So thankful this team was willing to risk their own lives, but wish it could have ended differently. You gave her family some closure. Thank you for being our heros.πŸ˜ͺπŸ™

I am thinking of Gabby and her family at this time. She was a true light that will be missed greatly. What a welcoming feeling she gave off to anyone she came across. I won’t forget her smile 😊

Praying for her family and friends. Also, huge thank you to the volunteers and search and rescue teams for all that you do.

Prayers to their amazing family and friends. Great people who leave a lasting impression to all and I am so sad to hear about this loss.

Heartbreaking. But u gave her family something that is least knowing what happened to her. Everytime i read of another heroic job by u guys I want to up my will to leave u more. So wish i could give it to u now. But u know gotta live so worthy

I have never been to the RRG, but there as anywhere else, follow paths, pay attention to the signs, always use the buddy system & make sure all of your equipment is up to date & working. Take no chances! Daredevils are careless & not heroes. Prayers for this young ladies family. πŸ˜”πŸ™πŸ»

So sad to hear this. I was hoping she was lost on the trail. Prayers for her family and the rescue team.

I've been watching this hoping for a better ending. . So sad! Prayers for her family in this time of loss.. and Thank you guys for everything you do to keep us safe!

Many many thanks Wolfe and Powell County Rescue!!! So sorry to hear this πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯

Oh I was so hoping this story would have a happy ending. Prayers for this young woman’s family. Such a tragedy! πŸ˜₯

We all seem to forget 911 Corey Graham and his wonderful staff. We would not be who we are without them. Thank you Powell County Dispatch!!

So very very sad. People forget how dangerous the gorge really is bc of its beauty. Please, everyone, if you go to the gorge use the buddy system, take a friend. I work there everyday, I know the dangers. My prayers go out to the family, God be with you all.

God bless you special folks for what you do, day in and day out! We are very thankful for your hard work and your success in returning our dear friend to her family!!

Thank you all for the work you do. Wish people would hike smarter.... take a friend, know how far you have traveled.... May God give peace and comfort to the family.

So unfortunate to hear. Thank you for bringing her home πŸ˜”

What a difficult event. I'm so sorry for her, her family and those who try so valiantly to be of help. xoxo

So sorry to hear this. Prayers for her family and friends. Prayers for all Search and Rescue Teams

So sorry for the girl, her family and friends. Thanks to you guys and all the others who searched and found her. RIP πŸ™

Very sad outcome. Grateful for your efforts to find her.

Thank you for your incredible efforts. I watched all day in hopes and prayers. She was an incredible young woman.

So sad, thank you all so much for your efforts. Rip child, prayers for the family and friends

A heart felt thanks, God bless our faithful, tireless, experts that volunteer. My heart goes out to the family.

My heart sank seeing this young person did not survive, I hope the family has some closure and can heal after this lose.

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