The Pottsville Escarpment
is a resistant sandstone
belt of cliffs and steep sided, narrow crested valleys in eastern Kentucky
. It features spectacular cliffs, rock shelters
, and natural bridges
. It is also called the Cumberland Escarpment
and forms the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau
It is largely located within the Daniel Boone National Forest, the original area of which was located to specifically include this rugged strip of land.This area is the birthplace of bluegrass.
Several significant natural areas in Kentucky are located within the escarpment zone. These include the Red River Gorge Geologic Area, Natural Bridge State Park, and others.