LAW Event Venue and Directions
Demonstration Areas and Facilities
Living Archaeology Weekend is held at the Gladie Visitor Center in the beautiful Red River Gorge of Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky. Located on the picturesque banks of Gladie Creek and Red River, and surrounded by towering rock outcrops, the Center is a fitting backdrop for Living Archaeology Weekend. The demonstrations are held in two locations on the rolling acreage of the Center. The native technology and lifeways demonstrations are set-up along the creek floodplain, and the the pioneer technology and lifeways demonstrations are located around Gladie Cabin. The cabin, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, formerly served as a hotel, a post office, and a home before being moved to the Gladie Visitor Center. Visitors are invited to tour the Gladie Cabin and the displays in the Gladie Visitor Center during LAW.
Living Archaeology Weekend demonstrations and activities are held outdoors. The venue is handicapped accessible; visitors in wheelchairs should be aware that the main demonstration areas are not paved, but the areas are navigable as long as the ground is not saturated. Visitors are welcome to bring strollers. Free parking is available on-site in a paved parking lot and on a grass lawn. First-aid is provided by a local ambulance service, and law enforcement is provided by US Forest Service law enforcement officers. Portable toilets are available on-site during Living Archaeology Weekend. Bottled water is sold at the event, but there are no food concessions on-site and visitors should plan accordingly.
The Gladie Visitor Center is an active hub of public education and outreach in the Gorge. On Saturday Living Archaeology Weekend visitors are welcome to tour the exhibits at the facility. The mailing address for the Gladie Center is 3451 Sky Bridge Road, Highway 715, Stanton, KY 40380. Though the mailing address is Stanton (Exit 22), the Center actually is near the small communities of Slade, Nada, and Pine Ridge (Exit 33). The Center phone number is (606) 663-8100. Cell phone service is spotty in the Gorge, and visitors may not have service in some places like Gladie. In case of severe weather, visitors should call the Center for cancellation information. However, unless there is major flooding or lightning, the event will take place at Gladie even if it rains as we have spaces to move most of the activities under cover.
To get to Living Archaeology Weekend at the Gladie Visitor Center, take the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway to Exit 33 at Slade. At the end of the exit ramp, turn onto KY 11 north and go one-tenth of a mile to the junction with KY 15. From here, there are two ways to get to event.
One option is to turn left on KY 15 and go 1.5 miles west, then turn right onto KY 77. Follow KY 77 east about 4 miles to KY 715 and turn right. Follow KY 715 east about 2 miles to Gladie. This route takes vehicles through historic Nada Tunnel (pictured below), which is school bus accessible.
The other option (avoiding the tunnel) is to turn right on KY 15 and go about 5 miles east, then turn left onto KY 715 toward Sky Bridge arch. Follow KY 715 north and west about 9 miles to Gladie.
Local Area Information
For more information about the local area, we suggest that visitors consult the following web sites.
Daniel Boone National Forest * www.fs.usda.gov/dbnf
Menifee County Chamber of Commerce * www.frenchburgmenifee.org
Powell County Tourism * www.powellcountytourism.com/attractions/scenic.htm
Southern & Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association * www.tourseky.com
Food and Lodging Options
Please note that there are no concessions or cooking facilities at Gladie. There are, however, picnic areas at Gladie, and visitors are welcome to bring coolers of food and non-alcoholic drinks to the LAW event. Bottled water and soft drinks are available for sale at Living Archaeology Weekend on Saturday. Several nearby campgrounds also have open picnic facilities, some with outdoor grills (see Gorge map above).
It is a short drive (about 20-30 minutes) from Gladie to a small number of restaurants in the Nada-Slade area. Restaurants in the Slade-Natural Bridge State Park area include Miguel's (a well-known pizzeria on KY 11), Natural Bridge State Park Lodge (buffet and menu ordering), Red River Rockhouse Café (American cuisine and beer on KY 11), Creekside Café (on KY 11), Shell gas station (sandwiches and other hot entrees in Slade at Exit 33), the Mountain Breeze Cafe (intersection of highways 77 and 15), and The Depot (near Nada Tunnel in Nada).
There are several lodging options. Camping for a fee is available at Koomer Ridge (see Gorge map above). This is a first- come, first-serve camping facility with bathroom and shower facilities. There are other privately owned campgrounds in the area. Kentucky Rock and Adventure Guides, which is located near Pine Ridge on the edge of Red River Gorge at the junction of Highways 15 & 715, has hostile-style lodging for $18 night, plus rooms and one cabin. Other local lodging options include Lil Abner Motel (606-663-5386) and Natural Bridge State Park lodge, cottages, and campground (1-800-255-7275 then dial 6288 when prompted).
There are additional hotel and restaurant/grocery options in nearby Stanton and Winchester, both of which are west of the Gorge off the Mountain Parkway.
The web sites listed above, especially the Powell County Tourism web site, have more information about local dining and lodging options,.