Plan Your Visit
Living Archaeology Weekend is held the third weekend of September each year. The Saturday program is open to the public from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm EST. Registration is not required for the free event. In 2023, the Saturday program is on September 16.
The Friday program is reserved for pre-registered school groups. Click here for more information about school registration.
Address: Gladie Visitor Center, 3451 Sky Bridge Road Hwy 715, Stanton, KY 40380
From Louisville/Lexington/Winchester: Take I-64 E to Exit 98, Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway. Take Exit 33 for KY-11 towards Slade/Beattyville. Turn left at the end of the ramp for KY-11 N. Go one-tenth of a mile to KY-15 JCT. From here, there are two ways to proceed:
Via Nada Tunnel*: Turn left at KY-15. Go 1.5 miles west and turn right onto KY-77. Follow KY-77 east about 4 miles to KY-715 and turn right. Follow KY-715 about 2 miles to Gladie. *This route takes vehicles through the historic Nada Tunnel, which is school bus accessible.
Avoid Nada Tunnel: Turn right at KY-15. Go about 5 miles east and turn left onto KY-715 toward Sky Bridge arch. Follow KY-715 about 9 miles to Gladie.
From Richmond, KY: Take KY-52 E towards KY-499. Turn left onto KY-499, followed by another left onto KY-89 N. Turn right onto KY-82 and go 7 miles to Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway E. Take Exit 33 and at the end of the ramp follow KY-11 N. At the KY-15 JCT follow directions above for Nada Tunnel, or to avoid that Nada Tunnel
From Salyersville: Take Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway W to KY-15 N. Take Exit 40 for KY-15 toward KY-715/Beattyville. Turn left onto KY-15N, then turn right onto KY-715 N and follow about 9 miles to Gladie.
Living Archaeology Weekend will happen rain or shine!
Unless there is major flooding or lightning, the event will move indoors when it rains.
In case of severe weather, visitors should call the Gladie Center for cancellation information (606-663-8100) or check the Living Archaeology Weekend Facebook Page.
Please note that concessions will be available on Saturday. Picnic areas are available at Gladie, and visitors are welcome to bring coolers of food and non-alcoholic drinks to the LAW event. Bottled water is available for sale on Saturday. Several nearby campgrounds also have open picnic facilities, some with outdoor grills.
Miguels Pizza ($)- Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian-Friendly
Skybridge Station ($)- American, Bar
Sandstone Arches Restaurant ($$-$$$)- American
Red River Rockhouse ($$-$$$)- American, Bar
Daniel Boone Coffee Shoppe & Deli ($)- American, Cafe
There are several lodging options. Camping for a fee is available at Koomer Ridge. This is a first-come, first-serve camping facility with bathroom and shower facilities. There are other privately owned campgrounds in the area. 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).
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