Welcome to Powell County, Kentucky!

Nestled between the Appalachian Mountains and the Bluegrass, we are located in one of the most scenic areas of Kentucky. Outdoor Adventure abounds here with over 80 miles of hiking trail voted the Best Places to Hike in Kentucky in the Red River Gorge, the Natural Bridge State Park and the Pilot Knob State Nature Preserve. We are also home to hundreds of miles of breathtaking Cycling Routes, one of the world's premier Sport and Traditional Climbing destinations and miles of Canoeing or Kayaking on Kentucky's only Wild & Scenic River. You can also fly through the trees on two area Zip Lines.

But Powell County is much more than outdoor adventure. Listen to world class Bluegrass Music, try your hand at Clogging, or step back in time at one of the few remaining original Drive In Theaters in the country. Educate yourself by touring through the Red River Historical Museum. Explore all there is to see at the Gladie Cultural & Environmental Learning Center, or learn about our reptile friends in one of the world's largest collections of venomous snakes at the Kentucky Reptile Zoo. Exciting Motorsports are also found here with a family owned IHRA sanctioned Drag Strip, ATV park, and a top notch KDKA sanctioned Go Kart Speedway.

After you have recharged, you'll need to eat.  We have you taken care of there as well.  From world class pizza, ethnic fare and quick bites to down home country cookin', we are serving up what's hot and tasty.  Before you leave though, check out some of the many shops here.  With so much to do and see you just may not want to ever leave!


August 23rd, 24th and 25th : Natural Bridge Artisan Festival, Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade, Ky. Celebrating Appalachian Heritage. www.facebook.com/NaturalBridgeArtisanFestival

August 23rd, and 24th : Caterpillar Weekend, (same weekend as above Artisan Festival). Natural Bridge State Resort Park. (606) 663-2214 ask for the Naturalist Tyler Morgan.

September 8th : Red River Gorge "Thunder to the Tunnel" Car and Bike Show
DJ By the Ice Man
Time: 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
Contact: Donnie Marshall (606) 481-1955 (Bikes) and Debbie Russell (606) 481-8082 (Cars)
Location: 106 Nada Tunnel Rd, Stanton, Ky. 40380
September 7th-14th : Powell County Fair
Contact: (606) 663-6404
Location: Lions Club Park, Stanton, Ky. 40380
September 21st : Archaeology Weekend
Time: 10:00 am - ???
Contact: (606) 663-8100
Location: Gladie Center - Red River Gorge
October 18th-19th : Natural Bridge by Moonlight
Contact: (606) 663-2214 - The Naturalist Office
Location: Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade, Ky 40380
November 2nd : Fig Race
(Endurance Race in the Park)
Contact: 859-619-6464 or www.flyingsquirreladventures.com
Location: Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade, Ky 40380
November 9th : Textile and Fabric Weekend
Time: 09:00 am to 5:00pm
Location: Red River Historical Museum, Clay City, KY