Visitor Center

Gladie Visitor Center


OPENING FOR THE SEASON Memorial Day Weekend 2024! Saturday, May 25, 2024 through Monday, May 27, 2024 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
The gift shop and information desk will be staffed and ready to answer all of your questions about the Red River Gorge.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no potable water on site. There will be porta potties and hand washing stations in the parking lot.

Red River Gorge
3451 Sky Bridge Rd.
Stanton, KY 40380
(606) 663-8100

PLEASE NOTE: There is no potable water on site. There will be porta potties and hand washing stations in the parking lot.

Opening Memorial Day Weekend, 2024:
Saturday, May 25, Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Beginning May 28, 2024:
Open Four (4) days per week
Friday and Monday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – Closed

Beginning July 1, 2024
Open Seven (7) days per week, as staffing allows
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

The building will be open along with gift shop and information desk team members to assist you. There is currently no potable water on site. There will be porta potties and hand washing stations in the parking lot.

Have you been here?

The Gladie Visitor Center, operated in partnership with the US Forest Service, is your gateway to information and adventures within the Red River Gorge and beyond!

The Gladie Visitor Center, nestled in the Red River Gorge within the Daniel Boone National Forest, is your first stop for over 40,000 acres of camping, backpacking, hiking, and boating. There are over 100 natural sandstone arches within the Gorge, and because of the multitude of sandstone cliffs and wall faces, this area has become home to some of the best rock climbing in the world! Within the visitor center, you’ll find area information, safety notifications, trails maps, and souvenirs to commemorate your trip to this amazing natural area. Looking for a quick stretch of the legs? Gladie has two short nature trails that will begin to introduce you to the wider world of the Red River Gorge. Make the drive to Gladie, and you’ll be in for the adventure of a lifetime. 


Latitude: 37.83329468 / Longitude: -83.60774657

From Stanton, KY, head east on KY-11 S/KY-15 S/E College Ave toward Strode St. Continue to follow KY-11 S/KY-15 S. Turn left onto KY-77 N. Turn right onto KY-715 S. Turn right. Destination will be on the right.

FIND Your Next Adventure

  • Gift Shop
  • Visitor Center
  • Area Trail Maps
  • Picnic Areas
  • Restrooms
  • Potable Water
Things to do…
  • Interpretive Exhibits
  • Nature Trails

Educational Activities

Jr. Ranger Program

The Jr. Ranger program at FIND Outdoors introduces visitors to the seven Leave No Trace principles in a fun and easy to understand way. Each FREE booklet provides games, things to talk about around a campfire, and different “Ranger Missions” to explore each of the Leave No Trace principles.  

Ask about becoming a Jr. Ranger the next time you visit a FIND Outdoors site!

Find Outdoors Tours

FIND Outdoors Tours & Field Trips

Education is integral to FIND Outdoors mission, we offer educational programs, field trips and tours at all of the visitor centers and campgrounds we manage. Whether you use our self-guided Junior Ranger booklet to become a Leave No Trace advocate or visit with a school field trip, we love seeing children, adults and families explore, learn about and enjoy their public lands.

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Get your Visitor Center Passport!

Pick up a complimentary FIND Outdoors Visitor Center Passport at any of our managed visitor centers — Anna Ruby Falls, Brasstown Bald, Cradle of Forestry, Gladie Visitor Center and Pisgah Visitor Center. Then stop by all five to collect your passport stamps.

When you’ve got all five stamps, email to receive a prize!

Additional Information

How can I contact Gladie Staff?

If we are experiencing a power outage with our landline, please call 859-488-1413 or email

How do I get an overnight pass?

Passes are $5 for a single night, $7 for 3 nights or $50 for an annual pass. Passes are sold at Gladie during business hours and can also be purchased outside the gorge at local vendors such as gas stations.

How do I get information about Gladie’s reopening?

For more information on Gladie’s reopening, please see the Forest Service press release!

  • Sky Bridge Recreation Area
  • The Bison Way Trail (.5 miles)
  • The Tower Rock Trail (.5 miles)
  • Chimney Top Recreation Area
  • Grays Arch Recreation Area
  • Koomer Ridge Campground
  • Copperas Creek Canoe Launch
  • Clifty Wilderness Area
  • Natural Bridge State Park
  • Red River Gorge Geological Area
  • Primitive Camping Options
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