Welcome to Powell County, Kentucky!

Powell County Tourism Commission

Welcome to Powell County, Kentucky!  Clay City, Stanton, Bowen, Slade, and several other unofficial towns make up the county. We are the home of the beautiful Natural Bridge State Resort Park and a portion of the Red River Gorge. Our county also houses the Pilot Knob State Nature Preserve and the wild and scenic Red River.

Powell County has miles and miles of hiking trails, lots of kayaking and canoeing options and boasts thousands of climbing routes. The Red River Gorge is currently the #2 climbing destination in the world – next only to Utah. Kentucky’s only wild and scenic river welcomes you to canoe or kayak for miles along its’ beautiful routes.  The outdoor adventures are endless!

If adventure isn’t for you, we have even more to offer! You can listen to world class Bluegrass music at the Meadowgreen Music Park or take a look back in time at the Red River Historical Museum in Clay City. You may even want to spend your weekend clogging at Hoedown Island in Slade. Take a day trip through the Daniel Boone National Forest by driving the Scenic Byway and visiting the Gladie Cultural & Environmental Learning Center for information from the United States Forest Service. You can even learn about our reptile friends in one of the world’s largest collections of venomous snakes at the Kentucky Reptile Zoo in Slade. Exciting motorsports and racing can be found in Clay City with a family owned IHRA sanctioned Drag Strip. Don’t forget to shop at our local shops and eat at our local eateries!

Want to stay awhile? Choose from our wide range of hospitality companies including cabins, tree houses, motels, lodges, and more! Bring your RV and camp at one of the beautiful RV parks. Grab your tent and camp in the Red River Gorge after purchasing a camping pass/permit at one of the local shops in Slade.

With so many attractions, lodging options, and adventure, there is something for everyone in Powell County, KY. With so much to do and see you may not ever want to leave!

Our Mission

Here at the Powell County Tourism Commission Slade Welcome Center, our Mission Statement is to deliver the best hospitality service in the industry to the visitors of this region of Kentucky. We strive to improve the quality of life for our county by promoting visitors to our unique area while marketing and supporting economic growth. We respect the integrity of our beautiful area and seek to promote it in a meaningful and sustainable manner.

THIS WEEK IS A CERTIFIED BANGER here in the Red River Gorge! Look at that full lineup below! WOW! 😍

It almost didn't fit on the page! Get out your magnifying glass to view all this goodness! A few highlights include the kickoff event for this Summer's Music in the Park series at Stanton City Park, a Red River Gorge Farmer's Market pop up at Hop's on Friday (in addition to the normal market at the Skylift on Saturday!), Live music with local favorites Chelsea Nolan and Scott Griffin on Friday and Saturday evenings at Toad's Barn and Grill, A Revolutionary War Reenactor at Natural Bridge State Resort Park, an Ice Cream Social at Red River Gorge General Store, and the Miguel's Pizza Artisan Market on Sunday. Whew, I'm out of breath 😅

Be sure to check out the full calendar below and head to our website for more detailed descriptions of everything! 👇👇👇
THIS WEEK! As always, we have a stacked lineup of awesome events happening here in the Red River Gorge for the week of 5/14-5/18!

Things kick off tonight and don't let up! A few highlights include the Annual Wild and Scenic Red Riverfest, a Free Bigfoot presentation with Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization at Toad's barN and Grill, the Red River Gorge Farmer's Market, Live music at the Pit House, and Appalachian Dancing at Natural Bridge State Resort Park, and a TON MORE! Check out the full lineup below!
TOUCH SCREEN KIOSK! The Slade Welcome Center is proud to have a new digital touch-screen kiosk available for visitors to use! The kiosk features our stellar website (created by Joker Business Solutions) that folks can use to navigate through our myriad of lodging options, adventures and activities, food and drink spots, kayaking information, and A TON MORE. Thanks to Tourism Television Network for the awesome kiosk! Swing on in and check it out!
THIS WEEK! There's so much going on it almost didn't fit! Check out the full lineup below!

A few highlights include the Homecoming and Old Engine Show at Red River Museum on Friday and Saturday, the Red River Gorge Farmers Market on Saturday, Cruisin’ Exit 22 Friday evening, events at both The Gilded Cage and Red River Reads, and a Mother's Day brunch at Natural Bridge State Resort Park. The fun doesn't stop there, though, make sure to check out the full rundown below or on our website!
NEW HOURS for the Slade Welcome Center! We are heading into full swing here at the Slade Welcome Center! We are now open 9am-5pm EVERYDAY, with the exception of 9am-3pm on Sundays. Come on in, grab a map, and say hey! 🗺🥾

We have another stacked week of awesome events lined up. A few highlights include OPENING DAY for the Red River Gorge Farmers Market, Herpetology Weekend, Pub and Grub Comedy Night at Hop's, and of course the 2nd Annual Derby Day event at the Mt. View Drive In in Stanton! Things kick off tonight and don't let up!

Be sure to check our events calendar on our website for more information! As always, have fun, be safe, and please practice Leave No Trace principles. We can't wait to see you. Stop on in the Slade Welcome Center if you need maps or other area info! 🗺🥾👣
WOAH NELLY! What an incredibly PACKED weekend here in the Red River Gorge! Things kick off tonight as usual with Taco Tuesday at Hop's, Live Team Trivia at Sky Bridge Station, and Board Game Night at The Gilded Cage. 

Pit House has a pair of epic shows with local legend Ethan Wayne on Friday and Saturday. Don't forget it's also Wildflower Weekend at Natural Bridge State Resort Park, The General Bowen Memorial Trail Ride, and the Red River Reunion/Red In A Day Climbing Competition. There's also another Sip n Shop with Red River Reads at Daniel Boone Coffee Shop.

WOW! See I told you there was a lot of goodness this weekend. Come on out and stay the night in one of our unique cabins, treehouses, glamp site, or grab your tent and set up shop at one of our awesome campgrounds. Weather is looking 😍
THIS WEEK! Here is your weekly rundown of where you NEED to be this week! There's a lot going on that's for sure! Things kick off tonight with Board Game Night at The Gilded Cage, Live Team Trivia at Sky Bridge Station, and Taco Tuesday at Hops! Tons of live music, karaoke, Sip n Shop with Red River Reads, a car show, and lots more!

As always, please stay safe in case of inclement weather this afternoon and throughout the week. 

A full rundown of events can be found on our website!
DON'T FORGET! Don't forget about the Live Broadcast from Kentucky Sports Radio out here in the Red River Gorge at the new The Greenhouse at Appalachian Rose Farm - RRG wedding venue on Friday, March 8! The broadcast starts at 9am. The first 50 folks in line get a prize!
NEW HOURS! The Slade Welcome Center is expanding hours to 9am-3pm EVERYDAY for the upcoming spring season. Come on out and see us! 😃🥾🗺
NATURAL BRIDGE IN THE SNOW! Doesn’t she look extra pretty this time of year covered in snow? ❄️🌬️Thanks for sharing your epic 📸 @billy.hikes