Explore Red River Gorge with Dr. Danny Faulkner

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Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might. (Isaiah 40:26, ESV)

For this Explore Day we will venture far away from the Creation Museum. In the beauty of Red River Gorge, we will discover amazing arch formations called natural bridges. With Dr. Danny Faulkner as our guide, learn how the present geology of the earth is a testament to a historical global flood described in the Bible.

The hikes to the arch formations included in this event are classified as easy to moderate. Therefore, you must be physically able and prepared for a full day of hiking (approximately 8 miles). Due to the strenuous nature of the event, no children under the age of 10 are recommended.

Open to families with children ages 10 and up.

Explore Red River Gorge is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m.

Location: Red River Gorge, Stanton, KY 40387

Things to Bring:

  • Plenty of water
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Towel
  • Extra pair of dry socks
  • Camera
  • First aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect spray
  • Hat
  • Backpack

What to Wear:

  • Depending on the season, shorts or capris (something you can roll up for water fun at Rock Bridge Arch)
  • Water shoes
  • Hiking boots preferred or sneakers


  • You will need to provide your own transportation to the starting location at Slade Welcome Center in Slade, KY. From the Slade Welcome Center, a van will take you to the hiking locations.


8:00 a.m. Meet at Slade Welcome Center (exit 33 on the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway)
  • Address: 30 L&E Railroad Place
    Slade, KY, 40376
  • The Welcome Center is open: Mon–Sat 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Rock Bridge Trail #207 (1.5 miles)
  • Classified as an easy hike
  • Arch & Creation Falls
  • One of the few natural bridges with water flowing under it
  • Restrooms at trail head
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Chimney Top Rock #235 & Princess Arch #233 (approx. 1 mile for both)
  • Classified as an easy hike
  • Spectacular view of Red River Gorge
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch & Travel to Sky Bridge Loop
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Sky Bridge Loop #214 (1 mile)
  • Classified as an easy hike
  • Double arch with 75 step climb
  • Restrooms at the trail head
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Gray’s Arch Loop #205 (1 mile)
  • Classified as a moderate hike
  • Spectacular scenery
  • Restrooms at trail head

Please keep in mind that some of our activities are contingent upon weather.

Pricing & Registration

  • $49.99 per person (museum general admission is not required and not included).

To complete your registration for the Explore program, you must present these forms upon arrival on your Explore Days program date.

You can find answers to common questions on the Explore Days FAQ page.

Please contact us for more information or if you would like to schedule a private Explore day for your group.


Optional Activities Not Included with the Event

For those families wanting to camp overnight at Red River Gorge or spend additional time in the area after the scheduled events, there are a few fun activities available for your family at the gorge, however, the following events are not included in the cost of the event.

Gladie Visitor Center

Visit Gladie Visitor Center and learn about the history of this area of the country.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park Skylift and Giftshop

Take the chair lift to the top of Natural Bridge by purchasing either a one-way or round-trip ticket

Overnight Camping
Camping, Kayaking, & Canoeing