The Nada Tunnel
You will need your own car, truck or motorcycle to see the Red River Gorge because there is no public transportation available.
The north entrance to the Gorge is through the 900-feet-long Nada Tunnel, located on Ky. Hwy. 77, just north of Slade. This is the most interesting way to enter the Red River Gorge, and a great place to test your car horn.
Built by hand as a logging railroad tunnel in 191l, it is only 12 feet high and 13 feet wide, allowing only one-way traffic. Drive up to the entrance of the tunnel very slowly because you will be right in the entrance before you will be able to see the light at the other end of the long tunnel. If you see headlights coming toward you, back out and wait for the oncoming vehicle to clear. I once saw two pickup trucks meet in the middle of the tunnel and one had a very difficult time backing out.
There are no lights in the tunnel and headlights will be necessary. Actually it isn't too bad. Full size busses and campers can make it through, but they should proceed slowly and with great care.
Because of it's unique nature, Nada Tunnel is on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Road Trip
The only way to get to the Red...
The only way to get to the Red River gorge is by car.
If you plan to camp within the Red River gorge/Daniel Boone National forest, and park overnight at any of the trail-head parking areas, there is a fee, and you must obtain an overnight parking pass from the ranger station.
For more information on passes, you can write or call:
Stanton Ranger District
705 W. College Avenue
Stanton, KY 40380
From Lexington, take...
From Lexington, take Interstate 64 east to Exit 98 (Bert T. Combs Mtn. Parkway, #402); take the parkway to Exit 33 (Slade Exit); then turn left at the junction of KY 11/KY 15.
Go 1.5 miles west on KY 15 to KY 77, and follow the signs.
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