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The Flyingfishman
Indian Staircase 10-21-04
Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve
Black Mountain, Kentucky
Pine Mountain State Resort Park
Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine visits the Red River Gorge
Rockcastle Narrows
The Appalachian Trail
Big South Fork Honey Creek Loop
Ledford Arches RRG
Pine Mountain, KY
Yellowbank Wildlife Management Area
Kentuckiana Caves
Red River Gorge Trails & map
Big South Fork
Otter Creek - Outdoor Recreation Area
Cumberland Gap NHP
Mammoth Cave National Park
Red Byrd Arch
Cumberland Falls and area
Lost River Cave
My Old Kentucky Home lyrics and mp3
Cloud Splitter
Mantle Rock
Cumberland Falls Moonbow Trail
Indian Staircase 10-21-04
Natural Bridge...Slade, KY
Auxier Ridge, Double, Star Gap, Gray's, and Rock Bridge Arches
Timmon's and Adena Arches
Swift Camp Creek Trail
Other landmarks in Red River Gorge
Tioga Falls/Bridges to the past
Carter Caves State Resort Park
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
Bernheim Forest - Clermont, KY
Vernon-Douglas State Nature Preserve
Red Byrd Arch trip Via Ridgetop ...12-20-08 trip report
A Creek Runs through it


The Indian Staircase consists of footholds scooped out of the stone. It leads to and from a massive rock shelter (100 yds by 60 ft) inhabited by the Adena Indians over 1700 years ago. Archaeologists have dated the Adena in Kentucky at a span of 500 years between 200 BC and 300 AD.  The Adena are responsible for the many mounds we see in Kentucky. Strangely they did not live in close proximity to said mounds. They are estimated to have lived in smaller clans in places like the rock shelter below. Little is known about their daily living. 


Notice the footholds scooped out of the stone. I strongly doubt the Adena themselves carved these. Anything carved in this rock over 1000 years ago would not have lasted. 


The view down from on the Indian Staircase


The massive Rock Shelter (100yds by 60ft) of the Adena Indians


Indian Staircase...zoomed in from across the ridge.  


Indian Arch...across the ridge from the Indian Staircase 

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Other attractions near the Indian Staircase...taken June 16th, 2005  


"Trinity Arch"...just below Indian Staircase


"Gnome Hole"... just above Indian Staircase


"Frog Head"...just above the Staircase


"Ohm Dome"...just past the Rock Shelter