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So you’ve been invited to a wedding in the Red River Gorge…what next? Your first step should be to send back that RSVP card. After that, go ahead and book your lodging. We have a few of our favorite places listed below to make things easy for you.

Some things you should know about our venue before you arrive:

  • Allow yourself extra time to get here. The scenic mountain roads are beautiful and winding, but you may not be able to drive as fast as you normally do, so allow for extra travel time.
  • Our venue is non-smoking, but there are places outdoors where you can smoke. We do ask that cigarette butts be placed in receptacles provided to keep our space clean and prevent forest fires.
  • Outside alcohol is strictly prohibited. As holders of a liquor license ourselves, we are not permitted to allow outside alcohol and this will be strictly enforced.
  • Illegal drugs are strictly prohibited. (In KY this includes Marijuana).
  • We have plenty of parking onsite. Simply follow the green signs and they will take you to the parking lots (Lot A & Lot B are clearly marked with signage). We ask that parking in the front drive of the building be reserved for handicap parking at the reception only, and that you please only park/drive in the gravel areas to help keep our grounds beautiful for everyone to enjoy.
  • We are an outdoor and open air venue, so please dress comfortably for the weather and unpaved walking areas.
  • Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. There are dangerous cliffs and local wildlife nearby that may not be safe for unsupervised children.
  • Spend some time exploring all the Red River Gorge has to offer while you’re here! We are located near many local attractions and restaurants (listed below). If you need trail suggestions or insider tips on what to do, be sure to ask our friendly staff during the event. We are always happy to share!

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Bridal suite at Hemlock Springs in the Red River Gorge
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Reception venue at Hemlock Springs in the Red River Gorge


There are a number of wonderful places to stay in the Red River Gorge area, all conveniently located nearby Hemlock Springs. May we recommend:

  • Cliffview Resort – A scenic resort nestled in the woods just 10 minutes from Hemlock Springs, featuring guest rooms at the main Lodge and private Luxury Mega Cabins for your whole party. 
  • Red River Gorge Cabin Rentals – Dozens of rustic-chic cabins and yurts dotted throughout the Red River Gorge area, able to accommodate parties of all sizes. 
  • Red River Gorge Inn – Right on the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway, this conveniently located motel offers clean, casual comfort with pet-friendly rooms, Roku TV, and an included continental breakfast.
  • Chocolat Inn – A newly remodeled modern B&B features luxury rooms designed with international decor and an onsite café with fantastic specialty coffee and handmade chocolates.

Photo Credit Kevin & Anna Photography


Absolutely the MOST beautiful venue I have ever been to. The ceremony site in the middle of the trees/woods, the views overlooking the Red River Gorge ridge line, the amazing barn and reception areas… I can go on and on! The owners, Liz & Skip, are some of the nicest people we have ever met, who clearly have a passion and talent for what they do. They put so much thought into making our day as personalized as we are, and went above and beyond anything we could have imagined. Their father even handmade all of the gorgeous wooden harvest tables that we had the pleasure of using for our reception! We could not have picked a more perfect venue to celebrate our wedding and are so grateful to have found this amazing place. ~Kacie S.


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If you’re looking for a venue that is classic and yet natural and an experience that is as easy as checking into a five star hotel, you’re in the right place.

We value taking the time to get to know each couple and family that we work with. Our team genuinely cares about your overall experience, and that’s why we’ve created a space designed to reflect your individual style, honor our natural surroundings, and allow you and your guests to relax and enjoy such a memorable day.

Photo Credit: Katch Silva

Fall wedding at Hemlock Springs in the Red River Gorge, KY


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Fall wedding in the Red River Gorge


Skip and Liz are the heart behind Hemlock Springs. They grew up visiting the Red River Gorge for weekend adventures with their families that ignited a lifelong love for the area and a passion for the outdoors.

Throughout their years of visits, they never happened to meet until the day a mutual friend set them up while rock climbing. They fell in love and decided to settle down in the place that drew them together- building the ceremony site for their own wedding.

Sharing their home and passion for such a special place with others on one of the most memorable days of their lives has brought them full-circle and allows them to preserve their piece of the Red River Gorge. 

Photo Credit Kevin & Anna Photography

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Fall wedding in the Red River Gorge


Whether you desire an intimate elopement, a ready-made pop up style wedding, or a multi-day celebration, we have a package for you. For guest lists of 10 to 150, we can easily accommodate your needs.

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We make your bar service a breeze with our ready-made packages, or customize a package to suite your needs. 

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