The place we call home is on Clear Creek in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. We're situated in Rockcastle County just over the first "Big Hill" where the bluegrass farmlands & horse fields of Central Kentucky give way to the rising ridges of East Kentucky.
The energetic center of this place is an ever-flowing nautral spring that seeps from hillside shale and provides water throughout the site. Over time, we have gradually built infrastructure to make a home and office for ourselves as well as to accommodate community gatherings and events. All power on the site is provided by the sun via a sophisticated off-grid photovoltaic system. We use composting outhouses to recycle our waste. An outdoor timberframe kitchen, a cob oven, spring showers, a performance stage, camping platforms & cleared woodland sites as well as a lofted barn dormitory provide the rustic infrastructure to host outdoor gatherings.
We are located in an area once known as Disputanta along the ridge of Clear Creek in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, 40456. Included lower on this page are driving directions from the nearest interstates and from Berea, Kentucky as well as some valuable information to know about visiting our off-the-grid site.
If you are traveling from afar, the Bluegrass Airport (LEX in Lexington, KY) is our nearest regional airport, a 75-minute drive. We are about 2 hours from the international airports serving Northern Kentucky / Cincinnati (CVG) and Louisville (SDF).
If you are not planning to camp on site, we recommend the following local places to stay overnight: Homegrown Hideaways for eco-friendly glamping options, Happiness Hills Farm for a nearby rural location with multiple indoor guest spaces, Boone Tavern in Berea for a classic hotel experience and -- a little further from us, though definitely worth the drive -- Snug Hollow Farm Bed & Breakfast.
Off-the-Grid: We are off-the-grid with no cell phone service and limited internet access. Your last reliable place for cell service when you’re coming from the interstate or the Berea area is the Big Hill Food Mart where Hwy 21 and 421 meet. Please don’t rely on GPS to get to us as it often misleads people or cuts out before your arrival so be sure to have access to the directions here before you get out of range!
Flashlight: If you're arriving and/or leaving after dark, we suggest bringing a flashlight to see your way.
Getting Back to Us: We’re tucked back in the woods on the side of a little mountain. Once you’ve pulled up into the cleared field, park there if there are lots of other people on site or if it's just you visiting, drive on through the field past the barn and the red farm gate into the woods and follow the road back to where it opens up into the festival grounds. As you pull in to the clearing, the composting outhouses are to your left and the solar / office building is up the hill to your right. Get parked in this area in a way that will be easy to get back out and not block others from getting in & out.
Road Conditions: The county road leading up to our place is gravel and is not well-drained which can make for a bumpy ride. Our own road back into our place is a dirt-gravel combo and in wet conditions, will have some watery holes and rocky places that you’ll want to drive slowly over. If you have an all-wheel drive option or a vehicle with a higher wheel base, it will make the trip back to our place easier though it’s not necessary. Heads up that your vehicle will almost certainly be dirtier after coming to our place than it was when you arrived. And if you’re visiting in winter, plan to check in with us about the ice or snow status as the roads are occasionally impassable.
The Facilities: We try to make use of every resource that finds its way to our place. This principle extends to what is often considered “waste” and what we have learned to call “humanure.” (!) We thus invite you to use our composting outhouses which are a couple hundred yards from our home and right across from our solar building.
We are a 25-minute drive off I-75 and GPS often misleads people — take the routes below for a lovely ride.
These directions will guide you from I-75 Exit 77. Start from #4 if you are in the town center (make sure you are oriented appropriately to head east / southeast out of town on highway 21).