Special Places Overview
Arches, waterfalls, clifflines, rivers, creeks and other places of unique natural beauty and historical significance await you.
Arches: Kentucky has more natural stone arches than any state in the eastern United States.
Byways: Explore a forest road along Zilpo Scenic Byway and Red River Gorge Scenic Byway.
Horse Lick Creek: This creek begins its 16-mile journey in western Jackson County, flowing below steeply rugged slopes before descending into the Rockcastle River.
Lakes: Learn about Cave Run Lake, Laurel River Lake and Lake Cumberland.
Red River Gorge Geological Area on Cumberland Ranger District.
Rivers: Learn about the Red River, Rockcastle River and Cumberland River.
Rock Creek: Lined with magnificent boulders, riffles, glides and pools, this scenic creek is a blue ribbon trout fishery and a Kentucky Wild River.
Rock Shelters: Rock shelters may be the oldest "homes" used by prehistoric people.
Special Trails: Learn more about the Sheltowee Trace, White Sulphur OHV Trail, Redbird Crest Trail, and Barren Fork Interpretive Trail.
Waterfalls: Cool off on a hot summer day with a visit to a forest waterfall.
Wetlands: More than 850 wetlands provide habitat for hundreds of plants and animals.
Wildernesses: Discover all that wilderness provides including solitude, challenge and scenic beauty.
Wildlife Management Areas: Five wildlife management areas are managed cooperatively with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Camp Wildcat Battlefield
Iron Furnaces: Fitchburg, Clear Creek and Cottage Furnace
Fire Towers: Tater Knob and S-Tree
Cliff Palace Pond