Special Places Overview

Arches, waterfalls, clifflines, rivers, creeks and other places of unique natural beauty and historical significance await you.

Special Places

Arches: Kentucky has more natural stone arches than any state in the eastern United States.

BywaysExplore a forest road along Zilpo Scenic Byway and Red River Gorge Scenic Byway.

Horse Lick CreekThis 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.

RiversLearn 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.

Heritage Resources:

Camp Wildcat Battlefield

Iron Furnaces: Fitchburg, Clear Creek and Cottage Furnace

Fire Towers: Tater Knob and S-Tree

Cliff Palace Pond

Gladie Cabin

Redbird History

Sublimity Bridge

Map of Ranger Districts on the Daniel Boone