Cave Run Lake

Welcome to Cave Run Lake, an 8,270-acre lake nestled in the beautiful mountains of eastern Kentucky. Built for flood protection by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Louisville District) this lake provides flood protection to the lower Licking River valley. In addition to flood control, Cave Run Lake supplies water to area communities, improves water flow conditions on the Licking River, and offers habitat for many species of fish and wildlife.

Cave Run Lake is located within the scenic Eastern Highlands region of Kentucky in Bath, Rowan, Morgan, and Menifee counties. The lake is 60 miles east of Lexington, Kentucky. Exits 123, 133, and 137 off Interstate 64 provide the primary access routes.

Cumberland District Office

Start your visit with a stop at our office located on KY 801 South. With a large deck overlooking Cave Run Lake, the office features interactive displays that tell the history of the area. A short video highlighting major attractions of the area may be viewed in our comfortable auditorium.

Our staff will answer any questions you have and can provide you with information to help you enjoy your visit. We have trail guides, brochures and maps.

Recreation Activities

Two of the largest campgrounds in the Southern Region of the Forest Service can be found on the lake. Managed by private concessionaires under permits from the Forest Service, these campgrounds have nearly 400 campsites, some with hook-ups for RVs, in addition to swimming beaches and group-use areas.

Learn more about recreation on Cave Run Lake.



Points of Interest


Nearly 115 miles of trails are found on the Cumberland District. The trails wind through scenic hardwoods, next to clifflines, and along Cave Run Lake. Small streams, woodland wildflowers, beautiful fall colors, ridgetops with scenic views, and glimpses of wildlife are some of the pleasures you may encounter while enjoying the trails.

The Cumberland District allows multi-use travel on many of its trails, so you may encounter people on foot, horseback or mountain bikes. These trails will be signed to indicate the type of use allowed. Please be courteous to other users. Trail maps and additional information are available at the Cumberland office.

Seasonal Closures

Most of our recreation areas open in March or April and close in the fall. Foot travel is welcome year round.

The office, boat ramps, and the shooting range are open year round. During the fall hunting seasons, some gates are opened on national forest roads. Contact the Cumberland office for yearly opening and closing dates of roads and recreation areas.

Cumberland Ranger District - Daniel Boone National Forest
2375 KY 801 South
Morehead, KY 40351

Daniel Boone National Forest
Supervisor’s Office
1700 Bypass Road
Winchester, KY 40391

Cumberland/Rowan County Chamber of Commerce
150 East First Street
Morehead, KY 40351
606-784-6221 Phone

Ky. Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
#1 Game Farm Rd.
Frankfort, KY 40601

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
150 KY 826
Morehead, KY 40351
24-hour lake information: 606-783-7001