Stearns Ranger District

Stearns Ranger OfficeThe Stearns Ranger District is the southernmost district of the Daniel Boone National Forest. On this district, nearly 148,000 acres of national forest land are managed across four Kentucky counties

Stearns Ranger District
3320 US 27 North
Whitley City, KY 42653
606-376-5323

The developed recreation areas include campgrounds, trails, shooting ranges, picnic area, boat ramps and scenic areas. The district features two state Wild Rivers - Cumberland and Rock Creek - and two federal candidates for National Wild and Scenic River designation - Marsh Creek and Rock Creek.

The district surrounds the northern portion of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

Recreation opportunities on Stearns Ranger District include:

Learn more about recreation on Stearns Ranger District.

Directions to Ranger Station: From Somerset, travel south on US 27 for approximately 22 miles. The ranger station will be on your left.

From Whitley City, travel north on US 27 for 3.7 miles. The ranger station will be on your right.

From I-75, take exit 25 for US 25W toward Corbin. Turn right at US-25W S/Cumberland Falls Road and go 7.4 miles then take a slight right at KY 90 W. Go 20 miles and turn south onto US 27 for 5.7 miles. Ranger station will be on the left.

Latitude: 36.76931751
Longitude: -84.47829912

Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; the office is closed on all federal holidays.

Counties: McCreary, Wayne, and Whitley (map)
Acreage: 171,185
Ranger: Tim Reed

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Stearns Ranger District Map