Scenic Driving

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The Daniel Boone National Forest offers the perfect place for a driving excursion. The everchanging palette of the seasons offers a unique experience no matter what time of year you visit. More than 600 miles of road (see our Motor Vehicle Use Maps) allow drivers to explore the heart of eastern and southern Kentucky forests on a weekend road trip or for just a few hours of touring.

Some roads are specially designated as a scenic byway. The winding Red River Gorge National Scenic Byway (see map) and Zilpo National Forest Scenic Byway (see map) offer spectacular views of the forest. Sections of the Wilderness Road Heritage Highway and the Cumberland Cultural Heritage Highway also pass through the forest.

Commercial outfitters or guides and groups of 75 people or more must obtain a Special Use permit. Contact the District Ranger for more information.

Please visit America's Byways or Tour Southern and Eastern Kentucky websites for more information about scenic drives in Kentucky.