Special Places

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.

Minor E. Clark Fish Hatchery: The Minor E. Clark Fish Hatchery is one of the largest warm-water fish hatcheries in the nation. 

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

Highlighted Areas

White Sulphur OHV Trail System

White Sulphur OHV Trail System is composed of several Forest Service roads and trails in the White Sulphur area, forming a 17-mile trail system of connecting loops. It is located near Cave Run Lake on the Cumberland Ranger District. The trail is located in moderately rugged terrain, primarily following ridgetops. Most of the trail is hardened with gravel to prevent erosion and impacts on the watershed.The trail is designed for novice to intermediate riders. Orange diamond-shaped blazes mark the designated trail route. 

  • Motorized vehicles are not permitted on closed roads, which are indicated by tank traps, earthen mounds and "Road Closed" signs.
  • Access to the OHV trail is permitted only from the OHV trailhead.
  • Crosscountry and off-trail motorized vehicle travel, including hill climbs, are not permitted. 
  • Horses and mountain bikes are not allowed on the trail. 
  • Only OHVs 50 inches or less in width and off-road motorcycles are allowed on this trail.
  • Spark arrestors are required on all OHVs traveling on public lands.
  • No one under 16 years of age shall operate an OHV with an engine exceeding 90cc.
  • No one under 12 years of age shall operate an OHV with an engine exceeding 70cc.