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

Billy Branch Picnic Area

Boat Gunnel Picnic Area Map

This location is temporarily shut down. Opening to be announced at a later date.

Billy Branch Picnic Area is located on the shores of Cave Run Lake on the Cumberland Ranger District of Daniel Boone National Forest.

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 Cave Run Lake is widely known for its scenic beauty and varied outdoor recreation opportunities. The lake is also the home of Kentucky's state record muskie.This 8,270-acre lake is jointly operated and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Forest Service. 

White Sulphur OHV Trail System

2020 White Sulphur OHV Calendar

From May 1 to November 30, the trail is open to OHV use.
From December 1 to April 30 it is open to hiking only.

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 watersheThe trail is designed for novice to intermediate riders. Orange diamond-shaped blazes mark the designated trail route. 

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Trailhead: White Sulphur OHV Trailhead

Cave Run Lake area map

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