Special Places

Arches: Kentucky has more natural stone arches than any state in the eastern United States.

Rivers & Creeks: Red River, Rockcastle River, Cumberland River, Rock Creek

Lakes:  Cave Run Lake, Laurel River Lake and Lake Cumberland.

Trails: Learn more about the Sheltowee Trace, White Sulphur OHV Trail, Redbird Crest Trail, and Barren Fork Accessible Heritage 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: Beaver Creek Wilderness and Clifty Wilderness

Wildlife Management Areas: Pioneer Weapons, Cane Creek, Mill Creek, Redbird, and Beaver Creek Wildlife Management Areas

Red River Gorge Geological Area

Highlighted Areas

Camp Wildcat Battlefield

Camp Wildcat is the site of the first engagement of regular troops in Kentucky during the Civil War. The site is undeveloped and remote, reached only by a single-lane gravel road. The Forest Service works with volunteers and heritage groups to interpret and protect Camp Wildcat. It is located on  London Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Wildcat Trail #490 starts at the interpretive site at Camp Wildcat and ends at Hoosier Knob.

Learn more about the battle at Camp Wildcat Preservation Foundation.

HELP PRESERVE OUR HERITAGE: Archaeological sites are fragile resources. Once destroyed, they are gone forever. Help preserve Kentucky's past by not disturbing or collecting historical or archaeological artifacts. Report any discoveries to the nearest Forest Service office. All artifacts are protected by law.


Recreation Areas