Special Places

  • Arches

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    Arches are stone structures sculpted by wind and water. Kentucky has more natural stone arches than any other state in the eastern United States.

  • Heritage Sites

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    We protect and share significant cultural resources across the Forest to ensure that future generations can understand the human stories present on our landscape.

    Kentucky's Iron Furnaces: A Self-Led Auto Tour.

  • Red River Gorge

    Overlooking the Red River as it cuts through a deep gorge and bare trees in winter.

    The Red River Gorge is a federally-designated National Geological Area, National Natural Landmark, National Archaeological District and is the host of a wide variety of year-round recreation opportunities.

  • Sheltowee Trace

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    The Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail is Kentucky's longest trail at over 300 miles. It stretches from the northernmost portion of the Forest all the way to Tennessee.

  • Waterfalls

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    Waterfalls are spots where rivers or streams flow over a steep vertical drop. They may began as small drops, but, as the water erodes the stone below, they can grow to spectacular sizes.

  • Wetlands

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    Wetlands provide habitat for an array of plants and animals, including many rare species that are found in no other place. We have taken the lead in restoring a variety of wetland habitat across the Forest.

  • Wildernesses

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    Wildernesses are areas that remain in their natural state, largely uninfluenced by human activity. We manage two wildernesses where visitors are free to explore nature's solitude and scenic beauty.

  • Wildlife Management Areas

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    Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) provide diverse habitats for wildlife species and promote sustainable practices regarding the land. We manage several WMAs alongside our partners.

Recreation Areas