Forest Shut Down

Temporary Shut Down of Some Recreation Areas

Many developed recreation areas in the Daniel Boone National Forest are now temporarily shut down to help protect the health and safety of visitors and staff. 

The developed recreation sites temporarily shut down include campgrounds, picnic areas and shooting ranges across the forest, and Red River Gorge. These measures are temporary but effective immediately. A date for reopening recreation areas is currently undetermined.

View Leave No Trace information about recreating outdoors during the pandemic

Getting your maps and passes during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our office has moved to virtual work until further notice, and to protect the health and safety of our employees and customers, we are not selling maps or passes IN PERSON. However, continuing our service to you is very important and we are available to help you! Please call 859-745-3100 for any inquiries and assistance. Learn more about getting passes and maps.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of the COVID-19.

What recreation sites are open?

All sites remain open that are normally open during the winter season. View our Recreation Area Dates and Fees to learn what is open.

The Forest Supervisor's office (in Winchester, KY) is an administrative office located outside of the forest. Call one of our district offices for specific information about trails and camping near the area you plan on visiting.

The Daniel Boone National Forest embraces some of the most rugged terrain west of the Appalachian Mountains. Steep forested slopes, sandstone cliffs and narrow ravines characterize the land.

Visitors come here to hike, camp, picnic, rockclimb, boat, hunt, fish, ride, target shoot and relax. The forest contains three large lakes (Cave Run Lake, Laurel River Lake and Lake Cumberland), many rivers and streams, Clifty Wilderness, Beaver Creek Wilderness, Red River Gorge and the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail that extends across the length of the forest.

Spread across 21 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky, more than 708,000 acres of national forest system lands are managed within a 2.1 million-acre proclamation boundary. The forest is divided into four ranger districts: Cumberland, London, Redbird and Stearns. The forest is host to three Job Corps Centers.

Volunteer Internship Opportunities

Know Before You GoWe want your visit to the forest to be safe and enjoyable. When planning your trip, review the rules and regulations.

The Daniel Boone National Forest is part of the Forest Service under the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages national forests and grasslands to provide the nation with a sustained yield of natural resources, including wood, water and wildlife.

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