Temporary closures on Cumberland District due to heavy rain

On the Cumberland Ranger District, heavy rain and inclement weather have created local conditions that are presenting challenges at some recreation facilities and limiting access to areas of the Daniel Boone National Forest. The following information is current as of 05/06/2019 at 10:00 AM:

High flood waters at Cave Run Lake have resulted in the closing of several boat ramps and inability to use courtesy docks at some locations. Boaters can currently access Cave Run Lake using boat ramps at Stoney Cove, Scott Creek, and Alfrey boat ramps, but may not be able to use docks. All other boat ramps are being impacted by flood waters.

  • Paragon road is closed at Hwy 519 to Jones Ridge Road.
  • A serious landslide has limited traffic to one-way controlled near the “Lakeview Vista” parking area. Campers and large vehicles will be challenged navigating the one lane access.
  • Most day use sites around Cave Run Lake remain closed as part of the normal winter management.
  • White Sulphur Horse Camp is open. Clear Creek Campground is closed.
  • White Sulphur ATV trails are closed as part of the normal winter closure.
  • Equestrian trail users are reminded that the only equestrian trails open are the winter use trails, as designated on the Cave Run Trails map; the winter closure is in effect for all other equestrian trails.
  • Mountain bikers are reminded that riding trails in wet conditions can cause trail damage. Please consider local conditions and abandon your ride if you are leaving ruts.
  • In the Red River Gorge, wet soil conditions are preventing the opening of several gravel roads. Rock Bridge, Chimney Top, and Indian Creek roads are closed. Tunnel Ridge Road is open to the Gray’s Arch Trailhead, but closed beyond this parking area. Sky Bridge Road is open.
  • Koomer Ridge Campground is open.
  • The Gladie Visitor Center is closed for the winter.
  • All hikers and backpackers should be prepared to encounter slippery and sloppy trail conditions. Please go prepared and take your time in these challenging hiking conditions.