Recreation Permits and Passes

The Daniel Boone National Forest offers a variety of activities such as camping, OHV riding, boating and target shooting. Many of the facilities and services associated with these opportunities are free. However, fees may be charged at certain recreation sites or passes may be required to help maintain, manage, and improve the facilities.

Forest Fees & Passes

The Forest charges fees at some campgrounds and requires the purchase of a pass to for access to boat ramps and shooting range facilities, backcountry camping in the Red River Gorge, OHV use of OHV trails, and access to the Natural Arch Scenic Area.

Campground fees may be charged either at the campground or via reservation. Some pay-at-site campgrounds are not staffed and may require you to pay via provided payment envelopes. Accepted payments are cash or check. Change is not available. See list of Reservable Recreation Sites.

Forest passes are available for purchase by cash, check, or card at Daniel Boone National Forest offices. They are also available at many local pass vendors.

You may also use the Recreation Pass Order Form.

Passes should be displayed on or in any motorized vehicle that occupies a space in the pass restricted areas below.

Cumberland District, Cave Run Lake

  • Alfrey, Bangor, Claylick, Clear Creek, Leatherwood, Longbow, Poppin Rock, Scott Creek and  Warix Run Boat Ramps. Hang Tag or Sticker. $5/1 day; $7/3 day; $50 annual.
  • Billy Branch Picnic Area: Hang Tag or Sticker. $5/1 day; $7/3 day; $50 annual. 
  • White Sulphur OHV Trail System. OHV Decal or band. $15/1 day; $60/annual.
  • Claylick Boat-In Campground: Pay at site by fee envelope: 1 night, single site $15; 1 night, double site $20.
  • Clear Creek Campground: Pay at site by fee envelope: 1 night, single site $15; 1 night, double site $20.
  • Clear Creek Shooting Range: Pay at site by fee envelope: 1 day, $10 for up to 5 persons per vehicle; $2 per additional person or walk in.

Cumberland District, Red River Gorge

  • Backcountry camping in the Red River Gorge between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.. Hang Tag or Sticker. $5/1 day; $7/3 day; $50/annual.
  • Koomer Ridge Campground: Pay at site. 1 night, $15; additional cars $10.

London District

  • Bee Rock, Craigs Creek, Flatwoods, Grove, Holly Bay,  Laurel Bridge and Marsh Branch Boat Ramps. Hang Tag or Sticker. $5/1 day; $7/3 day; $50/annual.
  • S-Tree Campground: Pay at site by fee envelope: 1 night, single site $15; 1 night, double site $20.
  • Whitman Branch Shooting Range: Hang Tag, Sticker or pay at site by fee envelope: $5/1 day; $7/3 day; $50/annual.
  • Bee Rock Campground: 1 night, single site $15; 1 night, double site $20.
  • Bee Rock Boat Ramp: Hang Tag, Sticker or pay at site by fee envelope: $5/1 day; $7/3 day; $50/annual.

Stearns District

  • Appletree Shooting Range. Hang Tag, Sticker or Pay at site by fee envelope: $5/1 day; $7/3 day; $50/annual.
  • Barren Fork Horse Camp. Pay at site by fee envelope: 1 night/$15
  • Great Meadows Campground. Pay at site by fee envelope: 1 night, single site $10; 1 night, double site $15.
  • Keno Shooting Range. Hang Tag, Sticker or Pay at site by fee envelope: $5/1 day; $7/3 day; $50/annual.
  • Natural Arch Recreation Area. Hang Tag, Sticker or Pay at site by fee envelope. $5/1 day; $7/3 day; $50/annual.

Redbird District

  • Redbird Crest Trail. OHV Decal or band. $15/1 day; $60/annual.

Annual passes expire December 31 of the year purchased; 1-day and 3-day passes expire at noon on the day after the last day of the pass. No refunds.

Approximately 80 percent of the fees collected at these sites are used to maintain the recreation facilities. Fee revenue helps pay for services such as mowing, trash pick-up, toilet cleaning, security lights and other routine operations of the facilities. In addition, fee collections help us make special improvements to better meet visitor needs, such as adding floating docks at boat ramps. The remaining revenue funds general management of the fee program.

Learn more about Forest Service Passes & Permits.

Concessionaire-Operated Site Fees

Some Forest recreation sites are managed for the Forest Service by private companies, called concessionaires. Fees collected at concessionaire-operated sites are used by the company to operate the site and as general revenue.

Rental Fees

Rental fees are charged at some sites to cover the administrative costs of managing rentals.

Interagency Passes

The interagency pass program provides reduced rates for frequent visitors to federal recreation areas. The program includes the Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation.

The following interagency passes and vouchers may be acquired at any Daniel Boone National Forest office or online at Recreation Fees and Passes | US Forest Service. Local vendors will not sell interagency passes nor offer the associated pass discounts. Only one annual pass may be purchased with the pass discount.

Reservable Recreation Sites

Reservations at some sites are available by calling recreation.gov at 877-444-6777 or visit https://www.recreation.gov.

  • Reservations can be made only for the summer recreation season.
  • Reservation can be made up to 6 months in advance for individual campsites and 12 months in advance for group campsites and cabins.
  • Some sites may require two or three nights of minimum stay on weekends and holidays.

Reservations can be made up to six months in advance for individual campsites and 12 months in advance for group campsites. Some sites may require a two or three night minimum stay on weekends and holidays. A service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees.

Camping and day use reservation policies are subject to change, so check recreation.gov for most recent policy information.

Cumberland District

London District

Stearns Ranger District