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 are charged in certain areas to help maintain, manage and improve the facilities that we provide.
The annual recreation fee schedule describes where fees are charged and which type of pass is required at each fee site. Local vendors and forest offices sell passes which must be purchased prior to visiting sites as described in the fee schedule. Half-off discounts or fee waivers are offered on certain fees if you have an America the Beautiful Interagency Pass or a Golden Pass. Learn more about fee discounts….
There are different types of fees at forest recreation sites. Some sites are managed for the Forest Service by private companies. Fees collected at these sites are used by the company to operate the site and as general revenue.
About Daniel Boone National Forest Passes
Where forest passes are required the fee is charged for: use of any facilities at boat ramps and shooting ranges; for backcountry camping in the Red River Gorge; for OHV use of OHV trails and for use of any facilities at Natural Arch Scenic Area. Rental fees are charged at some sites to cover the administrative costs of managing rentals. These passes are available at local vendors or any Forest Service office. The Forest Service offices accept cash, check and credit card payment. Credit cards are accepted at some vendors.
Where Daniel Boone Recreation Passes Are Used:
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Cumberland District - Cave Run Lake
- Scott Creek, Warix Run, Claylick, Poppin Rock, Alfrey & Longbow Boat Ramps. Hang Tag or Sticker. $3/day; $5/3 day; $30 annual.
- White Sulphur OHV Trail System. OHV Decal or band. $7/day; $15/3 day; $40/annual.
Cumberland District - Red River Gorge
- Backcountry camping between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.. Hang Tag or Sticker. $3/day; $5/3 day; $30/annual.
London District - Laurel River Lake
- Flatwoods, Grove, Holly Bay, Marsh Branch and Laurel Bridge Boat Ramps. Hang Tag or Sticker. $3/day; $5/3 day; $30/annual.
Stearns District - 606-376-5323
- Appletree Shooting Range. Hang Tag, Sticker or Pay at Site. $3/day; $5/3 day; $30/annual.
- Keno Shooting Range. Hang Tag, Sticker or Pay at Site. $3/day; $5/3 day; $30/annual.
- Natural Arch Recreation Area. Hang Tag, Sticker or Pay at Site. $3/day; $5/3 day. $30/annual.
Redbird District - 606-598-2192
- Redbird Crest Trail. OHV Decal or band. $7/day; $15/3 day; $40/annual.
How The Fees Are Used
Some fee sites are operated by the Forest Service. Approximately 80 percent of the fees collected at these sites are used to maintain the recreation facilities. Fee revenues help 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 revenues help fund general management of the fee program. Learn more…