Daniel Boone National Forest Overview

Forest Service Office Access is limited

Continuing our service to you while doing our part to address the COVID-19 Pandemic is very important. To assist, we are asking all visitors to our offices to self-access using these questions. 

If the answer to all of these questions. is ‘no’ please call the office numbers listed for assistance in obtaining entrance to the office. This may include setting up an appointment to enhance social distancing and minimize the number of visitors in our office at one time.

If any of the answers to the questions on the attached flyer is ‘yes’ we ask that you still please call the office numbers listed so we may see how we may assist your need through other means besides face-to-face.

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


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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