Daniel Boone National Forest

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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 await!

Recreation Guide

Spread across 21 counties of eastern Kentucky, the Daniel Boone National Forest manages more than 708,000 acres of national forest system lands within a 2.1 million-acre proclamation boundary. From over 600 miles of trails to two federally recognized wildernesses and more than 250 recreation sites, the Daniel Boone National Forest provides countless opportunities to explore eastern Kentucky's landscape, heritage, and culture.

  • London Ranger District Office Reconstruction

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    The London Ranger District Office Compound will be demolished and completely reconstructed to make way for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s planned widening of U.S. Highway 25.

  • KY Transportation Cabinet Funds Trail Improvements

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    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recognized the role the Forest plays in the provision and maintenance of regional transportation with a $2.4 million grant to improve the Forest’s motorized and non-motorized trails and trail programs.


2022 Recreation Fee Changes

On January 1, 2022 the Daniel Boone National Forest will implement Forest-wide recreation fee changes. These changes will impact fees at 32 sites across the Forest, including nine sites that do not currently require a fee. 

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50th Anniversary of Big Swag Helibase

Big Swag Helitack Crew

The Daniel Boone National Forest Helitack Program marked its 60th anniversary in 2020. This program was the first Helitack Crew established east of the Mississippi River – a milestone for the Forest, Region 8, and the Forest Service Aviation Program. This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of our current Forest helibase on Big Swag Ridge. Big Swag Helibase is an all-in-one location that provides rapid response to fires, a base for Forest fuels reduction, and learning opportunities to Forests throughout the region.

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