Clifty Wilderness

Area Status: Open

Swift Camp CreekClifty Wilderness offers natural beauty and quiet solitude. This 12,646-acre area has more than 20 miles of trail that take hikers through stream valleys with dense hemlock forest and across ridges with spectacular landscape views. The terrain is rugged and steep, offering plenty of physical challenge and adventure. Clifty Wilderness supports an unusual array of flora with 750 flowering plants and 170 species of moss that thrive in the area. This diversity is attributed to geographic location, topography and glacial history. Some plant and animal species in this area are listed as endangered, threatened, sensitive or rare. Clifty Wilderness is located in the Red River Gorge on Cumberland District of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Drinking water
Passes: No fee for trail use. All vehicles on KY 15 or in the Red River Gorge and Indian Creek area north of KY 15 must display a recreation permit for backcountry camping between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. $5/day; $7/3 days; $50/annual pass. Recreation Passes and Permits‚Äč
Information Center: Gladie Office Contact Information

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Big Game Hunting

A variety of game is hunted each year in Clifty Wilderness. To hunt on national forest land, you must have a valid hunting license and follow all rules and regulations set forth by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Strict penalties exist for illegal hunting. Even though you may be within the Clifty Wilderness boundary, there are pockets of private land within that boundary. Abide by posted "No Hunting" and "No Trespassing" signs. During hunting season, wear hunter orange to make yourself more visible.

Species White-tailed deer


Drinking water: Water may not be safe for drinking. All water should be treated before consumption.

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