Zilpo National Forest Scenic Byway

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Zilpo National Forest Scenic Byway is a gently curving eleven-mile road with a travel time of approximately 20 minutes each way. The route winds through an eastern hardwood forest which provides opportunities to glimpse wildlife and view Cave Run Lake. It is located on Cumberland Ranger District.

The byway begins on Forest Road 129 at Clear Creek Lake and ends at Zilpo Campground. To access the byway exit US Highway 60 in Salt Lick, take KY 211 south approximately 4 miles to Forest Service Road 129, on your left. Clear Creek Lake, in approximately 1 mile, is stop #1.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open
Fees None
Permit Info: A Special Use Permit is required for commercial activities (for example: fishing tournaments, rental of boats, trail rides, races, etc). A permit is also required for all noncommercial group uses involving more than 75 people.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Morehead, KY
Water: Drinking water is available at Clear Creek Recreation Area and Zilpo.
Restroom: A restroom is available at Clear Creek Recreation Area and Zilpo.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Cumberland Ranger District
2375 KY 801 South
Morehead, KY 40351  

General Information


From US 60, take KY 211 through Salt Lick to Forest Service Road 129. 

Recreation Map

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