Cawood Picnic Area

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Cawood Picnic Area

Cawood Picnic Area is located along a creek shaded by large hemlock trees. The site amenities include grills, picnic tables, horseshoe pits and toilet facilities. This area once served as a Civilian Conservation Corps camp during the 1930s. It is located on the Redbird Ranger District

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed for season. Will reopen April 2022.
Operational Hours:  Day use area only - open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Picnic tables,Parking
Fees None
Permit Info: A Special Use Permit is required for commercial activities (for example: fishing tournaments, boat rentals, trail rides, outfitter guides, races, etc). A permit is also required for all noncommercial group uses involving more than 75 people.
Open Season: Early April - End of October
Usage: Light
  • Day use area; hours are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Camping and overnight use prohibited. 36 CFR 261.58 (u).
  • Food and trash storage are mandatory, to reduce odors that attract bears. Unless cooking or eating, store your food inside a hardtop vehicle, the  trunk of a car or a bear-resistant container.  (Order DB-02-15)
  • Alcohol use prohibited: Consumption of alcohol is prohibited on national forest land and Kentucky lakes and waterways. KRS 222.202; (Order DB-02-15)
  • No fires outside of a fire ring provided by the Forest Service or outside of a stove, grill or fireplace. (36 CFR 261.16)
  • Your fire must be DEAD OUT before leaving. (36 CFR 261.5) You will be held liable for suppression costs if your fire starts a wildfire.
  • PROHIBITED: Failing to dispose of all garbage, including any paper, can, bottle, sewage, waste water or material, or rubbish either by removal from the site or area, or by depositing it into receptacles or at places provided for such purposes. (36 CFR 261.11)
  • PROHIBITED: Dumping of any refuse, debris, trash or litter brought as such from private property. (36 CFR 261.11)
Closest Towns: Manchester, KY
Water: Nonpotable
Restroom: Accessible Chemical Toilets
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center:
Redbird Ranger District
91 Peabody Road
Big Creek, KY 40914

General Information


Located approximately 3 miles north of the junction of KY 221 with US 421 in Leslie County, just north of the Harlan County line.


The vault toilets are accessible, as well as some of the picnic tables.  


Parking is available at the picnic area.

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Picnic tables Picnic tables and pedestal grills
Parking Parking is available at the site
Accessible The toilet and some of the picnic tables are accessible.