Recreation

The Daniel Boone National Forest offers an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities. Camping, hiking and fishing are just a few of the attractions that draw more than one million visitors to the forest each year. During the summer months, campground events are scheduled for campers to enjoy.

Explore opportunities across the forest by selecting a recreation activity from links on the left. You may concentrate your search to one of four districts by selecting from the Areas and Activities sidebar.

Fees are required at some areas, such as boat ramps and campgrounds. However, most recreation opportunities are free for your use and enjoyment. Commercial outfitters, guides and groups of 75 people or more must obtain a Special Use Permit prior to hosting an event.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Barren Fork Picnic Area Open to Visitor Open to groups of up to 50 people.
Bee Rock Boat Ramp Closed to Visitor Closed for repair due to flooding
Bee Rock Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for repair due to flooding
Bee Rock Loop Trail #529 Closed to Visitor Temporarily shut down due to flood damage
Boat Gunnel Group Campground Open to Visitor Open to groups of up to 50 people.
Buck Creek Trail #118    Trail open to horses and hikers May 15 to December 15. Open to hikers only December 16 to May 14.
Caney Trail #1226    Trail open to horses and hikers May 15 to December 15. Open to hikers only December 16 to May 14.
Cave Run Lake Trail #116    Trail open to horses and hikers May 15 to December 15. Open to hikers only December 16 to May 14.
Cottage Furnace Interpretive Site Open to Visitor The road is gated, so you will have to park and walk one mile down the road to access site. 
Craigs Creek Group Area Open to Visitor Open to groups of up to 50 people.
Cumberland District Open to Visitor The Cumberland District Office has moved to virtual work; Please call 606-784-6428.
Gladie Visitor Center Closed to Visitor Opening delayed; date to be announced.
Grove Drive-in Campground Open to Visitor Restrooms and showers open.
Holly Bay Campground Open to Visitor Restrooms and showers open.
Lakeside South Trail #412 Closed to Visitor Shut down due to slump
Leatherwood Loop Trail #116A Open to Visitor Trail open to horses and hikers May 15 to December 15. Open to hikers only December 16 to May 14.
London Ranger District Open to Visitor Our office has moved to virtual work. Please call 606-864-4163 for assistance.
Morehead Office Visitor Center Open to Visitor Our office has moved to virtual work. Call 606-784-6428 for assistance.
Natural Arch Picnic Area Open to Visitor Open to groups of up to 50 people.
Natural Arch Scenic Area Open to Visitor Open to groups of up to 50 people.
Paragon Dispersed Camping Area Open to Visitor Road past dispersed camp sites is closed.
Redbird District Open to Visitor Our office has moved to virtual work until further notice. Call 606-598-2192 for any inquiries.
Rockcastle Connector Trail #401A Closed to Visitor Temporarily shut down due to flood damage.
Rockcastle Narrows Trail #503 Closed to Visitor Temporarily shut down due to flood damage.
Sheltowee Trace Trail #100 Section 11 Open to Visitor Sheltowee Trace section 10 is closed between MM 47–51 due to a mud slide just south of Clear Creek Campground. There is a detour around using existing roads.
Stearns District Open to Visitor Our office has moved to virtual work. Please call 606-376-5323 for any inquiries.
Tater Knob Fire Tower Closed to Visitor The historic Tater Knob fire tower is currently closed to visitation due to its destruction by fire. 
Tunnel Ridge Road Open to Visitor
Twin Knobs Recreation Area Open to Visitor Restrooms and showers open.
Twin Knobs West Group Use Area Open to Visitor Open to groups of up to 50 people.
White Sulphur Trail #115/115A    Trail open to horses and hikers May 15 to December 15. Open to hikers only December 16 to May 14.
Zilpo Recreation Area Open to Visitor Restrooms and showers open.


https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/dbnf/recreation