|The Daniel Boone National Forest is located along the Cumberland Plateau in the Appalachian foothills of eastern Kentucky.The forest encompasses over 707,000 acres of mostly rugged terrain. The land is characterized by steep forested ridges dissected by narrow ravines and over 3,400 miles of sandstone cliffs.
These lands are federally managed to provide the nation with a sustained yield of natural resources, including wood, water, forage and wildlife. Recreation opportunities on the national forest are an added bonus. The conservation management of natural resources and recreation provides significant economic, environmental and social benefits in the public interest.
Millions of visitors come to enjoy the scenic beauty and abundant wildlife that the forest has to offer. Cave Run Lake and Laurel River Lake are popular attractions on the forest. Other special areas include the Red River Gorge Geological Area, Natural Arch Scenic Area, Clifty Wilderness, Beaver Creek Wilderness, and five wildlife management areas.
Over 600 miles of trails provide a quiet escape to more remote places within the forest. Hikers, horseback riders and other trail users get back to nature along the 269-mile Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail that extends the entire length of the Daniel Boone. Hundreds of miles of winding rivers and streams provide the finishing touch in outdoor beauty.
Come and discover what you've been missing. Whether you prefer to hike, camp, fish, hunt or just relax, the Daniel Boone National Forest is nature's best in southern and eastern Kentucky.
The Interagency Pass is one of several pass options that allows you to gain access to many of standard amenity recreation sites managed by the National Park Service, the USDA Forest Service, the DOI Bureau of Land Management, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Click here for more information about the Interagency Pass.
The Daniel Boone National Forest requires Recreation Passes for various Recreation Sites throughout the Forest. Recreation Passes can be purchased in one-day, three-day, and annual increments. Click here for a list of sites requiring Recreation Passes.
Off-Highway Vehicle operators at the Daniel Boone National Forest are required to have an OHV Pass to ride the Redbird Crest and White Sulphur OHV Trails. As with Recreation Passes, OHV Passes can be purchased in one-day, three-day, or annual increments. Please note: Riders are responsible for their own safety while using the OHV Trails at Daniel Boone. All OHV operators must consent to trail rules and regulations before being allowed to purchase an OHV Pass.