Best Hiking Trails in Daniel Boone National Forest
Daniel Boone National Forest stretches from the southern border of Kentucky almost to its northernmost edge, tracing the rugged western slope of the Appalachian Mountains. Between the variation and terrain and the forest's sheer size, Daniel Boone offers an astounding variety in adventure—everything from water skiing and scuba diving in some of the area's biggest lakes, to exploring the sandstone arches and cliffs of the famed Red River Gorge. Daniel Boone is also home to a number of cultural and historic sites, including ancient rock shelters and civil war engagement sites.
Before you go, check for recent road or campsite closures here. You can also find camping reservation information on the Daniel Boone National Forest website.
If you're looking to stage a longer backpacking trip, try a section of the 290-mile Sheltowee National Scenic Trail (or hiking the whole thing).
When to Go
Spring and fall offer moderate temperatures and lower humidity, but dozens of lakes, rivers, and swimming holes mean it's easy to stay cool in the summer, as well.
Many areas of the forest are free to visit. However, some areas do require fees or a pre-purchased Forest Pass to cover maintenance and conservation costs, and those requirements vary throughout the national forest. Check the website of the area you plan to visit to get an updated schedule of fees.
Permits are required for activities like foraging for commercial events.
Like in other national forests, dogs are permitted on trails and campsites as long as they're on a leash that's six feet or shorter. Please remember to clean up after your dog.