Explore the Daniel Boone National Forest

As you look forward to the remainder of spring and start planning those fun summer adventures, we hope a visit to Kentucky is on your list of things to do.  In Kentucky, spirited adventure is just part of who we are.  From Bluegrass countryside to the Appalachian Mountains, with vast national forests and rugged state parks lying in between, there's no state more diverse in its beauty than Kentucky.  Though Kentucky has a variety of wonderful state parks and recreation areas to enjoy, there's one that stands out as a perennial favorite.  The Daniel Boone National Forest is a true treasure, and a place worthy of exploring.  When it comes to accommodations, there are many wonderful Kentucky Bed and Breakfasts in the surrounding area to choose from.  Book your room at any one of these incredible Inns, and get ready to discover Kentucky's unbridled spirit.

Daniel Boone National Forest

The Daniel Boone National Forest stretches North to South through some of the most rugged and scenic parts of Kentucky, with picturesque forested slopes, dramatic sandstone cliffs, and narrow ravines.  In fact, it's home to some of the country's most rugged terrain west of the Appalachian Mountains.  Visitors flock to this forest for some of Kentucky's best hiking, rock climbing, fishing, boating, and general recreation.  In total, there are more than 700,000 acres of wilderness to explore.  As you put together your itinerary, here are some of our favorite things to do in the Daniel Boone National Forest:

  • The Red River Gorge is a unique, scenic natural area within the Daniel Boone National Forest. Known for its spectacular rock formations, including sandstone arches and towering cliffs, it attracts thousands of visitors each year. It's a wonderful place for hiking, camping, canoeing, wildlife viewing and more. Popular arches to visit are Sky Bridge, Grays Arch, Double Arch, Rock Bridge, Yahoo Arch, and Natural Arch.
  • The Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail is considered the backbone of the trail system through the Daniel Boone National Forest. Many other trails hook up with this larger trail, offering plenty of opportunities for short day hikes or long backpacking adventures. In total, the trail begins in northern Kentucky on KY377 and travels nearly 290 miles to it's end in Tennessee.
  • There are a variety of beautiful waterfalls within the National Forest as well, and springtime is a great time to see these raging waters. Our favorites are Vanhook Falls, Dog Slaughter Falls, and Princess/Lick Creek Falls.
  • Take a scenic drive along the winding Red River Gorge National Scenic Byway or Zilpo National Forest Scenic Byway, where you'll enjoy unbeatable views of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Along the way, you'll drive through tunnels, and spot natural arches, waterfalls, and some of the states most scenic vistas.
  • Visit the sparkling blue waters of Lake Cumberland, a popular tourist and house-boating destination in Kentucky.
When you're exhausted and ready for a relaxing evening, unwind at one of Kentucky's finest Bed and Breakfasts. Whether you prefer to stay in a cozy bed and breakfast, a charming countryside cottage, or a century-old historic inn, Kentucky has an Inn that's just right for you. Find your favorite Inn, book your room, and start planning today.