Welcome to Explore Daniel Boone National Forest, or Explore DBNF for short! We are a collective of like-minded individuals with a passion for one of the Commonwealth’s most valuable resources: the Daniel Boone National Forest. Our goal is to help people get out and explore Kentucky’s wilderness while promoting safe and responsible travel.

We are accomplishing this task by spreading our message through this website, our Facebook Group (and page), and our Instagram page. Help us achieve our goals of protecting our National Forest by helping us spread our message!

About The Daniel Boone National Forest

The Daniel Boone National Forest is the only national forest within the state of Kentucky, which was initially established in 1937. It is comprised of over 708,000 acres of federally owned land. The rough, rugged terrain of the Commonwealth’s only national forest is home to hundreds of arches, waterfalls and amazing vistas.

Arguably, the most famous part of the Daniel Boone National Forest is the Red River Gorge National Geological Area. This area, composing only roughly 29,000 acres, is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our forest. There’s plenty to see throughout the whole area!

Resources We Love

There are plenty of other resources out there for the intrepid explorer of Kentucky’s wilderness. Here are some of our favorites!

Social Groups and Hubs

  • Kentucky Waterfalls, Arches and Landscapes Facebook Group.

  • The 11th Essential Instagram Page

  • The Hike the Bluegrass Instagram Page

Other Resources

  • The Forest Service Website for DBNF

  • The Forest Service Website for RRG

  • The Kentucky Landforms Database

  • The Kentucky Waterfalls Database

  • The Kentucky Arch Database

  • The Arches of Red River Gorge