Ready to get out there and start exploring the Daniel Boone National Forest? Well then, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some resources to get you started. Find everything from the best waterfall hikes to impressive road-side arches. Believe us, there is plenty to see and experience within Kentucky’s national forest! You might also be interested in checking out our Landforms Map!
Hikes with Waterfalls
When a lot of people think of Kentucky, they think of things likes horses, basketball and bourbon. What often doesn’t come to mind, however. are waterfalls. That’s a real shame, considering that there are many hundreds of waterfalls across the state! That’s right, there’s more than just Cumberland Falls here! Many of them are located in the Daniel Boone National Forest.
Lick Creek Falls & Princess Falls
One of the best on-trail hikes in the entire state! This moderate hike will take you to the impressive Lick Creek Falls and lovely Princess Falls.
Length: About 7 miles (round-trip)
Hazards: Steel stairs, creek crossings and slick rocks.
Big Dog Falls
A nice, easy waterfall hike with a bonus double arch on the way to the trail head.
Length: About 1 mile (round-trip)
Hazards: Creek crossing. Potentially slick rocks.
Dog Slaughter Falls
A moderate hike to one of the most impressive waterfalls in the entire state.
Length: About 3 miles (round-trip)
Hazards: Terrain and potential swift water.
Hikes with Overlooks
It’s hard to beat sitting and experiencing a sunrise or sunset from an epic overlook. Luckily, our national forest offers plenty of amazing overlooks for just this activity!
Chimney Rock Overlook
Check out one of the best, easiest to access overlooks in the Red River Gorge portion of Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest: Chimney Rock.
Length: About 0.5 miles
Hazards: Large cliffs.
A short, easy hike in McCreary County that ends in one of the best overlooks in the entire state.
Length: About 1 mile
Hazards: Large cliffs and potentially slick rocks (in wet/icy conditions). Unofficial trail.
An unofficial, and lesser-visited overlook in the Red River Gorge.
Length: About 3.4 miles (out-and-back)
Hazards: Steep terrain with sheer cliffs. Unofficial trail.
Hikes with Arches
Kentucky has the highest concentration of natural arches anywhere east of the Mississippi. In fact, we rank either second or third in the entire country for number of natural arches (there is some disagreement over rather or not Arizona has more than us. Utah is, without a doubt, the winner).
Big Dog Falls
While the waterfall is the main attraction on this hike, you will pass a nice set of roadside double arches on your way to the trail head.
NOTE: These arches are roadside as you drive to the start of the Big Dog Falls hike. Simply park your car, get out and enjoy!
Looking for a different sort of adventure? Well, the Daniel Boone National Forest still has you covered! Check out some of these other great adventures the forest has to offer.
Explore The Clear Creek Iron Furnace
This extremely easy day trip will take you to one of the best preserved iron furnaces in the entire state of Kentucky!
Take a step back in time by exploring the remains of the Clear Creek Iron Furnace. Located in the Clear Creek Picnic Area, this is an extremely easy day trip that anyone can do!