Daniel Boone National Forest Makes Changes

Daniel Boone National Forest Makes Changes

News Release: Daniel Boone expands list of recreation sites temporarily shut down

WINCHESTER, Ky., April 1, 2020 – In compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for social distancing, along with current Kentucky state-governed policies, most developed recreation areas in the Daniel Boone National Forest are temporarily shut down to help protect the health and safety of visitors and staff.

The latest temporary shutdowns include several campgrounds on the Cumberland Ranger District operated by Thousand Trails under a concessionaire permit and include the following sites:
Claylick Campground
Clear Creek Campground
Koomer Ridge Campground
Twin Knobs Campground & Recreation Area
White Sulphur Horse Camp
Zilpo Campground

These shutdowns are in addition to previous announcements about other developed campgrounds, picnic areas, shooting ranges, and the Red River Gorge, which remain temporarily shut down. These measures are temporary but effective immediately. A date for reopening recreation areas is currently undetermined.

Some areas remain open for public use, including the general forest area and trails outside of the Red River Gorge and boat ramps at Cave Run Lake and Laurel River Lake.
“As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, the health and safety of our forest visitors and employees are our number one priority,” said Forest Supervisor Dan Olsen. “We are committed to serving in the best interest of our local communities, and we will continue to work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.”

Keep in mind, trails and roads and boat ramps may be open for use, but please recreate responsibly and follow public health guidelines regarding social distancing while you recreate in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 issues. High risk activities that increase your chance of injury or distress should be avoided. For the most current and accurate information about COVID-19, contact your local health officials or visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov.

The Daniel Boone National Forest manages nearly 709,000 acres across 21 counties in eastern Kentucky. The forest has four ranger districts that provide multiple outdoor recreation opportunities. Visitors can learn more about the forest at www.fs.usda.gov/dbnf/ or on the forest Facebook page at www.facebook.com/danielboonenf/ or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DanielBooneNF

See attached photo for a 4/1/20 list of “temporarily shut down” recreation areas in the Daniel Boone National Forest.

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