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  • 1. Welcome - Stearns Ranger District

    The Stearns Ranger District is the southernmost district of the Daniel Boone National Forest. On this district nearly 171,000 acres of national forest lands are managed across Wayne, Whitley, McCreary and Laurel counties. Stearns Ranger District surrounds the northern portion of the Big South fork National River and Recreation Area.


    Area attractions include campgrounds, trails, shooting ranges, picnic area, boat ramps and scenic areas. The district features two state Wild Rivers, Cumberland River and Rock Creek. The region also includes two federal candidates for National Wild and Scenic River designation - Marsh Creek and Rock Creek.


    Recreation opportunities include: 

    • Alpine Picnic Area
    • Appletree Shooting Range
    • Barren Fork Horse Camp
    • Beaver Creek Wilderness
    • Bell Farm Horse Camp
    • Hemlock Grove Picnic Area
    • Keno Shooting Range
    • Natural Arch Scenic Area
    • Great Meadow Campground
    • Rock Ridge OHV Trail
    • Yellow Cliff OHV Trail

    For information, maps and permits contact:

    Stearns Ranger District

    3320 US 27 North

    Whitley City, KY 42653

    606-376-5323