3320 US 27 North
Whitley City, KY 42653
The Stearns Ranger District encompasses more than 171,000 acres of national forest land in four counties of southeastern Kentucky. Much of the district lies within the Big South Fork region of the Cumberland River, located in the remote foothills of the Jellico Mountains. Steeply sloped ridges and narrow ravines characterize the land.
The terrain is rugged but scenic. Visitors will enjoy camping, hiking, fishing and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Dense hardwood forest, cascading waterfalls and towering sandstone cliffs are some of the area’s best natural attractions.
Please call 606-488-2822 for any inquiries and assistance. To learn more about getting passes and maps click here.