More rec areas shut down in Daniel Boone National Forest

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WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) -  With new additions announced Wednesday, 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, and Zilpo Campground

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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.

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.”

While trails and roads and boat ramps may be open for use, rangers urge visitors to “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 the chance of injury or distress should be avoided, according to rangers.

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.