Camping and Hiking

By virtue of its natural location, Leslie County is an excellent place for campers and hikers alike. The Daniel Boone National Forest provides the backdrop for plenty of natural beauty and wonder. For more complete information on the Daniel Boone National Forest, including specifics about hiking and camping, visit the USDA Forest Service’s Daniel Boone National Forest page. The Daniel Boone National Forest in Leslie County is under the jurisdiction of the Red Bird Ranger District.

Redbird Crest Trail

One of the most beautiful trails in Leslie County is the Redbird Crest Trail.

Directions:Take exit 44 (Hyden Spur) off the Daniel Boone Parkway onto Hwy. 118; turn right at intersection of Hwy. 421/80. Drive West toward Manchester, for 6.1 miles, turn left onto Forestry Road. Camping, picnic, hiking trails, located along route. Follow signs to Redbird Crest Trail.

Trace Branch Boat Ramp and Picnicking Area

Picnicking, camping, fishing, boating, recreation area, managed by Army Corps of Engineers.

DirectionsTake exit 44 (Hyden Spur) off the Daniel Boone Parkway onto Hwy. 118; turn left at light, and drive through town, turn left at first red light onto Hwy. 257; Trace Branch Boat ramp is accessed by driving 6.563 miles, turning right onto bridge, turn left onto River Road, travel 2.093 miles to Mosley Bend road. Turn left, for boat ramp, shelter, etc.

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Confluence Boat Ramp and Picnicking Area

Picnicking, camping, fishing, boating, recreation area, managed by Army Corps of Engineers.

DirectionsTake exit 44 (Hyden Spur) off the Daniel Boone Parkway onto Hwy. 118; turn left at light, and drive through town, turn left at first red light onto Hwy. 257; To access Confluence Boat Ramp, continue straight on Hwy 257 for an additional 4.537 miles. Road will run into boat ramp.