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Zilpo Road National Forest Scenic Byway

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Zilpo Road National Forest Scenic Byway

Salt Lick, Kentucky


Clear Creek Lake (Stop 1) Picturesque Clear Creek Lake was developed to reduce flooding and provide a quiet place to fish and view wildlife. Ducks and geese are frequent visitors. If you take the short trail through the woods on the western edge of the lake, bring your binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Iron Furnace (Stop 2) In the 1800's, America was in need of iron for everything from household pots to wheels for trains. The remains of a blast furnace dominate the site at the picnic area. This furnace produced an average of three tons of iron a day, devouring half an acre of trees in the process. Hand-cut limestone, stacked 40 feet tall with an inside diameter of 10 1/2 feet, make up the chimney - the core of the iron making process. A small village complete with a store, school, laundry service and church once sat on this site. 

Nature's Storehouse (Stop 3) Beginning at least 12,000 years ago, humans populated this area. At this stop, a short dead end trail takes you past an outcropping of chert that was once used to mine flint for stone tools, making survival a little easier. Trees provided food and other resources. Wildlife was abundant, and rivers teeming with fish and mussels added to food supplies. The rock cliffs provided shelter.

Forest Renewal (Stop 4) On your left is an overlook of a forest regrown. The Cumberland National Forest, now Daniel Boone National Forest, was established in 1937 by President Roosevelt. Suppressing fires, planting trees and allowing natural regeneration of the forest began.

Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail (Stop 5) This trail commemorates the early explorers of Kentucky and is easily accessible at this point. Sheltowee, which means Big Turtle, was the name given to Daniel Boone by Shawnee Chief Black Fish who adopted Daniel as his son because he admired his strength and courage. The trail is nearly 300 miles long. It starts 38 miles north of here and ends in Tennessee.

Changing Times (Stop 6) In 1969, the Corps of Engineers finished the dam that created the 8,270 acre Cave Run Lake. Built for flood control, Cave Run offers exceptional recreation opportunities, such as campgrounds, boat ramps, picnic areas, marinas, and beaches. One mile down the hill you will enter Zilpo Recreation Area. At the small country store, sit a spell on the porch and enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

  • - Bus Parking
  • - Guided Tours
  • - Handicapped Access
From U.S. Highway 60 in Salt Lick, take KY 211 south approximately four miles to Forest Service Road 129 on the left.
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Daniel Boone National Forest
Salt Lick, KY 00000

Region: Kentucky's Appalachians
Phone: 606-784-6428
Alt Phone: 606-784-6428

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