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Old 07-25-2014, 08:38 AM   #1
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Daniel Boone National Forest

Looking for some trail heads at Daniel Boone. Do they allow off-road vehicles? Or is it just for ATVs and Dirtbikes? I'd prefer it to be within 2.5 hours away from Cincinnati. My buddies and I are planning a Fall trip.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:45 AM   #2
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subscribed. looking as well. live up in dayton and have not been off-road yet. My recent family trip to Colorado had me drooling! It was Jeep Meca out there. There was some FJ/Jeep jamboree in Ouray and I swear 80% of all vehicles there were 4x4s.

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Haha it's an addiction I swear. You will go once and then that's all you think about lol

I would love to go out west. I heard there jeep/off-road scene is incredible
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Old 07-25-2014, 09:29 AM   #4
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I can imagine! We 4wheeled a jeep trail in San Juan national forest last week: saw many JKs on the trail, even the stocks were performing well.
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Old 09-08-2014, 10:13 PM   #5
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Subscribed from Ashland Ky. I spent my college years in the Daniel Boone (Morehead State) but no clue about trails
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Old 09-09-2014, 03:56 PM   #6
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Might as well make the trip to Harlan; though I haven't been to DBNF in years, same with red river gorge- a lot of the trails were closed.
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Old 09-09-2014, 07:42 PM   #7
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Yes Harlan you can take vehicles and if anybody is having a ride sometime let me know it's only a hour and a half drive for me
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Fisty, Kentucky .. near Hazard. There are lots of old logging roads and trails. I have family there. We ride 4-wheelers up there often when I go to visit. Seen many trucks and Jeeps having a good time. Although some of the trails are way too narrow .. even for a Jeep.
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I used to go off road on exit 49 off of 75 in Livingston a few years ago, does anyone know if you can still wheel there with a Jeep, I know several years ago it was closed to ATV, and unlicensed rides.
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I used to go off road on exit 49 off of 75 in Livingston a few years ago, does anyone know if you can still wheel there with a Jeep, I know several years ago it was closed to ATV, and unlicensed rides.
From what I've heard it has been permanently closed to all vehicles. I'll do some more digging and see what I can come up with. I would love to go there with the JK. I only got to run out there with my TJ years ago
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I used to go off road on exit 49 off of 75 in Livingston a few years ago, does anyone know if you can still wheel there with a Jeep, I know several years ago it was closed to ATV, and unlicensed rides.
Livingston is still open to licensed and registered vehicles, but when I went there a few months ago it wasn't much more than a gravel road. The conservation guys really did a number on it.
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Man it was all kinds of fun before, this stinks to hear this. Thanks for the information JDT.
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Old 02-08-2016, 12:24 PM   #13
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Yea, I went there a bunch growing up and it's pretty sad to see it gone.
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Anyone that use to go there remember the school bus trail? Really neat to see that thing so deep into the trails
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For anyone interested there is a page on facebook called Friends of Boone, the admins have been working with local government in the gorge area and SWFDA to get the trails re-opened and much maintenance has been done, great place to ride. Sometime next month cartotracks is supposed to relase a map/smartphone app of the area so that you can follow along the trails on your own.
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Following along on this. Man to make a trip this summer there!

Can anybody name off some roads that are "trail like" and worth checking out? So far I have the Zachariah 4 wheel drive trail on my list and spaas creek road. Carburetor hill is on the Zachariah right? Is there a bypass for it?
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Following along on this. Man to make a trip this summer there!

Can anybody name off some roads that are "trail like" and worth checking out? So far I have the Zachariah 4 wheel drive trail on my list and spaas creek road. Carburetor hill is on the Zachariah right? Is there a bypass for it?
Try sand lick rd, pumpkin hollow rd, fixer leeco rd, old fincastle rd, big andy ridge rd, and chop chestnut rd.
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Try sand lick rd, pumpkin hollow rd, fixer leeco rd, old fincastle rd, big andy ridge rd, and chop chestnut rd.
What are they like? Can a kinda stock jeep do them?
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What are they like? Can a kinda stock jeep do them?
Fixer leeco and larison are good easy ones for a stocker and they go past a lake
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Fixer leeco and larison are good easy ones for a stocker and they go past a lake
Would the other ones be manageable that you listed? I may have a slight lift by the time go, just depends if I can round up all my parts for it..
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I am in Lexington and go to the area for trail rides. The trails are more in the Slade area and are really good with a variety of difficulty. The trails are not well marked and are accessed off of back roads, you really need to know where they. If you are interested in a fall ride check out The Kentucky Krawlers as they host a variety of rides one is in the fall and a Toys for Tots ride, it is a great day. Last year there were probably 40 rigs. I am a new member and went this last Saturday with the group and had a great time! Cant ask for a better group of people to ride with.. My Tj is second in line
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Would the other ones be manageable that you listed? I may have a slight lift by the time go, just depends if I can round up all my parts for it..
I did them in a mostly stock jk but i bounced my rock sliders off of a couple boulders, luckily i made it through unscathed with the help of some good spotters. I definitely wouldnt do them alone but the trails the branch off of fixer leeco and maybe even pumpkin hollow would be fine for a stocker
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What about the Zachariah? Ever run that one?
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I can't believe that nobody mentions looking at the MVUMs! The Motor Vehicle Use Map for the DBNF is the ONLY official open route map available! These maps are updated every year and free of charge. You can pick up a copy from the appropriate ranger district, or print a small copy online...

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I can't believe that nobody mentions looking at the MVUMs! The Motor Vehicle Use Map for the DBNF is the ONLY official open route map available! These maps are updated every year and free of charge. You can pick up a copy from the appropriate ranger district, or print a small copy online...

Daniel Boone National Forest MVUM Information Page
Ive browsed over them but i havent looked at them seriously, do you find many trails on them?
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Ive browsed over them but i havent looked at them seriously, do you find many trails on them?
The MVUMs show EVERY open route in the forest.
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The MVUMs show EVERY open route in the forest.
Cool, ill have to stop by the ranger station next time and grab one
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Cool, ill have to stop by the ranger station next time and grab one
The MVUMs work well with the standard DBNF recreation maps. The MVUMs show only roads and their numbers with no topo or other location information so they are very difficult to use for navigation. The forest recreation maps have a lot of navigation detail, but often don't show loops and spurs off main routes, and at least out here in Nevada many of the best 4x4 routes don't appear on the forest recreation maps but are on the MVUM. The MVUMs also have detail about where you can "road camp" and what routes may be restricted to ATVs and motorcycles.

Now if you really want to plan a trip, pull up Google Earth, find a good USGS topo map online, look at the MVUM and rec map, and in my experience you can figure out some great trips.
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This! Great ride, i ran it with jeffrey dozier last year, if you ever meet him be sure to thank him for all the hard work hes put into organizing this.

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