My name is Josh Williams and I love the outdoors. So much so, that I decided to turn my obsession into a profession. It's a pretty sweet deal -my job is to enjoy nature's wonders. Of course, I have to find them first and that's not always a picnic. I've had a few sunburns and fumbled my way through great directions like "turn right at the tree." Luckily, it was all worth it to discover the amazing sites available in our own backyard. So, now that I have several finds under my belt, I'd love to take you and your family of like-minded adventurers for a trek along these beautiful hiking trails and share the natural treasures hidden in our local sections of the Daniel Boone National Forest.


Our Local Forest

Did you know our forest was once called Cumberland National Forest? The Forest Service had the good sense to rename it to Daniel Boone National Forest in the 60s. Daniel Boone was given the name Sheltowee, meaning Big Turtle, by the Shawnee tribe. The Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail runs along the length of the forest for 269 miles and even some into TN. The forest is around 2,100,000 acres and covers parts of 21 counties in Eastern Kentucky. That's huge! With five wildlife management areas and over 600 miles of trails, there's an endless bounty of beautiful sites to see. Of course my opinion is biased, but I think we have the best parts right here in our little community. 



Do you enjoy the serenity of a beautiful waterfall?  Are you obsessed with natural arches and bridges? Maybe you just need a breath of fresh air or your dog is as overfed as mine...pick your favorite and let's plan it. There's something for everyone. Want to see more than one site for your day of fun? Let's make it happen! Each trail option includes a brief description and has been rated by me (accounting for some very vocal 2nd opinions from the ladies in my family) for difficulty. All trails are located in the Whitley and Laurel areas. I'm happy to answer any additional questions you have...feel free to email, call, or text!