Robinson Forest
Robinson Forest

Public Access Areas

Public Access Areas

Boardinghouse Trail

Boarding house trail

The Boardinghouse Trail provides hikers with a glimpse into the life of the forests of eastern Kentucky. The 0.9 mile trail gains 660 feet in elevation as it meanders its way from the mouth of Boardinghouse Branch hollow to the fire tower at the top of the hill. As you hike up the main trail you will notice a change in the temperature of the air and the amount of sunlight. With careful observation you will notice gradual changes in the plant and animal life and even the soil as you make your way to the fire tower. 

There are 14 numbered stops as well as approximately 3 5 individual trees and plants labeled 
along the trail. In addition to the stops and trees keep your eyes and ears open for the many wildflowers, fems or hundreds of wildlife and insects species that are common to the richly diverse forests of eastern Kentucky. 

Paul Van Booven WMA

Paul Van Booven map


Paul Van Booven Wildlife Management Area, located in southeast Breathitt County, is over 2,000 acres of reclaimed surface mines and forests. The University of Kentucky owns the property. This area is the site of many ongoing research projects related to forest management and mine reclamation and is home to elk, quail, rabbits, deer, turkey and songbirds. The area has an Elk Viewing Area and is closed to elk hunting.

Contact Information

617 Clemons Fork Road Clayhole, KY 41317

+1 (606) 666-9995