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Division of Forestry
Kentenia State Forest

Kentenia State Forest aerial viewKentenia is the oldest state-owned forest, acquired in 1919 as a gift from the Kentenia-Cantron Corp. It is located in Harlan County along the south side of Pine Mountain in seven scattered tracts totaling 4,364 acres. The largest of these tracts is accessible by Little Shepherd Trail on the crest of Pine Mountain.

The forest is open to the public for hunting and fishing and subject to state fish and game regulations. Primitive camping, hiking, picnicking and horseback riding are also permitted. All off-road vehicles, including ATVs, are prohibited.

Map of Kentenia State Forest

Directions: From Interstate 75, take Exit 29 (Corbin - Barbourville); travel south on U.S. 25 E to Pineville. Take Highway 119 E toward Harlan. If coming from the west, take Highway 421 N, turn right on Little Shepherd Trail/1679.


 Kentenia Cupp Lake  Kentenia State Forest

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