Adventure in the spirit of Daniel Boone

Reiter Pond
Reiter Pond with Wild Sky Wilderness in the background. Reiter Foothills Forest. Spring 2011. DNR

On this day in 1769, Daniel Boone set off into the wilderness. Commemorate his epic adventure by putting on your coonskin cap (or flannel, or gore-tex) and marching off into one of our great recreation sites to do some adventuring of your own.

Take a look at the DNR Recreation webpage to get some ideas of hikes in your area.

When Daniel Boone breached the hills of what we now know as Kentucky, he was taken aback by the magnitude of its wilderness.

Not a breeze shook the most tremulous leaf. I had gained the summit of a commanding ridge, and, looking round with astonishing delight, beheld the ample plains, the beauteous tracts below.” – Daniel Boone, “The Adventures of Col. Daniel Boone”

Recreation on DNR-managed lands includes hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, off-road vehicle (ORV) riding, mountain biking, and boating. We have 1,100 miles of trails and campgrounds in primitive, natural settings so you can get in touch with your explorer side.

The Washington Trails Association has some ideas to get you started.

Don’t forget your Discover Pass!

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