Spring turkey and spring squirrel hunting seasons are open under statewide regulations on most wildlife management areas (WMAs) owned, leased or managed by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. However, special regulations are in effect on Barren River Lake WMA, Higginson-Henry WMA, Livingston County WMA, Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area, Peabody WMA, Pioneer Weapons WMA, Robinson Forest WMA and West Kentucky WMA. Please consult the Kentucky Spring Hunting Guide for more details about these WMAs and federal lands.

WMA Overview

Size: 2535 acres
Location: Bell & Harlan
Contact: (606) 269-8164
Elevation: minimum 1313 feet, maximum 3332 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 36.6981, Longitude W -83.4470
Area Habitat: open land 2.13%, forest 98.03%, wetland 0.00%, open water 0.00%.


Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.

Bear: Due to a proposed regulation change, please check back later for possible new information about bear hunting on this area, or call Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at 1-800-858-1549.

Elk: Portions open during quota elk hunts to persons who possess the appropriate elk hunting permit.

Directions & Description

Along Brush Mountain north of Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. From Pineville, take US 119 north approximately 10 miles to HWY 987, then south to Cubage to Mill Branch-Hensley Flats RD (undeveloped road requires 4WD); from HWY 119, take HWY 1344 to end, turn left onto HWY 217, travel ¼ mile to Park Service road. Mature forest, extremely rugged, steep terrain, many high cliffs. Fishing opportunities for brook trout.

Owned by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.