Kentenia State Forest

WMA Overview

Size: 4081 acres
Location: Harlan
Contact: (502) 564-4496
Elevation: minimum 1320 feet, maximum 2920 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 36.9244, Longitude W -83.2269
Area Habitat: open land 5.93%, forest 93.92%, wetland 0.00%, open water 0.05%.


Open for public hunting under statewide regulations. Season dates, bag limits and zone restrictions apply based on the county zone where the area is located.

BearHarlan Zone. See the Black Bear Hunting page on this website for more details. 

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

Directions & Description

Harlan County, take US 421, 3.5 miles north from intersection with US 119 to Trail 1679 (Little Shepherd Trail; only road through area).

Mountainous, steep terrain, with narrow ridge tops and numerous rock outcroppings; completely forested, primarily in hardwoods. Also sightseeing and hiking on Little Shepherd Trail.

Owned by Kentucky Division of Forestry.