Tygarts State Forest

WMA Overview

Size: 939 acres
Location: Carter
Contact: (800) 866-0052
Elevation: minimum feet, maximum feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 38.3861, Longitude W -83.1565
Area Habitat: open land 10.12%, forest 89.67%, wetland 0.00%, open water 0.00%.


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.

Bear: Zone 3. See the Black Bear Hunting page on this website for more details.

Directions & Description

Tygarts State Forest is west of and adjacent to Carter Caves State Resort Park off KY 182. From the south take I-64, then KY 182 (Carter Caves RD) north through Carter Caves State Resort Park. From Wesleyville, take KY 02 to KY 182, to Oakland Ridge RD. Also accessible by a short hike from Carter Caves State Resort Park, access from Maintenance Drive or Cave Branch RD.

Hilly with some gently sloping ridge tops, forested in hardwoods. No developed/marked roads/trails. Lodging and recreational facilities are located at Carter Caves State Resort Park.

Tygarts State Forest is owned by Kentucky Division of Forestry.