Martins Fork WMA and State Natural Area

WMA Overview

Size: 1599 acres
Location: Harlan
Contact: (606) 654-2533
Elevation: minimum 1575 feet, maximum 3074 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 36.7004, Longitude W -83.4013
Area Habitat: open land 4.69%, forest 95.18%, wetland 0.00%, open water 0.00%.


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Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.

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

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

Directions & Description

The property borders the eastern boundaries of Shillalah Creek WMA and Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. From Harlan, take US-421S to KY-987, watch for signs to Martin’s Fork Lake. Gated access located on KY-987, approximately 5 miles east of the Bell County line.

Access is by foot traffic only. Hunting is open under statewide seasons. Management of this site is shared between the Kentucky Division of Water Wild Rivers Program, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission.