WMA Overview

Size: 16802 acres
Location: Clay, Bell, Knox, & Leslie
Contact: (606) 269-8164
Elevation: minimum 1040 feet, maximum 2440 feet.
Entrance GPS coordinates: Latitude N 36.9820, Longitude W -83.5324
Area Habitat: open land 20.59%, forest 75.84%, wetland 0.00%, open water 0.01%.


Open under statewide regulations for all hunting and trapping seasons.

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

Directions & Description

The area lies between KY 66 and US 421 south of Hal Rogers PKWY in the area where Clay, Bell and Leslie counties meet. The area is a mixture of mature hardwoods and reclaimed coal mining land. The strip benches and other remains of mining Elk Forest WMA provide access to interior.

The area is open to statewide regulations for deer, turkey, small game hunting. There are few viable fishing opportunities on the area. Be sure to follow all signage as some areas are off-limits to the public. This area is within a Limited Entry Area for elk hunting, please refer to the elk portion of our website.

Elk Forest WMA is privately owned.