Knobs State Forest and WMA
Nearly 1,600 acres near
Louisville opens to hunters
The Knobs of Kentucky form a ring of
miniature mountains around the Outer Bluegrass. Oak-hickory forests
interspersed with pastures and croplands cover these conical hills - ideal
Biologists chose the Bernheim Forest area in the Knobs as one of the first
places to stock wild turkeys during the initial phases of restoration in the
early 1980s. The flock expanded so well that this population became the source
for turkey stockings throughout the state, according to Brian Clark, public
lands regional coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife
Now there is a place nearby for the public
to hunt. Knobs State Forest and Wildlife Management Area (WMA), which is
located next to Bernheim Forest south of Louisville,
recently opened to hunting. It provides people 1,550 acres to hunt turkey, deer
and small game.
“That area is full of turkeys,” Clark
noted. “The hunting should be good.”
Owned by the Kentucky Division of
Forestry and managed by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, the Bullitt County tract
also has good potential for deer hunting. “I would have to say there is
opportunity for larger, mature bucks because the areas around Knobs State
Forest have been protected so the deer could grow,” Clark said.
The number of oaks and hickories at
Knobs should also make it a good destination for squirrel hunters. “The
squirrel hunting should be outstanding,” Clark said. “The area has lots of
variety of ages of nut-bearing trees from pole trees to mature saw timber.”
The area also contains 35 acres of
fields and open areas planted in native grasses and wild flowers. That should
provide quail and rabbit hunting opportunities.
Visitors may not use all-terrain
vehicles or ride horses on the area, but hikers are welcome. Gated paths are
available for use by hunters or hikers. An information kiosk located near the
first of two parking areas along Crooked Creek Road provides additional
information on the trails.
Currently, parking on the area is
tight, but new parking areas will open in the future.
Knobs WMA is open under statewide
seasons for wild turkey, small game, furbearers and migratory birds. Deer hunting
is limited to archery and crossbow. Red blazes on trees and signs mark the
boundaries of the area.
How to get there
Louisville, take I-65 south to KY 245 west to KY 61 south, then left onto
Pioneer Drive. This runs into Crooked Creek (Scuffletown)
Road. The area lies on the right side of Crooked Creek Road.