About the Area
The Close is located
in the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest atop a peninsula
overlooking the Rockcastle River Gorge, within 3 miles of Highway 192 and
Mount Victory, Kentucky. It is surrounded by cliffs and hardwood
forests. Trails lead into valleys abundant in ferns, hemlocks,
rhododendron, hardwoods, and a number of wildflowers. Trails also
traverse the ridges where one can view meadows, ponds, outlying hills
These trails can be linked with forest service trails along the river and into the Cane Creek watershed where connections can also be made to the Sheltowee Trace. Maps are available at the Gatehouse as you enter the property.
There are many sporting opportunities for rock climbers, kayakers, backpackers, and canoeists. The Rockcastle River, just below The Close hosts Class V white water. For those who choose a more relaxing paddling experience, Buck Creek offers beautiful views, caves, flora and fauna. And, of course, Laurel Lake is within a 15 minute drive.
There is also a variety of wildlife that make The Close and surrounding woodland their home. Deer, squirrel, turkey, hawks, geese, owls, and a number of other birds and mammals can be viewed. Retreatants are welcome to view all that The Close and Daniel Boone National Forest has to offer, however, there is no hunting within the property.
Towns and cities are located within 30 minutes of the Close. Somerset, London, and Corbin offer shopping and dining as well as access to major traffic corridors.