TYGARTS STATE FOREST
Tygarts State Forest will be closed to public access from November 15, 2003 to March 31, 2004 while a salvage timber harvest is conducted. The forest sustained heavy damage from last year's ice storm. This harvest is necessary to improve the overall health of the forest.
The state bought Tygarts State Forest in Carter County in 1957. It is 800 acres in size and adjoins Carter Cave State Resort Park.
Tygarts State Forest is located in northeastern Kentucky and covers an area of about 1,073 acres. It was established in 1953 and is named after Tygarts Creek, which runs through the forest.
The history of Tygarts State Forest can be traced back to the early 20th century when the land was heavily logged for timber. This deforestation led to soil erosion and degradation of the landscape. In response to these environmental issues, the state of Kentucky began acquiring land in the area to establish a state forest.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a New Deal program established during the Great Depression, played a crucial role in the development of Tygarts State Forest. The CCC workers were responsible for reforesting the land and building recreational facilities.
During their time at Tygarts State Forest, the CCC workers planted thousands of trees, developed hiking trails, constructed picnic areas, and built various infrastructure such as roads, fish ponds, and fire towers. These efforts not only restored the land but also provided recreational opportunities for the public.
After the establishment and initial development of Tygarts State Forest, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources took over its management. The forest continues to offer recreational activities such as hiking, picnicking, fishing, and wildlife viewing.
Various improvements have been made to the forest, including the construction of additional trails, the restoration of stream banks, and the enhancement of wildlife habitat. The state of Kentucky continues to manage Tygarts State Forest to promote conservation, outdoor recreation, and environmental education.