Wandering Around Cave Run Lake, Kentucky

The next day I had planned on doing some hikes in the Cave Run Lake area of the Daniel Boone National Forest but, as frequently happens when I attempt to plan activities, I ended up doing none of them. I instead took a lazy day exploring the shore and some short trails around the lake as well as taking a few extended reading breaks. It worked out.

The lake and shoreline are absolutely gorgeous. The water is pale blue and clear and the surrounding hills are thickly forested – a stunning combination. I particularly enjoyed spending time on a rocky, forested section of shoreline near (I think) Shallow Flats. So many blues and greens, and perfect clouds to boot. Had I stayed in the area and done the planned hikes I would have loved to camp on the shore or on the mountains overlooking the lake. Even driving Route 801, which runs along the northeast side, was incredibly pretty and well-worth a detour off I-64 if you happen to be in the area. I think I inadvertently irritated more than one driver since unlike me they seemed to have destinations while I was meandering at about ten miles below the speed limit.

Cave Run Lake, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Cave Run Lake, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Scott Creek Marina, Cave Run Lake, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Scott Creek Marina, Cave Run Lake, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Variations of blue, Lakeview Vista, Cave Run Lake, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Variations of blue, Lakeview Vista, Cave Run Lake, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Near Shallow Flats, Cave Run Lake, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Near Shallow Flats, Cave Run Lake, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

The clear waters of Cave Run Lake near Shallow Flats, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

The clear waters of Cave Run Lake near Shallow Flats, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Rocky shore near Shallow Flats, Cave Run Lake, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Rocky shore near Shallow Flats, Cave Run Lake, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Rocky shore and forest near Shallow Flats, Cave Run Lake, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Rocky shore and forest near Shallow Flats, Cave Run Lake, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Partially underwater near Shallow Flats, Cave Run Lake, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Partially underwater near Shallow Flats, Cave Run Lake, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Overlook of Cave Run Lake near Zilpo Recreation Area, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Overlook of Cave Run Lake near Zilpo Recreation Area, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Finally, my day ended just as beautifully as it started:

Sunset, somewhere in Kentucky

Sunset, somewhere in Kentucky