Monkey Hollow Vacation Cabin rentals are situated on 28 acres in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky's Daniel Boone National Forest. The wildlife sanctuary provides habitat for wildlife: large, small, endangered and common. It is also home to the World Animal Foundation Animal Retirement Center housing special needs dogs and cats.
During your lodging at Monkey Hollow's Cabins in Daniel Boone National Forest, experience untamed Appalachia, mountain trails, beautiful gardens and abundant wildlife. Bring your camera: the sanctuary is a safe haven to many species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and other wildlife. Guests may choose from several volunteer opportunities (optional), while also enjoying the many tourist activities offered in Daniel Boone National Forest.
The Daniel Boone National Forest is located along the Cumberland Plateau in the Appalachian foothills of eastern Kentucky. Daniel Boone National Forest encompasses over 707,000 acres of mostly rugged terrain. The land is characterized by steep forested ridges dissected by narrow ravines and over 3,400 miles of sandstone cliffs. Daniel Boone National Forest is comprised of four ranger districts: Cumberland, London, Stearns and Redbird. Oneida, Kentucky rests within the Redbird district of Daniel Boone National Fores featuring: Redbird Crest Trail of nearly 100 miles of recreation for off-highway vehicle use, hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking; Big Double Creek Picnic Area and Cawood Recreation Area to picnic in the cool shade of creekside woodlands; and Redbird Wildlife Management Area.
Millions of visitors come to enjoy the scenic beauty and abundant wildlife that Daniel Boone National Forest has to offer. Cave Run Lake and Laurel River Lake are popular attractions of Daniel Boone National Forest. Other special areas include the Red River Gorge Geological Area, Natural Arch Scenic Area, Clifty Wilderness, Beaver Creek Wilderness, and five wildlife management areas in Daniel Boone National Forest.
Over 600 miles of trails in Daniel Boone National Forest provide a quiet escape to more remote places within the forest. Hikers, horseback riders and other trail users get back to nature along the 269-mile Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail that extends the entire length of Daniel Boone National Forest. Hundreds of miles of winding rivers and streams provide the finishing touch in outdoor beauty in Daniel Boone National Forest. Come and discover what you've been missing. Daniel Boone National Forest is nature's best in southern and eastern Kentucky.
World Animal Foundation's Monkey Hollow Wildlife Sanctuary in Daniel Boone National Forest offers a unique vacation lodging rental opportunity for nature, wildlife and animal lovers. Experience Appalachia lodging in Wonderfully Wild, Breathtakingly Beautiful Oneida, Kentucky in Daniel Boone National Forest.
Charming, Restful Accommodations
Monkey Hollow Vacation Cabin rentals in Daniel Boone National Forest offer cozy, comfortable, pet friendly lodging accommodations. Each camping-cabin rental sleeps up to 4 people and features one queen bed and one full size futon or 2 twin beds and full futon. Cabins are equipped with air, heat, electricity and ceiling fans. Shared modern, clean restrooms offer showers. A shared community room offers a kitchenette, gourmet coffee, games, television and sitting areas. Guests may choose from creek-side cabins surrounded by forest and gardens, or our hilltop cabin overlooking the hollow (based on availability.) The sanctuary offers several hiking trails, picnic areas, barbeque pits, pergolas, gardens, a pond, streams and mountains. Sanctuary cabin guests are asked to bring their own food, beverages, bed linens, pillows, towels and toiletries.
Reservations for Monkey Hollow Cabins in Daniel Boone National Forest are required and may be made online. A donation of $95 per night is required per cabin (up to 4 people.) Sanctuary guests who plan to stay off-site are not required to donate.
Companion Animal (Pet) Friendly
Friendly dogs and cats are welcome at Monkey Hollow Cabins in Daniel Boone National Forest. All animals must be kept on a leash when outside. A dog park is available for friendly dogs. Companion animals are welcome in all areas of the sanctuary except the Animal Retirement Center. Animal guardians are asked to clean up after their dogs.
Children are welcome at the Monkey Hollow Cabins in Daniel Boone National Forest. All guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
What to Bring to the Cabins
- Bed Sheets - Queen Bed & Full Size Futon or 2 Twin Beds & Full Size Futon
- Cell Phone (Coverage in Mountains is Limited)
- Television Provided in Community Room
Please view our online Availability Calendar to determine if your desired vacation date is available at Monkey Hollow Cabins in Daniel Boone National Forest.
Check In / Check Out / Deposit
- Pre-payment, a $95.00 donation per cabin per night, is required to reserve a cabin.
- Payment is refundable up to 4 weeks before reservation date.
Monkey Hollow Cabin Policies
- Smoking Permitted Outside & On Cabin Porches
- Friendly Dogs & Cats Welcome at Monkey Hollow Cabins in Daniel Boone Forest
- Visitors Must Stay on Paths & Adhere to all Sanctuary Rules & Safety Guidelines
- Children Must Be Supervised at All Times
- No Hunting, Fishing or ATVs
Optional Volunteer Opportunities
Monkey Hollow Wildlife Sanctuary Vacation Cabin guests have the option of volunteering during their stay in Dainel Boone National Forest. Volunteers enjoy beautiful camping-cabin accommodations within the Monkey Hollow Sanctuary while assisting in your choice of a variety of volunteer activities:
- Gardening & Grounds Maintenance
- Nature & Animal Photography
- Animal Outings with Dogs to Nearby Towns & Attractions
Volunteer As Much Or As Little As You Like
Your level of volunteer experience is determined by you. Some volunteer vacationers devote an hour per day assisting with animal care, animal socialization or sanctuary maintenance. The remainder of their day is then dedicated to traditional tourism activities in the beautiful backcountry of Appalachia and Daniel Boone National Forest.
Other volunteers spend the majority of their stay involved in volunteer activities. Many volunteers enjoy simply taking some of our animals on outings to nearby locations to assist with their social skills.
Volunteering is not required. Guests are welcome to reserve our Appalachian mountain cabins to experience the quiet, restful, untamed beauty of the Daniel Boone National Forest.
A limited number of primitive tent camping locations are available on the property in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Guests are asked to bring their own tents and other camping gear.
Volunteer orientations are offered to guests who volunteer at the sanctuary. Your orientation will take place upon arrival with a World Animal Foundation officer. All volunteers must sign a Volunteer Agreement and follow WAF Safety Guidelines.
Daniel Boone National Forest Attractions
Daniel Boone National Forest surrounds or contains a variety of popular and notable features, including:
- One of the world's largest concentrations of caves
- Daniel Boone National Forest Cave Run Lake
- Daniel Boone National Forest Laurel River Lake
- Daniel Boone National Forest Buckhorn Lake
- Red River Gorge Geologic Area - popular with hikers, campers, and rock climbers in Daniel Boone National Forest
- Daniel Boone National Forest Sheltowee Trace Trail
- Daniel Boone National Forest Natural Bridge State Park
- Daniel Boone National Forest Yahoo Arch
- Daniel Boone National Forest Yahoo Falls
- Daniel Boone National Forest Cumberland Falls
There are two areas designated as Wilderness:
- Daniel Boone National Forest Clifty Wilderness
- Daniel Boone National Forest Beaver Creek Wilderness
Oneida, Kentucky and the Daniel Boone National Forest are a haven to many species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and other wildlife including: black bears, deer, bobcats, chipmunks, squirrels, elk, fox, shrews, voles, opossums, skunks, raccoons, rabbits, wild turkeys, woodchucks, songbirds, hawks, owls, eagles, bats, vultures, hummingbirds, turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, toads, salamanders and treefrogs.
Daniel Boone National Forest consists of sloping hills, ridge top flats, narrow valleys, hardwood forests, bottom wildlands and miles of rivers and streams.
Recreation Activities in Daniel Boone National Forest
The Daniel Boone National Forest is one of the most heavily used forests in the South, with over 5 million visitors annually. People come to Daniel Boone National Forest to backpack, camp, picnic, rockclimb, boat, ride and relax. Daniel Boone National Forest contains three large lakes (Cave Run Lake, Laurel River Lake and Lake Cumberland), many rivers and streams, two wilderness areas, and the 269-mile Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail that extends across the length of Daniel Boone National Forest.
Abundant wildlife, lush vegetation, magnificent scenery, and numerous recreation opportunities offer visitors much to enjoy in Daniel Boone National Forest. Please practice Trail Safety and Leave No Trace to make your visit safe and enjoyable while protecting resources we all enjoy in Daniel Boone National Forest. Most national forest system lands are open, free of charge for your use and enjoyment. Entrance and user fees may be charged at some areas.
- Daniel Boone National Forest Auto Touring
- Biking Through Daniel Boone National Forest
- Daniel Boone National Forest Camping
- Hiking In Daniel Boone National Forest
- Daniel Boone National Forest Historic & Cultural Sites
- Horseback Riding In Daniel Boone National Forest
- Daniel Boone National Forest Interpretive Programs
- Picnicking In Daniel Boone National Forest
- Daniel Boone National Forest Visitor Centers
- Daniel Boone National Forest Wildlife Viewing
- Daniel Boone National Forest Winter Sports
- Daniel Boone National Forest Photography
- Small Towns In Daniel Boone National Forest
Redbird Crest Trail
The Daniel Boone National Forest Redbird Crest Trail System is a 100 mile trail system which is located in Clay and Leslie counties in Daniel Boone National Forest. The trail generally follows the ridgetops. Some parts may be steep and rough. Some areas are so narrow that only single track vehicles can drive on them. It is a multiple-use trail, which means that hikers, horses, mountain bikes, motorcycles and ATV's under 50 inches wide are welcome. One portion of the route on Sand Hill Road is open to licensed vehicles only. This Daniel Boone National Forest trail is marked with orange-painted, diamond-shaped blazes spaced no further than 1/10th of a mile. Trail symbols are used at road intersections and as a reminder. Intersecting trails are identified with signs.
Redbird Wildlife Management Area
The Daniel Boone National Forest Redbird Wildlife Management Area is hilly to steep with gentle slopes in bottomlands and on ridge tops; mostly forested with approximately 100 acres of openings and 25 miles of improved hiking trails. No developed facilities. Mobility impaired access to permit holders on designated area, which is currently the Daniel Boone National Forest Redbird Crest Trail.
Big Double Creek
A picnic area is located near the Daniel Boone National Forest Big Double Creek. The picnic area contains two large fields suitable for baseball, volleyball, football, and kickball. There are also in-ground grills, picnic tables and toilet facilities. It is suitable for community picnics, family outings, reunions, weddings, birthdays, and school events. There are no developed trails in the area, but lots of room to explore Daniel Boone National Forest.
Cawood Recreation Area
A picnic area is by a hemlock shaded creek at an old Civilian Conservation Corps Camp in Daniel Boone National Forest. Cawood Picnic area is also used for weddings, birthdays, church socials, reunions and Boy Scout outings. In-ground and pedestal grills, picnic tables, horse shoe pits and toilet facilities are available. There are no developed trails in the area, but lots of room to explore Daniel Boone National Forest.
Daniel Boone National Forest Wildlife Sanctuary Vacation Cabins lodging in the Appalachian Mountains of Oneida, Kentucky - Pet Friendly
Kentucky’s Elk Country...
In addition to being nestled within the Daniel Boone National Forest, Oneida Kentucky
is doubly blessed by being within the beautiful backcountry of Kentucky's Elk Country
Corridor. The Elk Country Corridor, located in southeastern Kentucky’s Cumberland
Plateau, consists of the counties of Clay, Breathitt, Knott, Leslie, Letcher and Perry.
A portion of the corridor borders on Virginia. Major routes through the region include
US Highways 119 and 421 and KY Highways 15 and 80 (Hal Rogers/Daniel Boone
Parkway). The landscape, featuring some of Kentucky’s most remote and unspoiled
areas, includes rounded mountains, rolling hills, valleys and hollows. Elevations vary
from 3,273 feet in the mountains to 675 feet in the valleys.
The six counties in Elk Country Corridor have a combined population of 129,100. Major
towns include the county seats of Manchester, Hazard, Hindman, Hyden, Jackson and Whitesburg. Small towns, including Oneida, dot the landscape. Red Fox, Buckhorn, Bearville and Wildcat attest to the importance of the region’s abundant game to the early settlers. Goose Rock, Shoulderblade, Sizerock, Topmost, Fall Rock and Grays Knob bring forth images of the rugged terrain that challenged the pioneers. Once the mountains were conquered, waterways became the main source of transportation within the region. The settler’s attitude toward the unpredictable waters is evidenced in names including Troublesome Creek, Quicksand, Cut-Shin Creek and Hell-Fer-Sartin Creek.
The region, known for its fantastic array of natural environments, is home to two national forests, two state parks, four wildlife management areas and nature preserves. The small towns, scenic parks, rugged terrain and plentiful wildlife play an important role in the character of Elk Country Corridor, but the largest factor remains the people. They are dedicated to
their mountain heritage and are willing to share it with visitors. Throughout the corridor, there are opportunities to hear their music, view their architecture, study their history and experience their craft-making traditions.
In the mid 1700s, in the Elk Country Corridor region, Shawnee, Cherokee and Iroquois tribes claimed ownership of the land and hunted in the dense forests. During that period, colonists in Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina heard rumors about the sparkling streams and plentiful wildlife on the other side of the mountains, but the forbidding terrain kept them from entering the region. Dr. Thomas Walker, who followed an Indian War Trail to the area in 1748, is believed to be the first person to provide a written account of the region. Outbreak of the French and Indian War in 1754 delayed further exploration for over a decade. After Daniel Boone marked the Wilderness Road in 1775, settlers soon began crossing through Cumberland Gap. Kentucky became the 17th state to join the Union in 1792, but the population in the southeastern portion remained small until after the Civil War when northern companies initiated their grand plan for the area. They bought lumber and mineral rights to much of the land. After harvesting the salt and lumber, they began building railroad and small towns to support their coal mining ventures. By the early 1900s, coal had taken over the local economy. Today, tourism is one of the major industries in the area. The scenic beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities along with the system of state parks and new highways beckons visitors to the Elk Country Corridor.
Lexington Blue Grass Airport (859-425-3114) is served by ATA Connection, Continental Express, Delta, Northwest Airlink, United Express, and US Airways Express. The airport is located approximately 70 miles from Manchester, 100 miles from Hyden, 110 miles from Hazard, 125 miles from Hindman and 140 miles from Whitesburg. From Lexington, the Elk Country Corridor is accessible by driving Interstate 75 South to Kentucky Highway 80 (Hal Rogers/Daniel Boone Parkway) East.
Major car rental companies are located at Lexington Blue Grass Airport. Wendell H. Ford Airport (606-439-5140), located on KY Highway 15, ten miles northwest of Hazard, is open to general aviation on 3,200 foot and 5,000 foot runways.
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Historical Sites & Museums
Elk Country Corridor’s history is preserved at its
historical sites including:
- Oneida Institute & Museum
- John Gilbert First Settler Site
- Colonel Garrard fights the Rebels Site
- The "Magnificent Retreat"
- Bert T. Combs Birth and Burial Place
- Garrard and White Cemeteries
- Masterful Retreat and Salt Works
- Chief Redbird and John Gilbert Markers
- John and Mollie Gilbert Site
- Bobby Davis Museum and Park
- Knott County Historical and Genealogical Society
- C.B. Caudill Store & History Center
- David A. Zegeer Coal Railroad Museum
- Hindman Settlement School
The region offers many opportunities to experience its rich cultural heritage including:
- Kentucky Appalachian Artisan Center
- Seco Company Store & Highlands Winery/Bed & Breakfast
- Pine Mountain/Letcher County Craft Co-op
Recreational Activities and Areas
Elk Country Corridor offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including boating, golfing, hiking, mountain biking and wildlife viewing including:
- Daniel Boone National Forest
- Monkey Hollow Wildlife Sanctuary
- Jefferson National Forest
- Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park
- Starfire Wildlife Management
- Beech Creek Wildlife Management Area
- Redbird Crest Wildlife Management Area
- Pine Mountain Wildlife Management Area
- Bad Branch State Nature Preserve
- Rawlings and Stinson Park
- Governor's Campground RV Park
Ancient Rock Writings (606-598-1754), believed by some to be the oldest known Christian inscriptions on the North American Continent, made by an Irish Monk. Others believe the markings on the stones reflect on the Indian bone tool-making industry. The writings were discovered in 1994 when a huge piece of rock fell from a sandstone cliff onto State Road 66 near Manchester. The huge stones can be viewed daily at Rawlings & Stinson Park in Manchester.
Monkey Hollow Wildlife Sanctuary offers a unique vacation opportunity for nature, wildlife and companion animal lovers. Experience Wonderfully Wild, Breathtakingly Beautiful Oneida, Kentucky while helping animals and the environment. Situated on 28 acres along the Cumberland Plateau in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky, the sanctuary is nestled in the Daniel Boone National Forest and provides habitat for wildlife: large, small, endangered and common. It is also home to the World Animal Foundation Animal Orphanage housing dogs and cats available for adoption. During your stay at Monkey Hollow's Cabins, experience a diverse array of forest, aquatic, wetland, and upland habitats. Bring your camera: the sanctuary is a safe haven to many species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and other wildlife. Guests may choose from several volunteer opportunities (optional), while also enjoying the many tourist activities offered in Daniel Boone National Forest.
Yoder’s Bulk Foods (606-785-3344), located on the Hindman Bypass, offers an opportunity to step back in time. The store offers specialty cheeses and food items unique to the Mennonite community, baked goods, deli items, bulk cooking supplies and craft items.
Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky (606-436-5721), located in downtown Hazard, features a Children’s Interactive Science Center and a simulated space mission to study a comet or the planet Mars. At the gift shop, visitors can purchase freeze dried ice cream and other freeze dried specialties that astronauts take into space. Reservations are required.
Festivals & Events
There’s something for everyone at Elk Country Corridor’s many festivals and special events. The offerings include, but are not limited to:
- Mountain Showcase, first weekend in April, Buckhorn State Park
- Springfest, April, Bert T. Combs City Park and Campground, Manchester
- Seedtime on the Cumberland, second weekend in June, Appalshop, Whitesburg
- Mountain Arts Festival, third Saturday in June, Valley of the Winds Gallery, Eolia
- Summerfest, July, Rawlings and Stinson Park, Manchester
- Elk Festival, July, Hazard
- Wildlife Day, first Saturday in July, Hyden Fish & Game Club
- Family Folk Week, last week in July, Hindman Settlement School
- Knott County Gingerbread Festival, the weekend after Labor Day in downtown Hindman
- Osborne Brothers Hometown Festival, first weekend in August, Hyden
- Writer’s Workshop, first week in August, Hindman Settlement School
- Ride the Cyprus, Labor Day Weekend, Addington Wildlife Management Area
- Knott County Gingerbread Festival, weekend after Labor Day, downtown Hindman
- Black Gold Festival, third weekend in September, Hazard
- Fallfest, September, Bert T. Combs City Park and Campground, Manchester
- Mountain Heritage Festival, last weekend in September, Whitesburg
- Buckhorn Lake Elk Watch, first weekend in October, Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park
- Mary Breckinridge Festival, second full week in October, Hyden
- Our Appalachia Day, second Saturday in October, Alice Lloyd College, Pippa Passes
- Honey Festival in Jackson, first weekend in September
- Winterfest, December, Downtown Manchester
Many treasures can be found in the shops of Elk Country Corridor. Shopping adventures can include discovering a great antique at Oven Fork Mercantile in Eolia, a rare recording at Appalshop in Whitesburg or a special bottle of local wine at Highland Winery in Seco.
Co-ops, such as Pioneer Village in Red Fox, Morris Fork Crafts in Breathitt Co. and Pine Mountain/Letcher County Crafts Co-op in Whitesburg, allow shoppers to view the work of many artisans at one stop. Fine works of art can be found at Valley of the Winds in Eolia, Kentucky Appalachian Artisan Center in Hindman, and Marie Stewart Craft Shop in Hindman. Along with offering a wide selection of expertly crafted items, several shops are housed in historic structures. Examples include Red Bird Mission Crafts in Beverly, Pioneer Village in Red Fox, J.D. Maggard’s Cash Store in Whitesburg, Oven Fork Mercantile in Eolia and The Cozy Corner in Whitesburg offers one of the finest selections of Appalachian music and books in the area, as well as a selection of the finest quilts and other crafts.
Visitors to Kentucky’s Elk Country Corridor will find a variety of accommodations offering Southern hospitality. Options include Monkey Hollow Wildlife Sanctuary Cabins, historic bed and breakfast inns, independently owned motels, familiar chain lodgings and a family-friendly state resort park with a lodge and cottages.
The aroma of fried cornbread hovers over the valley and mingles with the crisp mountain air. Pull up a chair. A variety of lunch and dinners are on the table at restaurants in Elk Country. Favorite Southern entrees are usually accompanied by fresh-baked biscuits and cornbread, along with plenty of sweet tea.
Country-style cooking can be found throughout the Elk Country Corridor. Every town has restaurants serving up their own variation of treasured Southern recipes. Sample the offerings of the region. The spectacular mountain scenery rivals the food in the area. Enjoy both at the Dining Room at Buckhorn State Resort Park or at Pine Mountain Grill in Whitesburg.
Nearby Attractions & Natural Wonders