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Martins Fork of the Cumberland River reaches from the Kentucky Highway 987 bridge to the eastern boundary of the Cumberland Gap National Park. The character river is very different from other Wild Rivers , which are by comparison, relatively broad, deep, and navigable by kayak or canoe. The Martins Fork corridor is on average 25 feet wide and its average depth is approximately 6 inches. It is home to many state threatened species of flora and fauna. Because there is little human disturbance in this area, Martins Fork is very scenic and holds a high potential for sightseeing and dispersed hiking. 
Much of the Wild River is part of the Martin's Fork State Natural Area.
See our Wild Rivers program page for information on what it means to be a Kentucky Wild River.

The river can be accessed through Martin's Fork State Natural Area.



Access Type: Open to Public
County: Harlan
Region: Southeastern Region
Size: River mile 27.4 to 31.3
Owner: Varies by tract

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Long: -83.3925
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