Laws & Policies

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A hiker on the Ft. Putnam Loop trail passes signs reminding visitors to clean up after pets and that it is illegal to collect artifacts in the park.


Camp Nelson

View the presidential proclamation establishing the national monument.

  • Camp Nelson is a protected archeological and geological recovery area. The collection, harm, or disturbance of artifacts, plants, or aniamls is prohibited. No metal detector use allowed.

Superintendent's Compendium (specific rules for Camp Nelson National Monument) (PDF 585kb)

National Park Service

Firearms in National Parks

Visitors may possess firearms within a national park provided they comply with federal, state, and local laws. Federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances.

It is the role of responsible gun owners is to know and obey the federal, state, and local laws applicable to the park they visit.

Last updated: August 17, 2021

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

6614 Old Danville Road Loop 2
Nicholasville, KY 40356


(859) 881-5716
The phone is usually answered 7-days per week, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Voice messages are checked regularly.

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