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Three Great Campgrounds in the Daniel Boone National Forest

Three Great Campgrounds in the Daniel Boone National Forest

Sep 12th 2020

This year has seen many people take up hiking with some wanting to make the transition to camping or even backpacking. A good place to start either is in a primitive campground that is drive-in accessible but is set up for tent camping. Here are three great primitive campgrounds located within the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Clear Creek Campground - Salt Lick, KY


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Clear Creek Campground is located near Cave Run Lake in Bath County. It tends to get overlooked because it is located near two larger, more developed campgrounds on Cave Run Lake. It is adjacent to a small lake, Clear Creek Lake, and offers direct access to the Sheltowee Trace TrailFurnace Arch is 3 miles from Clear Creek along the Sheltowee Trace and makes for a great day hike. For history buffs the circa 1839 Clear Creek Iron Furnace is also nearby.

  • Amenities: Tent pad, grill, lantern post, picnic table
  • Fees: Yes
  • Drinking Water: Yes
  • Restrooms: Vault toilet
  • Bonus Points: Creek, lake, Sheltowee Trace, history, hiking, birding, paddling

Turkey Foot Campground - McKee, KY


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Turkey Foot Campground is located in Jackson County along the banks of War Fork Creek. Most of the campsites are wooded with easy creek access. The Sheltowee Trace Trail passes near the campground and the Turkey Foot Loop Trail is also nearby.

  • Amenities: Tent pad, grill, lantern post, picnic table, fire ring
  • Fees: No
  • Drinking Water: No
  • Restrooms: Vault toilet
  • Bonus Points: Creek, Sheltowee Trace, trout fishing, hiking, spring wildflowers

Great Meadows Campground - Stearns, KY

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Great Meadows Campground is located in McCreary County in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. It sits along Rock Creek, one of the best small trout streams in Kentucky and a designated Kentucky Wild River. Nearby trails include the Sheltowee Trace TrailMark Branch Trail, and Gobblers Arch Trail.

  • Amenities: Tent pad, grill, lantern post, picnic table, fire ring
  • Fees: No
  • Drinking Water: Yes (Shut off during winter months)
  • Restrooms: Vault toilet
  • Bonus Points: Creek, Sheltowee Trace, trout fishing, hiking