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About Nickell Branch
National Forest
Drive In
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Boat In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Nickell Branch is located in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in Kentucky
36.988 N
-88.2 W
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5 Reviews of Nickell Branch
Can be nice

Basic campground. No water or electric. One vault toilet. Probably 15 true sites but several grassy areas that tents and hammocks can use.

The "go to" campground for the north end of LBL.

Nickel branch is the first campground on the north end of Land between the Lakes. the sites are maintained fairly well. There is a boat ramp, a basic outhouse, and good place to swim or fish. nickel branch offers a place for anyone wanting to tent camp. you can basically throw a tent up where ever you find a spot. I stayed there for a week right next to the water and was pretty well left alone by anyone else in the campground. There are hiking trails, fishing spots and being at the north end; your only about 15 minutes away from the closest store. this area requires a backwoods permit which is available at the north welcome station ( also about 15 minutes away)

Penny for your thoughts

Nickell branch is a Backcountry area in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in Kentucky. This is a very primitive camping that is first come first serve. It requires a Backcountry or dispersed camping permit which is available at any of the visitor centers.

Basic Camping

Nickel Branch is an example of a basic campsite. Which you purchase an annual permit for at one of the visitor centers. Realize when you are at a basic campsite there are no frills…thus the name ;)

Nickel Branch ,down a gravel road off The Trace in Land Between The Lakes,Ky is a nice enough area and perfect fit people who want to go all natural in the woods.

There is only one restroom, pit style, not really convenient to any of the camp sites….then again when I'm camping all natural I don't usually walk all the way to a restroom….just sayin.

There is a boat ramp, also not real convenient, though there are a few sites pretty close to it. So hopefully you like one of those or you will be walking a little way to put in. Unless you enjoy bouncing off a drop off and hoping for the best.

There is a trailhead for the Canal Loop at the front of the campground, once again, not convenient to any campsite (are you noticing a theme here). The trail is bike and hiker friendly, be courteous to each other. Will take you along the lake edge and there are some nice views. (Moderate).

There has been a lot of rain this year and some high water levels. When the water goes down trash can be left along the shores as well as a lot of drift. So if you have a minute feel free to pick some up and throw it away. Leave it better then you found it:)

First to Review
Much better spots within LBL to set up camp

Nickell Branch was a miss. It has one set of bathrooms, but they’re not centrally located. There are campsites close to the water, but not a lot of flat ground close to it, so you’re camping higher up and away from the shoreline, and even then the ground wasn’t very flat – so not a good place if you want to sleep in a tent. The sites were primitive – a picnic table and a fire pit, but not all sites had both. The nicest thing about this place was the road in and out which was nicely paved and allowed for some enjoyable biking, but given the options of campsites in the park area, I would look elsewhere before considering this place.