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Daniel Boone National Forest, KENTUCKY

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Most Recent Daniel Boone National Forest Camping Reviews
Close to the Arch!

This is a nice campground near the Arch Bridge. The reason for a four star is there is no electricity or water at the sites. There is a communal water spigot which is helpful.  Dyrt needs to make these corrections. It is very shaded which is great for a hot summer day!

Very nice campground, cave tours, and hicking

Get place to camp, bring longer hoses and power cords, leveling blocks will be needed but the sites are not bad for gravel. Best sites are - 1,17,19,22,25,26,27,30,32,35,36,37,49,50,55a,66,67,69,48,73,72,74,75,76,77,80,82

Great location, friendly & helpful staff, tight turns & campsites

Location was within walking distance or short drive to Natural Bridge trails (explored several with kids). Layout of campsite was not suited for longer campers… we have a 30 foot & there were only a few sites that were adequate. The road is narrow (one lane but 2 way) which caused a few bottlenecks if someone is backing in. Don’t make the mistake of going to the end of the campsite or turning around will be a chore. Dump station is on tent site side, which made no sense. Only good for smaller trailers or portable waste tanks.

Bring long or multiple water hoses. The water is located between sites instead of @ the electrical outlet.

Staff was awesome and helpful. We would camp here again but only if we got the right site. Look at site #30 and up for longer trailers but call & double check with staff to make sure you are good to go.

3 stars for the layout and lack of space.

Beautiful & Free, but Lots of Trash Around

We simply love camping in the National Forest Service campgrounds, most often because they are isolated, beautiful, inexpensive and usually, very quiet. We rolled up on a Tuesday night in mid-July and found the campground about ¾ full but still plenty of space for our little trailer. With about a dozen or so sites, some along the lakeshore, others closeby, lots of options exist to be alone or with a group. 

There is no potable water or electrical hookups, but with our solar panel we are always ready for primitive sites.  There were portable pit-toilets (bring your own TP, if you want to have some). There are no trash cans or dumpsters in the area, so plan accordingly. The main activity of folks in the campground seemed to be fishing, so I assume the fishing is good, or at least the trying is. But launching a kayak for an easy paddle about the lake couldn’t be easier from your site. 

We arrived right after a busy holiday weekend, and found our site (and those next to it) full of extra fire rings and heaps of trash. It’s discouraging to love these camping areas and find them in such a rough state after others use them. It’s a good reminder to come prepared to pick up after yourself and others who aren’t as thoughtful. We spent a good hour cleaning up the area, and filled one section of our truck bed with it when we left. Carry it in, folks, and then carry it out.

Clean and Crowded but Quiet

I spent a Friday night there in late June 2020. Most of the campers were in RVs. I found a site at the end of a cul-de-sac away from the other campers. It appeared that the campers observed the quiet hours rules. Sites are close together so there’s not a lot of privacy. Modern amenities, showers, flush toilets. There’s a large lake at the park that accommodates speed boats and jet skis so I didn’t put my kayak in.

Great proximity to trails

Tight sites with some rowdy neighbors. Nice place to go with friends for a local weekend getaway. Not too far from Red River Gorge for more hiking and beautiful KY scenery.

God’s country explored.

Nice management. Basic site with all necessities meet. Nice shaded creek on the outskirts of the campground. Running water, RR, a grill, & Fire ring. All perks. 🔥

Great campsite located in Daniel Boone national forest, close to Red River

This campground is run by the parks dept so it’s first come first serve, you pay at the pay box in cash or check( $25 for single sites with one car, doubles are available and there is a charge for additional cars). We arrived Thursday morning and had lots of options by Saturday the campground was full. The sites are fairly large and private. They have great gravel bases so the tents stay dry, and are equipped with a picnic table and really nice fire pit. There is water sources for every few sites through out the campground. There are gravity toilets throughout and a bathroom with running water and hot showers towards the entrance. The campground is surrounded with hiking trails that have some great views of the gorges and rock formations you can get to within mins. From your tent just by walking. There is an amphitheater that they host different events at(there was black light moth watching when we were there). The campground is dog friendly and located close to the Mountain Parkway in Sloane, KY. I would definitely recommend this if you are in the Red River Gorge Geological area, also hot up Daniel Boone Coffee for a snack, drink or coffee.

Nice and small

Overall friendly campground. Spaces were smaller but we had room to make ours. We had spot 19 and thought it was one of the best. Has mini golf and some beautiful views from the lodge. Not much to do beyond that.

Nice, packed in, lots of litter

Stayed 2 weekend nights. Got lucky we had spots 148 and 149. These are shallow with no yard but offer more privacy. Not good for adding tents or really much else other than chairs. Both fire rings were unusable due to location or being filled with garbage. You also can hear road noise.

The good stuff, it’s a pretty area. We enjoyed the boat ramp area where we could sit long the river. The putt putt course was very fun and shaded. Nice to have a friendly camp grocery store. Overall not bad if you want lots to do and don’t mind sites that are close together.