Best camping trails in Kentucky

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Explore the most popular camping trails in Kentucky with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of camping trails in Kentucky
Top trails (78)
#1 - Van Hook Falls and Cane Creek Valley
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 43 m
Vanhook Falls is located in Daniel Boone National Forest, Laurel County, Kentucky. This Sheltowee Trace trek enters the primitive Cane Creek Wildlife Management Area, descending to beautiful Cane Creek with its large rock slabs perfect for picnicking or listening to the water flow. It then climbs north past Cane Creek to reach Van Hook Falls, which plummets into a sandstone cathedral. Along the way are rock formations, waterfalls, and sandstone bluffs, a truly beautiful parcel of the Bluegrass State. Outstanding Features: Van Hook Falls, rock slabs of Cane Creek, and other unnamed waterfalls. Park near the trailhead at the junction of KY-192 and KY-1193. The parking area is small, but not usually filled to capacity. Cross the road and hike north on Sheltowee Trace #100.Show more
#2 - Gray's Arch Trail Loop
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
Hiking the loop counter clockwise is suggested since the path down from the escarpment is easier to see going downhill. It's a beautiful trial with gorgeous views from the bluffs.Show more
#3 - Double Arch, Courthouse Rock and Auxier Ridge Loop
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 4 m
NOTE: the road leading to the trail head (Tunnel Ridge Road) is closed August 2020 for bridge maintenance so the only way to get there is around 2 miles up rough trail and then 3 miles across the closed road. From the trailhead go to double arch and then backtrack for about a half a mile. Then take the turn off for Courthouse Rock, follow it to Hay Stack. Then back to the trailhead. Very little backtracking and see three great Red River Gorge sites.Show more
#4 - Three Bridges Trail
Carter Caves State Resort Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
#5 - Green River Bluff, Echo River Springs, Sinkhole and Heritage Trail
Mammoth Cave National Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
Note: As of November 27, 2020, Echo River Spring Trail (and others) are temporarily closed however majority of the trail is still accessible. Expected reopening is mid November. More information here: https://www.nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/conditions.htm A loop trail going from the picnic area down to the Green River along the bluffs.Show more
#6 - Pinch-em Tight to Hanson's Point
Natural Bridge State Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
Users recommend downloading an offline map as route finding can be difficult, especially at the end of the trail. Show more
#7 - Indian Staircase to Cloudsplitter
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 43 m
This hike involves walking along Red River Road to get back to the parking lot. The trail and rock scrambling up may be difficult, but it is definitely achievable and well worth reaching the top. There are tons of camping spots on top of Indian staircase and several through the entire trail. Show more
#8 - Gray's Arch Trail
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
#9 - Courthouse Rock and Double Arch via Auxier Ridge Trail
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 53 m
This trail leaves the Auxier Ridge Trail and descends below the cliff along an old logging road to a large rock formation resembling a courthouse.Show more
#10 - Silvermine Arch Trail
Daniel Boone National Forest
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
This trail leaves the backpacker's parking area at Koomer Ridge Campground and follows a dry wooded ridge northeast to Silvermine Arch, a natural arch with a large waterfall below the cliff. A spur trail leads back to Koomer Ridge Campground.Show more
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