Daniel Boone National Forest contains steep forested slopes, sandstone cliffs, narrow ravines, and some of the roughest terrain west of the Appalachian Mountains. It extends across 21 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky, totaling more than 708,000 acres; with several streams, rivers, and three large lakes, there are plenty of recreational water opportunities. Millions of visitors come to view the scenic beauty and abundance of wildlife of the forest. The wilderness alone contains 750 types of flowering plants, 170 species of moss, and rare plant species. It's also the home to many species of mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and other wildlife, including deer, hawks, snakes, chipmunks, and hummingbirds.
The area surrounding Daniel Boone National Forest offers various full-service campground opportunities. With the forest open to the public year-round, an RV would be the perfect solution as a home base while you're visiting. If you don't own an RV, consider renting one through RVshare.
Holly Bay Campground sits on the west side region of Laurel River Lake on London Ranger District. It offers a total of 75 RV sites with electric and water hookups. Each site offers a paved vehicle pad, picnic table, fire ring, and lantern pole. An incline boat ramp and fish cleaning station are available on site. Holly Bay Marina is a full-service facility nearby with fishing equipment, boat rentals, and camping supplies. The campground offers a family- and pet-friendly environment.
Enjoy the great outdoors in Cumberland Falls Campground, featuring 50 campsites with water and electric hookups. The campground is currently open from mid-March to mid-November. It is a pet-friendly setting with plenty of amenities such as a grocery store, dump station, restrooms, and showers.
Corbin/Laurel KOA is a big-rig-friendly, pull-through RV campground with water, sewer, and electric hookups. At camp, you can enjoy the swimming pool, shade from mature trees, cable TV, and Wi-Fi accessibility at most campsites. The campground also provides propane and firewood for purchase. Plus, it has a dog park for your furry family members.
Rockcastle Riverside Campground features 40 RV sites with each having electric and water hookups. The campground offers a full-service dump station. Kayaking, rock climbing, swimming, hiking, and picnicking are a few things to do here. Festivals are also held at this campground, and musicians come from all over to play for the campers. Pets that are leashed and service animals are welcome at this campground. RV rates start at $35 a night.
This trail enters the primitive Cane Creek Wildlife Management Area, descending to gorgeous Cane Creek with its huge rock slab formations. Then, it veers north past Cane Creek to reach Van Hook Falls. Along the trail are rock formations, sandstone bluffs, and waterfalls. The waterfalls along the pathway tend to flow with more current after a good rain, but that also means it will most likely be muddy.
Length: 5.7 miles
The Bark Camp Trail sits within the London Ranger District, not far from the town of Corbin. It follows along the north side of Bark Camp Creek and passes under rock shelters and cliffs. After about a mile from the trailhead, you'll come across a small beautiful waterfall. When you reach the junction with Sheltowee Trace National Recreational Trail, you'll see a beautiful cascading falls flowing over the rocks. The creek is well stocked with rainbow trout and other freshwater fish.
Length: 6.1 miles
Hawk Creek Valley Suspension Bridge Trail crosses over Hawk Creek, which is generally well-stocked with various fish species. The trail is highly trafficked and worth it to view the amazing overlooks, 100-foot suspension bridge, and several waterfalls. The route of the trail has an elevation gain of about 560 feet. Pets are allowed on the trail.
Length: 3.8 miles
The trail is heavily trafficked and primarily used for hiking, backpacking, camping, and rock climbing. The Courthouse Rock and Double Arch trailhead are just past Gray's Arch picnic area. You will catch scenic views of Double Arch, Raven's Rock, and Courthouse Rock along the trail. As you follow the staircase down the ridge to meet up to the Auxier Ridge Loop, located in the Red River Gorge, you'll see sheer cliffs on each side of the ridge.
Length: 5.9 miles
Lick Creek Trail is situated near Whitley City, Kentucky. It follows an old roadbed along a ridge for approximately 1 mile before changing to a footpath. You'll encounter some metal staircases that were placed on the trail to simplify its intensity. The trail also features rock overhangs, shelters, woodlands, foliage, and scenic views of the surrounding valley. Near the end of the trail, you'll pass under a waterfall.
Length: 6.3 miles
The Buffalo Canyon Trail starts at the Natural Arch Scenic Area. On the trail, you will experience many beautiful views of wildflowers and other nature. The trail is accessible all year round but can become muddy and slippery after a rainfall or winter snowstorm. It's primarily used for nature trips, bird-watching, and hiking.
Length: 6.7 miles
Enter the stunning serene beauty of Daniel Boone National Forest and quietly escape within its natural habitat of flora, oak, and pine trees. The sloping hills, ridge top flats, and narrow valleys make the forest perfect for stargazing, geocaching, bird-watching, and wildlife observation. Some animal species seen in the forest are squirrels, raccoons, black bears, foxes, eagles, and songbirds.
The forest has well over 600 miles of trails that take you away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The trails also provide horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking opportunities.
You can fish in several routinely stocked streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds throughout the forest.
Address: 1700 Bypass Road, London, KY 40744
Fee: Entry fee $3
The Daniel National Forest features an array of outdoor adventures for the whole family. With miles of acreage, you'll have no trouble finding a secluded area for some inner self-rehabilitation. An RV can only add to the adventure by giving you a private home setting away from home.