The Best Camping in Kentucky

Looking for the best camping in Kentucky? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Kentucky. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Kentucky

  • Slade, Kentucky

    Hike the Indian Staircase Loop and Cloudsplitter

    5.0
    10 mi
    Starting at the Bison Way Trailhead #210. You'll take this until you come to the intersection of the Sheltowee Trace Trail #100. Go left. You're going to turn right on the unmarked trail just past the sign that says stay on trail. This is quite the incline. Keeping going until you get to the base...
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  • Stanton, Kentucky

    Hike the Auxier Ridge Trail, KY

    5.0
    4 mi / 1300 ft gain
    This can be done as a quick hike, or as an overnighter so you can catch both sunset and sunrise.  Park at the Auxier Ridge Trailhead and take the Auxier Ridge Trail (#204).  Do NOT take the branch on the left for the Courthouse Rock Trail (#202), which you will see after about 1 mile.  In about 2...
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  • Slade, Kentucky

    Camp at Miguel's Pizza

    4.0
    The Red River Gorge is known for the best rock climbing in the east. A man named Miguel opened a pizzeria in the gorge, and soon began letting climbers camp behind the restaurant for a mere $2/night. Today, the tradition has continued, and dozens of climbers call Miguel's Pizza their climbing hom...
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  • Pine Ridge, Kentucky

    Backpack Chimney Top Loop

    4.0
    10.7 mi / 40 ft gain
    Start out on Koomer Ridge Trail to see Hidden Arch. You will then head into the Right Fork Chimney Top Creek watershed, where you'll spend the night. The next day, hike along Buck Ridge to Sheltowee Trace Trail. Gray's Arch is located off of this trail. After stopping at the arch, rejoin Sheltowe...
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  • McCreary County, Kentucky

    Photograph Cumberland Falls

    5.0
    The Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is home to several waterfalls, with the Cumberland Falls being the largest, most prominent, and most well known. It is also called the Niagara of the South due to its size and volume of water flow. It is famous for being the only place in the Western Hemisph...
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  • Grand Rivers, Kentucky

    Backpack the North - South National Scenic Trail

    59 mi / 3362 ft gain
    For 59 miles, the North-South National Scenic Trail winds up and down wooded hollows as you make your way along the length of Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. A National Recreational Trail, the North-South has a great mix of coastal views of Kentucky Lake (one of the largest artif...
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  • Arlington, Kentucky

    Explore Columbus-Belmont State Park

    2 mi / 134 ft gain
    Columbus-Belmont State Park is a stop along the Great River Road National Scenic Byway that combines pivotal Civil War history with dramatic cliffs overlooking the Mississippi River. The park is also a stop along the Trail of Tears National Historical Trail and the Civil War Heritage Trail.  The ...
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  • Cadiz, Kentucky

    Kayak Energy Lake

    Before going to the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area I had heard numerous people explain how peaceful and beautiful the area was, and how empty the lake was dependent on the season. These rave reviews called for a road trip and a 5 day stay in August, which fittingly happened in an...
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  • Stanton, Kentucky

    Martin's Fork to Sheltowee Suspension Bridge

    7.84 mi / 1375 ft gain
    Martin's Fork to Sheltowee Suspension Bridge is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Stanton, Kentucky.
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  • Williamsburg, Kentucky

    Sheltowee Trace Trail to KY 192

    21.03 mi / 2136 ft gain
    Sheltowee Trace Trail to KY 192 is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Corbin, Kentucky.
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  • Stanton, Kentucky

    Red River Gorge Loop

    12.29 mi / 2438 ft gain
    Red River Gorge Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Stanton, Kentucky.
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  • Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

    Echo River and River Styx Springs Trail

    3.53 mi / 489 ft gain
    Echo River and River Styx Springs Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Park City, Kentucky.
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  • Livingston, Kentucky

    Sheltowee Trace: Section 23

    13.59 mi / 1588 ft gain
    Sheltowee Trace: Section 23 is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Livingston, Kentucky.
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  • McKee, Kentucky

    Sheltowee Trace: S Tree Campground to Turkey Foot Campground

    18.67 mi / 1401 ft gain
    Sheltowee Trace: S Tree Campground to Turkey Foot Campground is a point-to-point trail that takes you through a nice forest located near McKee, Kentucky.
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  • Morehead, Kentucky

    Sheltowee Trace NRT - Northern Terminus to Cave Run Lake

    38.17 mi / 3760 ft gain
    Sheltowee Trace NRT - Northern Terminus to Cave Run Lake is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Morehead, Kentucky.
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  • Benton, Kentucky

    North South Trace: Canton Road to Canal Loop

    28.29 mi / 2618 ft gain
    North South Trace: Canton Road to Canal Loop is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Cadiz, Kentucky.
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