Land Between the Lakes

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s 170,000 acre Land Between the Lakes, in western Kentucky and Tennessee, offers some excellent opportunities for camping, day hiking, and backpacking. All hikers are required to check in at any one of the three welcome stations located in the area. Topographic maps, trail brochures, and patches are all available at the welcome centers.
Phone: 270-924-2000
Main Office Address: 100 Van Morgan Drive, Golden Pond, KY 42211

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Tygarts State Forest

Tygarts State Forest contains numerous small trails, most of which start near the Carter Caves State Resort Park horse shelter. The trails are open year-round, and feature many scenic views and illustrate several forest management practices. Primitive camping is available in Carter Caves State Resort Park.
Phone: 1-800-858-1549
Entrance Coordinates: Latitude N 38.38607, Longitude W -83.15651

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Pine Mountain State Resort Park

This was Kentucky’s first state park, and it came into existence in 1924. Located near Pineville, this is one of Kentucky’s most scenic parks, and is also one of its most modern. The Wilderness Road borders on the park, which was one of the most significant arteries of pioneer travel in the late 18th century. The 2,500 acre park is 36 miles southeast of Corbin (off Interstate 75) on US 25E at Pineville in Bell County. The park features 36 primitive camping sites, in addition to indoor lodgings. Nine miles of hiking trails can be found at the park also. The park is open from April 1 to October 31. There are no advance registrations for the primitive camping sites, and showers and rest rooms are provided. Sites are rented on a first-come basis.

Pine Mountain State Resort Park features 10 trails which range in difficulty from easy to difficult. The longest trail in the park is 1.75 miles, and is called the Laurel Cove Trail. Several trails can be hiked both ways to increase their length, and to a small extent, trails can be put together to make longer trails. Points of interest along the trails include Chained Rock, a precariously balanced rock over the city of Pineville chained in place to prevent it from falling in the 1930’s, Honeymoon Falls, Rock Hotel, and Laurel Cove. The trails are open year-round.
Phone: (606) 337-3066
Address: 1050 State Park Road, Pineville, KY 40977

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Lake Cumberland State Resort Park

A blending of wooded forest and beautiful lake awaits the camper at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, set in the Cumberland Mountain foothills of south central Kentucky on one of Kentucky’s largest man-made lakes. The park consists of 147 improved sites, most with electric and water hookups, and has two central service buildings with laundry facilities and showers. Rates are posted. The park is open April through November. There are no advance registrations, and sites are rented on a first come basis.
Phone: (270) 343-3111
Address: 5465 State Park Rd., Jamestown, KY 42629

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Kingdom Come State Park

Located three miles north of Cumberland and 22 miles northeast of Harlan, Kingdom Come State Park consists of approximately 945 acres. The park area is atop Pine Mountain and can be found north of US 119. Raven’s Rock, a massive sandstone outcrop, is located in the main park area. The park includes picnic facilities, showers, and campsites. The campgrounds are open from April 1 to October 31.
Phone: (606) 589-2479
Address: 502 Park Rd., Cumberland, KY 40823

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Little Shepherd Trail

This substantial 38 miles trail in Harlan and Letcher Counties runs between Harlan and Whitesburg, KY, and passes Kingdom Come State Park. The scenic mountaintop road is used by hikers, horseback riders, cars, and four-wheel-drive enthusiasts. A developed campground is available at Kingdom Come State Park, located part-way along.

Yatesville Lake State Park

Located on the banks of a 2,242 acre lake, Yatesville Lake State Park provides great opportunities for fishing, boating, and hiking. In addition to several hiking trails (including a 20-miler), the park has a 27 site regular campground, with a unique twist: its 20 primitive sites are either “boat-in” or “hike-in.” If your unit is looking for a practice location for a canoe trip, Yatesville Lake might be a good location to try!
Phone: (606) 673-1490
Address: 2667 Pleasant Ridge Road, Louisa, KY 41230

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Grayson Lake State Park

This 2,712 acre park is located on fifteen hundred acre Grayson Lake. The park features 71 campsites, boat launching facilities, a beach, and hiking trails. It is located six miles south of Grayson, KY. For Scouts, this park could serve as a base camp for hiking the Api-Su-Ahts Trail. The park is open year-round.
Phone: (606) 474-9727
Address: 314 Grayson Lake State Park Rd., Olive Hill, KY 41164

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Cumberland Gap National Historic Park

Cumberland Gap National Park is one of the most scenic parks in Kentucky. Its 24,000 acres lies in Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. The park consists of precipitous mountains clothed with dense deciduous hardwood forests. The park is open year-round.

For Scouts, the Mischa Mokwa Adventure Trail is the largest highlight of the park. The ~20 mile long Mischa Mokwa is composed of three trails: the Gibson Gap Trail, the Ridge Trail, and the Ewing Trail. The Wilderness Road Campground offers a place to base-camp. Backcountry camping on top of the ridge is only permitted in the designated primitive sites. A free permit from the ranger station is required to camp in the backcountry. Patches for the trail are also available at the ranger station.
Phone: (606) 248-2817
Address: 91 Bartlett Park Road, Middlesboro, KY 40965

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