Bark Camp

Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Distance2.3mi
Elevation Gain1,005ft
Trailhead Elevation917ft
Top929ft
Elevation Min/Max775/929ft
Elevation Start/End917/917ft

Bark Camp

Bark Camp is a hiking trail in Whitley County, Kentucky. It is within Daniel Boone National Forest. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 917 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,005 feet. This trail connects with the following: Flood Route for Sheltowee Trace and Sheltowee Trace.

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Day & Overnight Hikes along Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace National Scenic Trail (Menasha Ridge Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"Bark Camp Creek is one of the most scenic watersheds in Kentucky. There is no single feature that stands out, rather it has a constant evolving beauty that will leave you satisfied every challenging step of the way. This trek follows Bark Camp downstream, sometimes in wooded flats, sometimes below cliff lines, and other times atop bluffs overlooking the flowing water below. The lower portion of the creek has many sliding cascades and tiered falls, collectively known as the Bark Camp Creek Cascades. The Trace crosses Bark Camp Creek and enters the Cumberland River Gorge, where wildflowers grow rampant in spring, to reach Bark Camp Creek shelter, one of only three trail shelters along the entire 282-mile Sheltowee Trace. On the walk back, you are sure to see something you missed on the way down. Be apprised that this hike has lots of ups and downs, though they are never overly steep or long. Outstanding Features: Rock shelters, Bark Camp Creek Cascades, swimming hole, wildflowers, and trail shelter" Read more

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3/7/2010
Nice easy trail with an awesome creek that keep you company. Then some beautyful cascades at the end of the trail. well worth it.
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1/4/2008
It was one of the most scenic trails the wife and I have hiked in Kentucky. The 5 plus round trip miles are loaded with waterfalls, rock formations, couple of rivers, and greenery. It bordered on a primeval hike from beginning to end. It was clearly marked and fairly easy to hike.
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7/24/2006
Excellent trail system...many miles of fun hiking, and cool waterfalls. The Cunberland River is a neat river. However, beware of LOTS of stinging Nettle along the river in the summer. If you usually hike in shorts, BRING PANTS, because there is more nettle than I've ever seen in one place!!
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4/9/2006
This trail is highly recommended. If you are hiking for scenery, then this hike is perfect. Don't turn back too soon. There are more sights ahead!
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Trail Information

Daniel Boone National Forest
Nearby City
Daniel Boone National Forest
Parks
Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, Daniel Boone National Forest
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