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CAMPING & HIKING

 

Riverbank camping can be found all along the Cumberland River. From Harlan Ky. to Cumberland Falls camping can usually be found on high sandy banks. On Lake Cumberland there are primitive campsites such as the one at Beaver Creek, marinas (Conley Bottom) and state parks (Cumberland State Dock) are abundant. Below Wolf Creek Dam there is a campground on the right descending bank. Most of the camping below the dam should be well above flood stage. Wolf Creek Dam generates everyday, waters rise very fast. Beware the water temp is below 50 degrees (trout water) to Burksville Ky. Cordell Hull Lake offers plenty of recreation areas with boat ramps. Defeated Creek Marina and campground offers everything. Old Hickory Lake, on the upper end, there are plenty of campsites. but as you enter the area at Gallatin Steam Plant to Old Hickory Dam there it mostly private property. There are Rec areas though. Mostly private property to Nashville, below the Bordeaux Bridge you will find a lot of farmland. On the right descending bank look for the old abandoned railroad tracks. Good camping! Below Ashland City no problem finding prime spots. Same for Lake Barkley. Check out Cross Creeks, or Land Between the Lakes. Bumpus Mills Marina is the last dock on the river that hasn't changed much. When you get below Barkley Dam be prepared to go back in time about 100 years. All towns have vanished except Smithland.

CAMPING ON THE CUMBERLAND

DANIEL BOONE NATIONAL FOREST

BIG SOUTH FORK

KY PARKS

NASHVILLE DISTRICT CAMPING

 

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CAMPING ON THE TRAILS

APPALACHIAN TRAIL

Rock Creek Campground: 6 miles from Wartburg. Across the river from Nemo. Managed by the Park Service. No reservations and $7.00 per night (new).  Tables and clean port-a-johns. No water or electric. 

 

Melton Hill Dam: TVA property About 35 miles south of Wartburg. Has bathrooms, hot showers, water, and electric hookups. Has picnic area and swimming area. No alcohol allowed on property (it is government property)

 


 

 

During Wartburg Tn. Festival

Camping Site: Primitive - in the woods
Owners: Willie and Teri Gergen
Phone (423) 346-7230
Two miles from Wartburg.
Address: 603 Heidel Rd. (not marked)

Directions: Take Kingston St. out of Wartburg toward Potter Falls. Take first right past cemetery (Heidel Road, aka "Racetrack" road). Travel approximately 1.6 miles to yellow house with green roof on left. Take gravel drive on left at base of dip immediately after this house. Follow gravel drive to end (house and garage) where you will leave your vehicle.

Willie and Teri have an excellent camp spot about 250 yards from your vehicle. They may be available to transport gear down to and out of camp site on their ATV.

Beautiful campsite in the woods with pond and spring . Will have to provide your own water, or bring a water filter (plenty of water to filter). Fires OK in designated areas. Firewood is plentiful. Port-a-john close to campsites. Alcohol ok. Nice spot for small group of up to 10 to 14 people (6 tent sites around communal fire pit). Possibility of 2 to 3 additional sites for 1 to 2 tents. Close to Wartburg and Festival.
 

 

Camping Site Primitive:
Owners: Steve and Valerie Hopper/Hoppers Wholesale Flowers
Address: Barnett Bridge Rd. 
Phone: (423) 965-3674

Take 62N out of Wartburg 10 miles to Island Ford Rd on left (this is about 1 miles past Williams Market). Go left on Island Ford Rd 3 miles to Barnett Bridge Rd. Turn Left and go 1 mile to Hoppers Wholesale Flowers. 200 yards beyond this down on your left is a driveway to large fields with an unfinished cabin. The drive will be marked with orange survey tape. There are about 50 sites. NO water available. Port-o-Johns will be available. Campfires and alcohol are permitted. No fee but donations accepted.